Indigenous Life Ways

Indigenous Lifeways


Our History...

Our Mission


As an Indigenous oriented organization, we utilize traditional knowledge, ceremonies, and a deep understanding of our communities to provide education and facilitate opportunities as we work to create health, prosperity, and capacity for ourselves, our families, and communities.

Our Beginnings...


Indigenous Life Ways (ILW) began as a collective action, culture-based organizing in 1987 as the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum. 

In our 30 years we have worked with over 150 Tribal and convened a gathering of Indigenous peoples from Alaska, North America, Bolivia, Japan converged near Acoma Pueblo to discuss uranium developments and share knowledge, experiences, and strategies combating nuclear power worldwide. We continue our work protecting Sacred Sites and our precious water. 

...To Now


We work to continue the preservation of our culture, our Sacred Sites and Treaties made with Indigenous Communities. 

We network with and organize indigenous communities to: Record and archive our traditional language indigenous rights nonprofit indigenous issues and knowledge; address sacred sites under attack; and Monitor the status of Treaties and water rights.

Engage Proactively toward Climate Adaptation. 

We provide current data on how climate change impacts indigenous communities and facilitate proactive solutions. 

Cultivate Green Pathways (Economic Development)

We provide support to indigenous organizations and individuals as they engage in and create economic opportunities based in conservation of resources, maximum utilization of renewable resources, sustainable food production, and the creation of food and resources sharing networks.

Build  Individual and Community Capacity from Within. 

We assist Dine Communities groups to build their organizational infrastructure, Promote good governance through Traditional Knowledge; Provide Leadership Development training to individuals and community groups; and Expand opportunities for Indigenous women to participate in public life. 

About Our Staff

Our Executive Director, Krystal Curley

Krystal Curley created a cartoon character of herself.

Krystal F. Curley is from a small town of Gallup, New Mexico which is known to most people as the “Indian Capitol of the World”. Her Navajo clans are Kin’yaa’aannii (Towering House), Kin’lichnii, (Red House), Naakai Din’e (Mexican), and Honaghaanii ( One who walks around). 

Growing up Mrs. Curley always knew she was born to help her Navajo people. She has been actively involved in improving her community since the tender age of 14 years old. Her training background ranges from underage drinking prevention, suicide prevention, media literacy, and anti-racism. 

Mrs. Curley has a degree in Film Production from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Combining both her community engagement and filmmaking experience she is able to bring awareness to issues like alcoholism, mental health, environmental racism, and intergenerational trauma. 

Our Outreach Coordinator, Kooper "Indigenize" Curley

Kooper Standing on top of Canyon de Chelly during our Navajo Nation Energy and Climate Change Tour.

Indigenize is Navajo Rap Artist from Southern Navajo Nation. He's lyrics and message are for healing and knowledge gaining. He's Navajo clans are Kin’yaa’aannii (Towering House), Kin’lichnii, (Red House), Naakai Din’e (Mexican), and Honaghaanii (One who walks around). 

Love music and decolonizing?

 Then this is the right place for you.  Indigenize has been to over dozens of school districts from Montana to Pinon AZ promoting his artistic expression through hip-hop music. 

Though this music he is able to help protect sacred sites and indigenous rights from Alaska to Mauna Kea to NYC to Bay Area California. 

Our Board Members...


We are thankful have all our Board Members be Indigenous women from the Navajo Nation. 

President-Quetrah Anderson

Vice President- Position to be filled ASAP

Treasurer/ Secretary- Loreen Gray