Che Jim

Head Director

Diné/Odawa/Latino, Sun Dancer

Che Jim co-founded Healing Arrows for Indigenous Social Justice and Wellness and serves as its Executive Director. Che is from Flagstaff, Arizona and he is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and two young children. Passionate about Native culture, Che is an activist, traditional singer, artist and actor. He has traveled the country supporting Native issues and practicing Native American spirituality.

Giovanni Sanchez

Program Coordinator

Sun Dancer

Xo Jim

Media Director

Diné/Odawa/Latina, B.F.A.

Xo graduated with a B.F.A. in Communications Design and believes in the power of art and design to create impactful and memorable messages


Aleticia Kyle S. Tijerina

Secretary, Board of Directors

Odawa/Latina, PhD, MEd, Sun Dancer

Aletica “Ali” Tijerina co-founded Healing Arrows for Indigenous Social Justice and Wellness to address Indigenous human rights abuses and Treaty rights over water and lands. A longtime activist and Sun Dancer at Big Mountain, she supported the Big Mountain Navajo people facing relocation off their lands. Ali has taught American Indian politics in colleges and universities and she serves as Healing Arrows’ chief researcher. “I am honored to be a part of this organization and to bring over 15 years’ experience in project management.” Ali is also a performance artist and spoken word poet! She has a small editing and research business called Talking Leaf.

“Vandee” Khasla-SwiftBird

Board of Directors

WahZhaZhi/Tsalagi/Basque, Sun Dancer

Vandee Khalsa-SwiftBird, our newest member of Healing Arrows is honored to bring to the table her passion for Indigenous Issues. As a survivor of child trafficking, Social Justice, Healing and Activism have all been in the forefront of her life. Having found unimaginable healing by walking the Red Road, Vandee is always looking for a way to give back and share that healing with others. Vandee is also a homeschool Mother, Writer, and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She founded a small organization called the Rise In Love Foundation to support Women of All Nations in their own Healing Journeys. “I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to work with this team of talented, passionate individuals and look forward to being involved in current and future projects.

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