Valencia Herder is from Diné (Navajo) from the com-
munity of Hardrock on the Navajo Nation. Her clan is
Chíshí; her father’s clan is Tlízíłani; her maternal
grandfather’s clan is Dzil T’aa’í; and her paternal
grandfather’s clan is Tsé Deeshgizhnii. Her parents
are Dan and Lorraine Herder.
Currently she is the Chapter House Secretary/Teasure
for her home community and also assists with sus-
tainable development through the Indigenous
She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University
with a bachelors degree in Applied Indigenous
Studies and minored in Indigenous Health
She is also a originating member of the
Bio-regional Lifeways Network of the Native
In 2007 she was the southwest director of Native
Movement Organization. Her work is actively involved
in and continues to be involved in sustainability,
agricultural practices and working with the land.
As a junior in the Applied Indigenous Studies program
at NAU, she constructed five small greenhouses for the
Hardrock Youth Garden Project on the Navajo Nation.
Herder hopes to re-establish the connection between
human well-being and a healthy environment by
integrating traditional knowledge with garden based
Center for Health Equality
Women's Earth Alliance
Indigenous Community Enterprises
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