CONTACT

ADDRESS

Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. (RAW)

741 East 9000 South, Suite 200

Sandy UT, 84094

 

EMAIL

moroni@restoringawcoalition.org

yolanda@restoringawcoalition.org

 

NUMBER

801-561-7374

fax 801-561-7835.

 

RAW is a nonprofit 501C3 funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice in support of Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions.

Mission

Restoring Ancestral Winds mission is to support healing in our indigenous communities. We will: advocate for healthy relationships; educate our communities on issues surrounding stalking, domestic, sexual, dating and family violence; collaborate with Great Basin community members and stakeholders; honor and strengthen traditional values of all our relations. 

STAFF 

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Coordinator of Advocacy and Public Policy | Diné

STAFF

moroni@restoringawcoalition.org

Moroni Benally is the Coordinator for Public Policy and Advocacy at Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. He also serves as a Board member of Western Resource Advocates, a conservation organization that seeks to protect the West's land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature.


He co-founded the Utah League of Native American Voters where he assisted and advocated on behalf of tribes on public lands, water, voting rights, and violence prevention.


He also served as Director of the Navajo Nation’s Division of Natural Resources where he helped facilitate the Navajo Nation’s involvement in the Bears Ears National Monument and worked extensively on natural resource policy at the tribal, state, and federal levels. Additionally, he served at Vice-President of Diné College. Prior to this he taught at Evergreen State College in the Masters of Public Administration program.


He is currently finishing a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Washington, focusing on collaborative governance around natural resources. He is Diné and currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

MORONI BENALLY

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Executive Director | Diné

STAFF

yolanda@restoringawcoalition.org

BIO: Yolanda Francisco-Nez is from the Navajo/Dine’ tribe. Her clan is Edgewater (Tabaaha) born for the Basque People. She was born and raised in Tsehootsoi (Fort Defiance), Arizona. Yolanda is the granddaughter of a Navajo Code Talker Vincent Yazza.

Ms. Francisco-Nez is the Executive Director of Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. Yolanda is a strong advocate of the Native people especially women and children. She uses her expertise to help inform policy. She served four years as board chair of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). In 2017, under the leadership of Navajo Nation Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, she helped establish a Navajo Nation Council Sexual Assault Prevention Work Group to address child abduction, sexual violence and human trafficking. In this role she facilitated a policy brief on child abduction and sexual assault, a chapter resolution to install the Amber Alert on the Navajo Nation, and hosts community dialogues on sexual assault throughout the Navajo Nation. In 2018, she received special recognition for her achievements from the Navajo Nation Council.

She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is trained in Anti-discrimination Response Training from the University of British Columbia and received advocacy training from UCASA and Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC).

 

For 17 years, Francisco-Nez served three mayors at the executive level of Salt Lake City government. Among the highlights of her career is the opportunity to address the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland about her award-winning program the Human Rights Education Project. She has co-authored reports on discrimination, women’s rights and excessive use of force. Among other achievements, “The Status of Women in Salt Lake City” was published and used to help guide a resolution to establish a Commission to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Law Enforcement Excessive Use of Force.

 

Ms. Francisco-Nez played a significant role in being the first city in Utah to pass legislation to protect the LGBTQI2S from employment discrimination which led to a statewide law. Prior to working city government, she was the president of the Native American Celebration in the Park and vice president and founding partner at Cal Nez Design advertising agency. In 2017, Francisco-Nez was named top 30 Women to Watch in Utah by the Utah Business Magazine.

YOLANDA FRANCISCO-NEZ

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Board Member | Diné

1st term: February 26, 2019-February 2020

Treasurer, appointed Nov 29, 2019

ALASTAIR BITSOI

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Board Member |  Diné

1st term: September 13, 2013-September 20, 2017, Board Member and Secretary

2nd term: September 21, 2017-September 2019, Board Member

Interim Secretary, appointed Nov 29, 2019

 

BIO: "My current position in managing Kokopelli Inn has given us an opportunity to

work with the local DV program due to no shelter in the vicinity.

 

Since May 2012 to 2019, I worked with the Southeastern Dine Domestic Violence

Coalition as a p/t victim advocate as a volunteer, serving the southern Utah strip.

 

As a former advocate volunteer, I had an opportunity to work with Crown Point

Behavioral Center Tribal Court, working with teens on developing awareness on

school truancy, bullying, teen dating violence, and drug/alcohol abuse.

 

As former office manager/training coordinator with Tribal Law & Policy Institute,

our office provided tribal court training, T/TA to tribes on various grants, and

assisted n coordinating the bi-annual Indian Nations Conference. Acted as a

liaison among the Natives in Southern California area and with students at UCLA.

 

While with ASU/American Indian Institute office manager, my task was to assist

with student retention/recruitment, honors program, student cultural program,

and the annual RETAIN conference, aside from the office tasks.

 

As an ASU student, I had the opportunity to work with the Mayo Clinic, Maricopa

Medical Center, and the Hispanic Research Center on a cancer research project

among the Arizona Indigenous community and the Mexican/American"

community.

LAVERN DENNISON

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Board Member | Diné

1st term: September 17, 2018-September 2020

BIO: Dr. Chuck Foster has 40 years of education experience, both as a teacher and an administrator. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Brigham Young University.  As an educator, he brings a wealth of experience with his association with students, communities, state agencies, colleges/universities and Tribal Education. His professional work is recognize by many American Indian Educators to infuse Native language, culture and Native learning styles into the context of teaching and learning. He presently serves as the American Indian Education Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.

HAROLD CHUCK FOSTER

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Board Member | Choctaw

1st term: February 6, 2018-February 2020

 

Ms. Taylor earned a B.F.A. and a B.S. in Anthropology/Sociology at Montana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies through the Faculty of Archaeology program at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has taught American Indian Studies and Culture for over 25 years locally, nationally, and internationally at all educational levels. She has worked on creating American Indian curriculum for public schools. At present she is a cross-cultural consultant for University Health Sciences and the Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at University of Utah. She sits on several national Indian Education boards.

FRANCI TAYLOR

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Board Member | Ute Mountain Ute/Seneca/Cayuga

1st term: May 8, 2018-May 2020

Board President, appointed Nov 29, 2019

BIO: Griselda is from Towaoc, Colorado and is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. She is also Seneca/Cayuga from Quapaw, Oklahoma.  Griselda is the Education Director for Ute Mountain Tribe in White Mesa, Utah. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global Campus. Griselda is part of several boards and participates in various organizations to help bring services to the community.

GRISELDA ROGERS

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Past Board President: Angie Makomenaw

1st term: September 13, 2013-December 2013, Board Member

2nd term: November 2014-June 2019, Board President

 

Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. is organized exclusively for non-profit charitable and educational purpose under the Utah Revised Non-Profit Corporation Act.