Tribal Affiliation/Ethnic/Racial Backgrounds:
Executive Director, United Natives Inc.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Research Assistant
Majestic Behavioral Health Psych-social Rehabilitator
M.P.H. Masters in Public Health
Ph.D Currently in Progress
Arizona State University
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
United Natives Incorporated, Cheif Executive
Crystal Lee is a self-proclaimed modern day “Dine’ Warrior” and is the founder and Executive Director of United Natives. Crystal is a 29 year old full-blooded Dine (Navajo) woman. Her tribal clans are Tachii’nii (Red Running Into Water people), Tabaaha (Water’s Edge people), Tsenjikini (Cliff Dwellers people), and Kin I ichii’nii (Red House people). She grew up on the Navajo Reservation.
Diné cultural knowledge and traditional life have strongly influenced Crystal’s educational, professional and political activities. Currently, she is working in collaboration with tribal nations across the world to advance research and advocacy in the areas of public health, disease prevention, indigenous healing and cultural awareness, environmental sustainability, and education. Crystal graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Microbiology. She then earned her M.P.H. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. Today she is working towards a Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Crystal also serves as a North American Focal Point for the United Nations Indigenous Youth Caucus and is affiliated with an international organization that is called the Clinton Global Initiative.