March 03, 2017 (52 days ago)
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye Featured Keynote Address at 2017 Indian Biz Expo

3/3/17 (Denver, CO) - RMICC welcomes Navajo Nation President, Russell Begaye, as the featured keynote address for the 2017 Indian Biz Expo in Denver CO.  Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from President Begaye on business opportunities and current business outlook at Navajo Nation.  Past keynote speakers featured tribal leadership from HoChunk Nation, Crow Nation, Southern Ute Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Nation, and more.  "Our constituents appreciate an opportunity to hear directly from Tribal Leadership.  We are thrilled to welcome President Begaye," says RMICC Executive Director, Shadana Sultan.  

Russell Begaye was born and raised in Shiprock, New Mexico.  He grew up in a small farmhouse along the San Juan River with his four brothers and four sisters. His father was a farmer and a Road Man with Azee Bee Nahaghahi.  His mother was an herbalist, songwriter, hand trembler, and crystal gazer.

 He is born into the Red House People Clan (Kinłichíi’nii) and born for the Folded Arms People Clan (Bit’ahniii). His maternal grandfather’s clan is Red-Running-Into-the-Water Clan (Táchii’nii) and his paternal grandfather’s clan is Salt People Clan (Áshįįhí)

As a young boy he received his formal education from Shiprock Boarding School. After two years at the local boarding school, he transferred to the Shiprock Public School system, and later graduated from Shiprock High School.

After high school, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles (“UCLA”). Soon after graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Russell taught for several years as a faculty member in the UCLA’s Department of Linguistics.

Begaye has worked extensively with the Navajo government, neighboring Native American tribes and organizations to build collaborative partnerships. He has worked with tribal leaders on developing communities and growing businesses by utilizing business techniques that harmonize with the natural world.

In 2011, Begaye began his public service as a Navajo Nation Council Delegate representing the Shiprock Chapter. He served on the Law and Order Committee of the Navajo Nation Council. He strongly advocated for the re-criminalization of over 20 criminal acts against women, children and the disabled.

As a Navajo Nation Council Delegate, Begaye had seen and faced many hurdles and barriers that prevent our Nation from moving forward. Over the past four years, he has been developing a plan of action to address the issues the Nation faces, one by one.

President Begaye strongly believes in unity. He believes that we must all work together, the Navajo Nation Council, the Navajo Nation President and all 110 Chapters.

The 2017 Indian Biz Expo will be held Monday April 10, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel (3203 Quebec St, Denver CO).  Tickets ($100 for Chamber Members/$125 Non Chamber Members) are available while supplies last.  For more information regarding the event and registration: .  

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