Meet the NavajoStrong Team
Founding Executive Director
My name is Bud Frazier and I grew up in American Fork, Utah. When I was 17, we moved to Blanding, Utah - which borders the Navajo Community - to be closer to my grandparents. I am a proud Navajo American who spent much of my childhood with my grandparents, who lived on a mesa in a remote area with no electricity or running water. They taught me the importance of being Navajo. They taught me the Navajo language, stories of our ancestors, pride in our heritage, and resilience in our hardships. And of course, they taught me to herd sheep. Whenever I would visit I would help with the arduous task of hauling water, I would watch my grandmother prepare every meal using wood and coal instead of an electric stove, I would observe ancient practices using the medicine mother earth provided to heal the sick. These memories consumed me when COVID-19 was discovered because I knew the people still living in the Navajo Community would be greatly affected and underserved.