Welcome to PFAL
a Non-profit 501 (C) (3)

About Us: In 2008, Purpose Focused was incorporated in the State of Arizona and 2012 on the Navajo Nation. We organized to Advance Social, Environmental, and Economic Justice for the underserved and underrepresented Indigenous Peoples'. The Forgotten Navajo People Organization is an ally organization that was created by those disposed by Federal Public Law 93-531. Together our organizations bring about programs and projects aligned to support our Mission to "Restore Hozho" (The Dine' Beauty Ways)


Purpose Focused Founder JoAnn Armenta and Forgotten People President Don Yellowman


Purpose Focused Founder JoAnn Armenta and Forgotten People President Don Yellowman


Our Purpose

It has been our purpose in Life to be advocates for people who have been marginalized and unjustly treated. We have dedicated our lives to helping our people and our motherlands for future posterity.
Our goal is to fulfill the Vision and Hope of the Dine' to Restore Hozho'.  The road to Rehabilitation must be sustainable that promotes healthy living, food, and water security.

The outcome will be to implement immediate solutions with long-term benefits that support Holistic Indigenous Sustainable Communities that respects Sovereignty and promotes Dine' Life Ways for generations to come.

Our Purpose

It has been our purpose in Life to be advocates for people who have been marginalized and unjustly treated. We have dedicated our lives to helping our people and our motherlands for future posterity.
Our goal is to fulfill the Vision and Hope of the Dine' to Restore Hozho'.  The road to Rehabilitation must be sustainable that promotes healthy living, food, and water security.

The outcome will be to implement immediate solutions with long-term benefits that support Holistic Indigenous Sustainable Communities that respects Sovereignty and promotes Dine' Life Ways for generations to come.

Bennett Freeze

  Purpose Focused is a partner of Forgotten People. The organizations collaborate and coordinate strategic projects to advance the Rehabilitation effort of the Former Bennett Freeze area. The Federal Public Law 93-531 forbid any development for over forty years which impacted many Dine' generations, forcing thousands off their traditional homelands. 

It’s important to Note: Many Navajo people living in the area still do not have access to potable water and or electricity in their Hogans; forced to live in Third World Conditions. 

Bennett Freeze

  Purpose Focused is a partner of Forgotten People. The organizations collaborate and coordinate strategic projects to advance the Rehabilitation effort of the Former Bennett Freeze area. The Federal Public Law 93-531 forbid any development for over forty years which impacted many Dine' generations, forcing thousands off their traditional homelands. 

It’s important to Note: Many Navajo people living in the area still do not have access to potable water and or electricity in their Hogans; forced to live in Third World Conditions. 

Current Activites


Current Project

Our current project was funded by the Department of Interior National Park Service to retrofit Traditional Hogans (Dine' homes). in the Former Bennett Freeze area. 

Our project is focused in the Community of the Bodaway Gap Chapter, the largest land-base affected by the P. L. 93-531 on the Navajo Nation.

Project Partner

For our current project we partnered  with an organization known as International Centers for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability (iCATIS) to solicit funds from the Department of Interior to retrofit traditional Hogans.  

We selected primarily elders and women with multi-generational occupants with very dilapidated and unsafe living environments.

Education Outcomes

Along with the Retrofitting of Hogans, we will be refurbishing and installing solar heating panels. Greyhills Academy High School in Tuba City, has agreed to support our refurbishing training with their students and allow community members to also learn.

Another deliverable will be to develop curriculum/training manuals that will support the ongoing effort of retrofitting traditional homes across the Former Bennett Freeze Area.

Building Community-Based Capacities

Community Workforce development is a critical part of our project. It is our intention to create small business opportunities in the fields of expertise required to not only rehabilitate homes to be energy efficient but capable of building new energy passive homes and auxiliary structures. 

Renewable Energy

For the people not connected to power lines and or have access to drinking water in their homes are forced to live without. 

If not for Solar power, people would not be able to charge their basic needs like; a refrigerator, a radio for communication and solar powered lights. 


Water Rights and Access

Water is a constant battle, from access to water rights battles.  On Valentines Day 2012, Senator Kyle introduced legislation SB-2109 Navajo Hopi Little Colorado Water River Settlement Agreement.  It was defeated after a fierce fight put up by the grass roots Water Warriors.  Here is a link to the protest against...Jon Kyle and John McCain legislation when they tried to push it on our respective tribal leaders. 

Video


In this video Mr. Yellowman shares the plight of his elders resulting from the Bennett Freeze Act 93-531.

Video


Don Yellowman in this video is seen hosting a community meeting where he invited the newly elected to address the people impacted by Bennett Freeze.  Don and the invited officials are primarily speaking in their native language...