IRAD (Inspired and Resourceful Advocates for Democracy) News

Navajo Nation

Having watched news coverage of the CoVid 19 escalation among fellow citizens at
Navajo Nation in Arizona, several members of SCI’s IRAD group made contact with the
Attorney General of Navajo Nation to determine medical equipment needs at their 13
Health Centers. A member of IRAD (a retired physician) had an opportunity to purchase
PPE equipment at a discounted rate. Three hundred and twenty-five pounds of PPE were
secured and driven by truck from Santa Cruz to Flagstaff, AZ where the transporters met
Navajo citizens Debbie Nez-Manuel and her husband Royce. Debbie and Royce
graciously drove the equipment from Flagstaff to the Navajo Receiving Center at
Window Rock where it was accepted with sincere appreciation. Anyone wishing to
contribute the NN can do so at: . Debbie is running for State
House in Legislative District 26 (Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix). Any support would be

National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP)

This organization is headquartered in Gallup, NM with a branch in Albuquerque, NM.
The organization serves 150 middle and high school youth living in multi-family
households in and around reservations. Tribal outreach includes Navajo, Pueblo and
Oglala Lakota. The organization focuses on the development of leadership skills,
educational guidance, tribal customs, wilderness activities, and maturational issues. The
IRAD group was able to gather a small amount of art supplies and 350 masks - made by
members of our Santa Cruz Community and the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association - for
placement in the youth’s monthly gift bag distribution. For further information check out
their website at or send a contribution to Celeste Yazzie, Director, NIYLP ,
305 Sunde St. Gallup, NM 87301. This is an award winning 501 c (3) organization.
Contact any member of IRAD for additional information.