Leading the Way
Our dedicated team is comprised of vision makers utilizing their unique skills, knowledge, and passion to move the work of Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives forward. We are always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and strive to create a platform for Navajo families to support their healing and speak out. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Amber Kanazbah Crotty
24th Navajo Nation Council
Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty is a member of the 24th Navajo Nation Council and serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Naabik’íyáti’ Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee. Delegate Crotty has worked diligently in strengthening responses to sexual violence, exploring data sharing and cross-deputation with outside agencies, strengthening sexual assault laws, and addressing other areas related to sexual assault crimes on the Navajo Nation. Amber is of the Kinyaa’áanii Clan and her maternal grandfather is Deeshchii'nii. She is originally from Tó Halstooí (Sheep Springs, NM), and comes from a long legacy of female leaders, strong weavers, tenacious sheepherders, and loving grandmothers.
She studied American Indian Studies – Law and History at University of California, Los Angeles. As a leader, mother, and community member, Amber advocates for Navajo Citizens who have little to no political agency such as domestic violence victims, sexual assault survivors, vulnerable children, LGBTQ2Si, mental health issues, homelessness, and ICWA children/families. Amber is a firm believer in “Ałchíní bá a’nít’á – Do it for the Children.”
Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives
Jolene worked with Navajo leadership for nearly six years, and in her capacity served as a Sr. Public Information Officer for the Legislative Branch and a Policy Analyst for the Naabik'íyáti' Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, concurrently. She engaged in policy development, research, and advocacy on behalf of leadership and the Navajo Nation. After leaving the Nation, she transitioned to community organizing to promote grassroots efforts to increase awareness surrounding missing and murdered relatives, sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, and to create healing throughout indigenous communities. In her current role, she manages five MMDR Action Teams who are actively working to develop a data institute, increase sustainability, obtain non-profit status, improve community mobilization, and strengthen policy advocacy.
Jolene's maternal clan is Tłízí Łání (Many Goats) and her paternal clan is Lok’aa’ Dine’é (Reed People). Her maternal grandfather is Hashk’ahodzóhó (Yucca Fruit Strung Out On A Line) and her paternal grandfather is Todích’íi’nii (Bitter Water). She is originally from Shonto, AZ and resides in Flagstaff, AZ. Jolene received bachelor's degrees in American Indian Studies and Political Science, and her master’s degree in Criminal Justice, all from Arizona State University.
Founder / Volunteer Advocate
Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates
Yá'át’ééh shik’é dóó shidine'é. Shí éí Meskee Yanabah Yatsayte yinishyé, Naanesht'ézhi nishłí dóó Thunder Clan-Prairie Band Potawatomi baashishchíín. Áádóó Hááłtsóói dashicheii dóó Chichimeca Nakaí dashinálí. I am a community member of Churchrock, New Mexico.
I am the founder of Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates, an advocacy group established in May 2013. After seeing several of our Diné people using Facebook swap-meet groups as a platform to share their missing loved one’s flyers, I decided to research the number of Diné people missing and to my surprise there was no information that could be found other than some links to newspaper stories and a few news station articles. I created the NNMPU Facebook page so that people could have their loved one’s flyers posted to a page that would be seen on Navajo and nationwide.
In July 2017, we publicly came forward with our efforts to help our Nation and continue to update the booklet as needed for community awareness tool. As of today, there are three volunteer advocates that help run NNMPU and advocate for our missing relatives – Karen B. in Flagstaff, AZ area, Vicktoryia in the Prewitt, NM area, and myself in the Gallup and surrounding areas. We continue to volunteer our time to our communities to ensure families are reunited with their loved ones.
Dr. Zoey McKenzie
MMDR Team Member / Injury Prevention Specialist
Navajo Area Indian Health Service
Bio coming soon!