I am Navajo and reside in Sawmill, Navajo Nation (AZ). I have been trained in Architecture and have run my firm TSDG/Southwest, Inc. since 1992. We provide professional design services for our clients in Native America. Our practice is in the areas of hospitals, Schools, residential projects and Community Planning.
I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture 1988 and have been working in the field ever since. I have been fortunate to work for some really great Architecture firms and learned quite a lot from Taliesin Architects in Scottsdale the Frank Lloyd Wright firm. While I was Taliesin Architects, we developed the Neo-Traditional Native American Architecture application into the built environment for our projects in Indian Country.
I am currently employed by the Navajo Nation as the Division of Economic Development Director for a little over three years and it has been a challenging experience. President Shelly has directed me to provide avenues for continued prosperity on the Nation and create more jobs for the Navajo people.
The Navajo Nation is vast and has limited infrastructure but we are making headway and have been able to turn the tide and move to change the perception that doing business on the Nation is good for all. We are changing the land status to provide equity on the Navajo Nation which no tribe has been able to do. We are currently in the development of a Railroad Port to be located in Thoreau, NM.
We are also developing the Grand Canyon destination resort now which is estimated at $180 million and will be a world class resort on the Navajo Nation. We are starting the initial planning for an Inland Port on Navajo at an old abandoned mine site. These are a small portion of the overall work we are doing at the Division and I could not have come this far without a great team that work for me at the Division.
I have been blessed to have a visionary leader in President Ben Shelly and will work hard to complete all of our projects. I will continue to serve the Navajo Nation until the end of my term and look forward to more opportunities to provide a better quality of life for on the Navajo Nation.