‘Shelter’ to Be Built on the Back of a Native American Woman

The shelter will be named after a woman who served as a community organizer for the Navajo Nation, a tribal leader said Thursday.

The Navajo Nation will be the anchor tenant of the Shelter, which will include a library, a library-like experience, a dining hall, a meeting room, a recreation center, a yoga studio, a theater and a dance studio.

The Shelter will also serve as a refuge for Native Americans who are facing domestic violence and sexual assault.

In 2017, Shelter and the Shelters in the Forest are named after two Native American women, Ella and Esther.

Esther, a community leader who is a member of the Navajo Tribe, served as Shelters director and executive director from 2010 to 2015.

Ella, a member on the Navajo Reservation, was the first woman to be hired as Shelter director and was named executive director in January 2019.

Hends Community College said the project is being funded through the Navajo Community Development Program.

The nonprofit said the Sheltering will offer students, parents and community members access to community programs that offer support, safety and resources to students, their families and those living in the Navajo nation.

“Our community is the heart of America, and we need more shelters to offer a safe haven for our residents, families and community,” Hends Community said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the Navajo National Congress called on the Trump administration to build a shelter for the tribe in southern Arizona.