Deon Ben

Native America Director

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Little-Known Facts
  • I love rounding up my cattle & branding
  • I am in love with Asian cuisines
  • I am a closeted vintage and antique collector
  • I love electric dance music (especially DJ Duo Galantis)
Colorado Plateau Favorites
  • Jacob Lake milkshakes
  • Navajo National Monument canyon country
  • Cameron Trading Post’s roast beef
  • Spencer Trail, Marble Canyon Arizona
Interests & Hobbies
  • Playing basketball
  • Attending Navajo tribal fairs
  • Team roping
  • Arizona Cardinal fan
  • Training for a full marathon

Deon's Blog


We caught up with Sunny Dooley at a recent gathering to hear her ideas on why it’s important for tribes to get together, escaping the “non-profit industrial complex,” and caring for bloated goats.

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Fourteen contemporary Puebloans eliminated all pre-European contact foods, including sugar, alcohol, wheat, beef, chicken, and even chili.

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Native people from across the Southwest and from as far away as Canada and South America attended the first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering for Healthy Communities, Culture, and Climate.

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