Moroni Benally is Naashaashi, born for Bit’ahnii. He is from Tolikan, Navajo Nation. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations; he has a Masters of Public Policy Degree from Brigham Young University; and, he is currently completing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington.
While a graduate student, he is currently teaching Public Policy and political theory courses at the University of Washington in Seattle, and in the Tribal Governance Masters Program at the Evergreen State College.
He worked as a Policy Analyst for the Dine’ Policy Institute for several years, working closely with the Chief Justice Emeritus Robert Yazzie, and with the Navajo Nation Council and various branches of Navajo government.
He served on the Navajo Tax Commission for five years; he served for several years as the Tolikan Chapter Secretary; and, worked as a Chapter Coordinator for the Upper Fruitland Chapter.
Additionally he has worked in Germany on multicultural issues, in China on ethnic minority policy, and has worked with and consulted with indigenous movements and groups in India, New Zealand, and Mexico.
In addition he has consulted with non-profits on how to improve efficiency in governance.