Welcome To The 3rd Annual

NAVAJO NATION

TOURISM CONFERENCE

February 14 - 16, 2023

Twin Arrows Casino - Flagstaff, AZ

Navajo Nation Tourism Conference

Transforming Tourism Beyond Recovery

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Conference Agenda

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8:30 AM – 10:30 AM: OPENING GENERAL SESSION | Diné Ballroom

POSTING OF COLORS: tbd

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Miss Navajo Nation, Valentina Clitso

INVOCATION
INTRO: ‘NAVAJO NATION TOURISM VIDEO’ (3:00mins.)

Special Thanks: Navajo Nation TV & Film Office
Edsel Pete, Program Mgr., and Kaene Antonio, Broadcast Technician

WELCOME and INTRODUCTIONS
NAVAJO NATION PRESIDENT BUU NYGREN, Ph.D

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: tbd

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Twin Arrows A/B
Agribusiness on Navajo Nation
Ben Zachariah, Owner. Bidii Baby Foods, LLC

Diné ADG
‘Culture Tour’ providers on the San Juan River
Louis D. Williams, Owner. Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures, LLC

Diné BEH
Comm. Engage. & Parternships, Sm. Bus. Initi. DED Dev. Strategic Plan
Douglas W. Capitan, (D) Director, M.ED., MPA. NN Division of Economic Development

Diné CFI
Enjoying Nihikeyak: Increasing Visitation from our Own Diné
Manuelito Wheeler, Dir., Navajo Nation Museum

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Twin Arrows A/B
Outdoor Bed & Breakfast
Baya Meehan, Owner, Shash Diné Eco Retreat

Diné ADG
Navajo TV and Film Office
Edsel Pete, Manager, Broadcast Services Navajo Nation

Diné BEH
Tour Operating Permits
Martin Begaye, Mgr, Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Navajo Nation

Diné CFI
TBA
The View Monument Valley Inn

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 3

Twin Arrows A/B
The Tremendous Potential of Indigenous On & Off the Reservation
Louis E. Williams, Owner. Ancient Wayves River & Hiking Adventures

Diné ADG
Cultural Tourism Matters
Jeremy D. Arviso, Marketing Dir. Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours

Diné BEH
'Sunbeam  Tours & Railway' as a Community-Based Asset & Attraction
Celesta Littleman, CEO-Co-Founder, Sunbeam Tours & Railway (STAR)

Diné CFI
TBA
Kathleen Frank, Program Manager, NAU Ctr for Amer. Ind. Econ. Dev.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: REFRESHMENT BREAK

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 4

Twin Arrows A/B
Customer Service
Kristine Laughter, Dir., Kinship Leading, Change Labs

Diné ADG
Workshop: "Writing Ad Copy That Sells"
Clifton Chadwick, National Underwriting Dir., Koahnic Broadcast Corp.

Diné BEH
Enhancing Cultural Importance for Community Needs; Round Rock Trading
Kayla Jackson, MFA Program Spec.; Theodore (Ted) Jojola, Ph.d, Regents Prof., UNM Dir., Indigenous Design and Planning Instit.; Anthony Fettes, MLA, UNM - Landscape Arch. Assist. Prof.

Diné CFI
How to start a tourism business on Navajoland
Sally Yabeny & John Largo, Sr. Econ. Dev. Spec., NNDED

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Twin Arrows A/B
Artists on the Rez, How do we get the World to See Us?
Roberta Begaye, Artist, Bitterwater Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Diné ADG
Navajo Film Office
Edsel Pete, Prog. Manager, Navajo Nation TV & Film Office

Diné BEH
TBA
Lena Fowler, Commissioner, Coconino County, Flagstaff, AZ

Diné CFI
TBA
Harold Skow, President/Owner, Yalti Telecom, LLC

9:10 AM – 10:10 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Twin Arrows A/B
Earn Your Certificate in Redesign with Health in Mind (Session 1 of 2)
Laurel Berman, Ph. D, Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry; Randall Stephens, Sr. Planner, The Antero Group

Diné ADG
Community Master Planning I
Eric V. Neagu, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, The Antero Group

Diné BEH
Marketing
Taylor Lawrence, Marketing Prog. Mgr., New Mexico Tourism Dept.

Diné CFI
Customer Services
Kristine Laughter, Dir., Kinship Leading, Change Labs

10:10 AM – 10:20 AM: REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION 3

Twin Arrows A/B
Anthropology Yesterday and Today
Rena Martin, Anthropologist-owner, Dinehtahdoo, LLC

Diné ADG 
Workshop: "Writing Ad Copy That Sells"
Clifton Chadwick, National Underwriting Dir., Koahnic Broadcast Corp.

Diné BEH
How to Lease Navajo Nation Lands for Tourism Development
Sally Yabeny & Genevieve Bighorse, Sr. Econ Specialists, Econ Dev. Shiprock Reg. Business Dev. Ofc.

Diné CFI
Creating Jobs on Reservations to Grow Economies/Importance of Infrastructures/Taxation Key to Fund Services
Waylon Honga, Hualapai Tribe; Raymond Maxx, Navajo Nation

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCHEON (BUFFET STYLE)

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

‘State Partnerships with Navajo Nation’

  • Flint Timmins, Destination Dev. Lead, Utah State Tourism
  • Dawn Melvin, Tribal Liaison, Arizona Office of Tourism
  • Antoinette Vigil, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Tourism
  • Arval T. McCabe, Dept. Mgr., Navajo Nation Tourism Department
  • Martin Begay, Dept. Mgr., Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 4

Twin Arrows A/B
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours
Lionel Bigthumb, COO, LeChee, AZ.

Diné ADG
TBA
Kathleen Frank, Prgrm Mgr, Ctr for Amer. Ind. Econ. Dev. NAU

Diné BEH
Strategic Planning Development
Brian Cole, President, Building Communities, LLC.

Diné CFI
Visual Tools for Communities
Lloyd DeGrane, Photojournalist, Chicago

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 5

Twin Arrows A/B
Navajo Business Regulatory
Notah Silversmith, Mgr, Business Regulatory, Navajo Nation Div. of Econ. Dev.

Diné ADG
International Marketing
Emerson Vallo, President, AIANTA Board - Southwest Region

Diné BEH
Learn to Grow Your Business with Accounting
Delphina Begay, CEO,WaterEdge Business Solutions, LLC.

Diné CFI
Designating Land for Your Business

Navajo Land Department

3:45 PM – 3:55 PM: BREAK -- Visit our exhibitors and artisans!
3:55 PM – 4:55 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 6

Twin Arrows A/b
Navajo Enacted Taxes, Sales Taxes
Tax Commission, Navajo Nation

Diné ADG
Community Master Planning II
Eric Neagu, PE LEED AP, Princi. The Antero Group

Diné BEH
Keep Kayenta Beautful
Chris Burnside, Public Relation, Kayenta Township

Diné CFI
Gateway to Monument Valley
Geri Laughter, Economic Dev. Spec., and Olivia Jones, Town Manager, Kayenta Township

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM DOORS OPEN – EVENT CENTER

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EVENING BANQUET
MC: (BLANK)
INVOCATION: (BLANK)
EVENING GUEST ENTERTAINER:
Tatanka Means, Actor & Comedian. ‘Laughter is Good Medicine!’
*Merch available after his comedy set! BRING CASH!

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Twin Arrows A/B
Apply your New Skills in Redesign with Health in Mind. (HANDS-ON SESSION)
Laurel Berman, PhD, Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry; Eric Neagu, PE, LEED AP, Princi. The Antero Group.

Diné ADG
Outdoor Recreation as a Revenue on Navajo Land
Jon Yazzie, Tour Operator, Dzil Ta’ah Adventure, LLC

Diné BEH
Workshop: "Writing Ad Copy That Sells"
Clifton Chadwick, Nat. Underwriting Dir., Koahnic Broadcast, Corp.

Diné CFI
Incorporating on Navajo Nation
Daisha Holyan, Prog. & Proj. Spec. NN Business Regulatory Dev. Office

10:30 AM LUNCH

CLOSING REMARKS: (BLANK)
BENEDICTION: (BLANK)
RETIRE COLORS: (BLANK)

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