Matthew Kirk Tafoya

Matthew Kirk Tafoya

Matthew Kirk Tafoya

CEO | Indigenous Intervention

Matthew Kirk Tafoya is Navajo Red Bottom Clan born for the Tewa Corn Clan, his maternal grandfathers are Navajo Tahnahzane Clan, and his paternal grandfathers are the Tewa Winter Clan. Matthew is happily married for twenty years, has three children, and resides within the Navajo Nation Sacred Mountains. He is a Ph.D. student in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona where he focuses on Native Nation Building and natural resource management with a minor in health promotion and disease prevention.

Matthew’s educational goals are to earn a PhD. and provide Indigenized solutions to health problems extending from colonization and climate change. He would like to bridge gaps in research and he has been working with Native American communities to create policies and systems grounded in Indigenous culture, knowledge, and methods to improve the social ecologies of Indian reservations and make them more conducive to human health and wellness. his professional goals are to elevate and validate Indigenous ways of Nation building focusing on people, institutions, and ecology. Currently, the founder and CEO of Indigenous Intervention which is a business serving Turtle Island in the capacity of re-building food systems and sustainable built environments.