James Skeet

James has been working with Native American communities for 35+ years. Over the years, James has held positions as an inspirational cross-cultural speaker and consultant to support organizations to incorporate Native world views that create successful interventions and relations with Native Americans. Known among many organizations as a Native leader and spokes person for speaking engagements and reconciliation events across the country, he effectively communicates the condition and challenges of Native people.

His most recent commitment is to share his passion to reconnect Indigenous peoples to the land through traditional Native farming practices. Soil Life farming promotes the use of microbial rich compost to revitalize the land and grow nutrient dense foods. James believes that by healing the soil, we heal our souls. Under this premise, James and his wife Joyce founded Covenant Pathways in 2015 (of which he is the Executive Director), with the mission of bringing this belief into reality. Over the past four years, James and his wife Joyce have developed a demonstration farm, Spirit Farm, and held trainings and workshops across Navajo Nation and New Mexico using internally developed, culturally relevant educational materials to encourage others to dismount from the Industrial approach to farming and begin engaging in Soil Life Farming. The anticipated result is not only the restoration and protection of sacred land, but better health outcomes and increased understanding of Native Cosmology and connection to land and food.

One of James' core values is to impact communities in transition by creating open and free market opportunities for small businesses. He brings a tribal perspective on economics, which he as dubbed as “Rez-nomics.” His heritage and identify as a Navajo, Native American man from Vanderwagen, NM, has humbled and intrinsically motivated him to continue the work he does. James holds a BA degree in University Studies from University of NM.