Janene Yazzie is a community organizer and human rights advocate that has worked on development and energy issues with Indigenous communities across the United States for the past 12 years. Co-founder of Sixth World Solutions LLP., and co-founder of the Navajo Nation Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association (LCRWCA), she has built expertise in infrastructure policy, integrated land and water management, and restoration and protection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) systems. For her international work she is currently the Sustainable Development Program Coordinator for International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and serves as IITC’s representative as co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) of the UN High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. For her local work she is the manager of Indigenous Infrastructure and Policy for LatinGroup LLC., through which she serves as project manager for the Laguna Broadband Network project led by the Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority. She also serves as co-chair of the Traditional and Cultural Values Subcommittee of the Navajo Nation Genetics Research Policy working group. She sits on the advisory board of the Oxfam Land Rights Now Campaign and is also a member of the Right Energy Partnership, an international initiative led by the IPMG to apply a Human rights framework in sustainable energy development projects globally.
Why traditional knowledge matters: GLF in conversation with Janene Yazzie