Ts'ah Bii Kin Chapter
tS’AH BII KIN Background
The Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter is located in a rural area of the Navajo Nation approximately 5 miles North of Junction Hwy US-98 & N-16 and about 60 miles north of Tuba City, AZ. The Chapter House was built in the 1960. The community consists of a Senior Citizens Center, Head Start School, Two Convenience Stores, and a Indian Health Service Clinic. According to the 2010 census, the total population of the community is 1252 with 343 households, and the median age being 32.1. The community is predominately Navajo and Navajo continues to be the dominant language. Ts’ah bii kin is approximately 58 miles with 1 hour travel time from Tuba City, Arizona. And it is about 51 miles and 1 hour travel time from Kayenta, Arizona. Most community members travel to Page, Arizona for household needs and it is 59 miles with 1 hour travel time to Page and it is 2 1/2 hours and 134 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona.
Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter has an area of 748,160,000.00 and has 184,867.15 Acres.
The Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter community elects individuals to lead to make decisions for the community. The panel of Chapter Officials is a 3 member governing body who advocate for the people. The Chapter day to day operations is overseen by a Chapter Manager, Administrative Assistant, Planner, Office Assistant.
Vision: We will sustain an inspiring, innovative, self-sufficient, and vibrant community by maintaining accountability and transparency through the preservation of cultural and traditional resiliency.
MISSION: To strengthen the Chapter services that will nurture the quality of life for community members by promoting the harmonious time-honored practices of self-sufficiency.
Goals: There are several community strengths, opportunity, and areas that our community should focus on improving. These determinations resulted in the formation of goals that build on our strengths, take advantage of our opportunities, and overcome our challenges.> Economic Development, Fiscal Responsibility, Excellent Service, Communication, Preserve and Protect.
Public Service Announcement
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER IS DISTRIBUTING COAL CARD:
Coal card are for local community members but (1) one coal card per household. Coal card are limited as first come first serve basis.
Navajo Mine allows employees and chapter members the opportunity to obtain free (1) ton per ticket coal card during the winter.
All coal card are distributed at the Chapter Administration:
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER HOURS:
OPEN FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. (MONDAY- FRIDAY)
(CLOSED FOR LUNCH 12 NOON TO 1 P.M.)
Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter Service Hours:
9:00 A.M. to 12 NOON, 1 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
MONDAY – FRIDAY
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER:
Address: P.O. Box 1755 Kaibeto, Arizona 86053
No Fax #
Dikos Ntsaaigii – 19 (COVID-19):
Order and Daily Curfew hours remain from 11:00 p.m. MDT to 5:00 a.m. MDT.
Public Health Emergency Order Updates
The Navajo Nation is currently in Orange status. The increase in COVID-19 cases led to new public health Emergency orders. Three Public Health Emergency Orders (PHEO) 2021-017, 2021-018, and 2021-019. were issued on August 12, 2021. These public health orders can help decrease the spread of COVID-19 and contagious multiple variants.
Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-19, Public Health Emergency Order Reemphasizing “Safer at Home” Order and Updating Gathering Limits
https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/covid-19. <This website also view COVID-19 testing schedule:
Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-019, is to reemphasize the “Safer at Home” requirements and address updated gathering limits. The requirements of this Order may be extended or changed in a future order. These measures are intended to further ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic by restricting movement of individuals on the Navajo Nation to limit contact to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the strain on medical response capabilities. All provisions of this Order are to be interpreted an imminent threat and menace to public health.
August 12, 2021.
Wearing a mask in public continues to be mandatory (Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-015, August 4, 2021).
2019 TBK Trail Initiative:
“A Walk in the Sage Trail”
Ts’ah Bii Kin summer youth employees construct walking/running trail with “junk food tax” dollars. The Chapter always tries to incorporate the youth to better understand the things life will bring forth, and to prepare them for what’s ahead of them. The trail will encourage the community to implement healthy initiatives in their daily lives.
The project known as the 2019 Ts’ah Bii Kin Trail Initiatives was completed by a group of 20 Navajo students who are part of the Chapter’s summer youth employment program, using revenue collected through the Navajo Nation’s “junk food tax.”
The summer youth employees constructed the 0.8-mile graveled trail over the course of three weeks, which surrounds the perimeter of the chapter. The project was also partially funded in partnership with the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC.
The Chapter hired consultant Matthew Roberts to train and help the students with the first 2 days of construction, the students were quick learners and completed the Project with info gathered during the training.
A project that was predicted to be completed in 10 weeks was completed by 20 of our own youth within 3 weeks. Which brings back the teaching behind “T’AA HWO’ AJI T’EEGO”.
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER HOSTED THEIR 8TH ANNUAL INTERGENERATIONAL CONFERENCE.
The Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter on June 10th and 11th hosted their 8th annual intergenerational Conference where their theme was, “The Resilient and Enduring Dine”. This event that originated in 2013 has been a part of the community to celebrate being Dine (Navajo) bringing together generations for days of learning from each other.
In accordance to our elders our history as Dine people we are taught to believe that all things on this earth were created and placed by the Diyin Dine’e for specific purpose. That we must live in harmony and have respect for the sacredness of the universe. Such understandings and history is orally brought down generation-to-generation in hopes that is all lives on with no end.
The Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter understands that there is an importance in keeping out culture alive to preserve the identity of our people. By hosting the annual Intergenerational Conference the Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter provides a space for our elders and youth to come together for a couple of days to listen to age old customs and traditions. These days are a time to help explore different ways to allow our older generation to pass on valuable life lessons pertaining to Dine ways of life. Such lessons help all to understand how their people were, what their ways consist of, and most of all teach them to be compassionate, generous, and brave. Such a time that helps to reinforce the Dine values and way of life for our youth to carry on.
Each year, the Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter sets aside the first week of their Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to instill in their youth culture and tradition by hosting the Intergenerational Conference. This is the time that students are taught about the processes of producing foods that the Dine people have long live on. The students were taken outside on Tuesday 10, 2021 to start the preparations of digging a hole for the baking of the baking of the Navajo Cake. While, doing so they were taught about how these preparations are done and what ceremonies might require making a cake. The following days they helped to get the place ready for the event while ensuring that the fire in the cake pit continued.
On Thursday, June 10, 2021 sheep was delivered for the butchering demonstration. Miss Navajo Nation, Shaandiin Parrish arrived prepared with her knives and knife sharpener to help demonstrate the processing of sheep to the SYEP students. Starting with the cutting of the sheep’s neck, Miss Navajo Nation was able to demonstrate in accordance to age old traditions. Afterwards the students continued to preparing a meal for the community members whom came to be a part of the audience. During such, the process of kneel down bread was started. The students were shown by the Chapter staff on how to prepare the husks, cut the kernels of corn off the cob, grind the corn, how to prepare both blood sausage and regular kneel down bread. This went into getting the Navajo Cake batter prepared. The students were given the task of getting the batter prepared to put into the cake pit for the cake to cook underground over night. After the cake batter was prepared it was time to put the batter into the ground, the students again were shown the process that went in placing the husks in a certain manner and making offerings for success before covering the cake batter to be covered to cook for the night. After this the kneel down bread was also put into a pit to cook. After an hour the kneel was uncovered and set aside to cool. More food was prepared for the community in preparations for the starting of traditional singing and dancing by Mr. Joe Tohannie and his Apache Crown Dancers. Many participants enjoyed themselves the rest of the night.
On Friday, June 11, 2021 Chapter Staff demonstrated the cutting out of the Navajo Cake. After successfully getting the cake out of the ground, blue corn mush and chilchin (sumac berries) were demonstrated by the chapter staff. Food preparations continued to provide a meal for the community at noon.
All in all, the Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter had another successful event. We can only hope that our students retain the knowledge brought forth to them. The Chapter Officials applaud the Chapter Manager and Administrative Assistant for teaching the Summer Youth knowledge that was passed down to them by their elders. All staff go above and beyond to make sure any and all community related events are successful. As Chapter Officials we appreciate their services and commitments to the Ts’ah Bii Kin Community. Thank You.
St. Mary's Food Bank Distribution:
St. Mary Food Bank in Collaboration with Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter to service the community every 4th MONDAY OF THE MONTH.
Next: St. Mary’s Food Bank Distribution at Ts’ah Bin Kin Chapter:
Monday, October 25, 2021. @ 1 p.m.
NO CONTACT DISTRIBUTION:
All participants will need to wear a face mask and to stay in their vehicles at all times!
Things to know before you come: Arizona photo ID is required for each Household requesting food. Each ID must have an Arizona address on it to receive food.
St. Mary Food Bank Distribution on September 27, 2021 @ 1 p.m.
“To Strengthen Chapter Service that will further enhance the quality of life for our people by infusing the harmonious time- honored practices of self sufficiency“
“We will sustain an inspiring, innovative, self-sufficient, vibrant community by maintaining accountability, and transparency through the preservation of cultural and traditional resiliency”.
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER OFFICIALS
HAPPY JERRY BEGAY
TS’AH BII KIN CHAPTER ADMINISTRATION
VERNON WILLIE SR