DPI Staff

Dr. Franklin Sage

Director of Diné Policy Institute
(928) 724-6943

Dr. Franklin Sage (Diné) is the Director of Diné Policy Institute, Tsaile, AZ. He is a graduate of University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND with B. A. and M. A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research. The title of his Master’s thesis study is “Comparing the Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors of Native Americans and Non-Native Americans,” and his Doctoral dissertation study is “Indigenous Knowledge System and Decolonizing Methodology Interwoven into Higher Education Experiences: Autoethnography.” He is a co-author for publication in International Review of Qualitative Research and title of the article is “Decolonizing Our Own Stories: A Project of the Student Storytellers Indigenizing the Academy (SSITA) Group.” His most recent co-author publication is in Human Biology: Wayne State University Press and title, “Weaving the Strands of Life (Iiná Bitł’ool): History of Genetic Research Involving Navajo People.” Dr. Sage is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom and served 12 years with the U. S. Army. He is initially from Counselor, NM.

Michael Parrish

Policy Analyst
(928) 724-6945

Michael Parrish is the Policy Analyst for Diné Policy Institute. He studied Political Science at Arizona State University and graduated with a B.A. in 2015. At DPI he has worked on food sovereignty, Government Reform, the Informal Economy, Navajo Land Tenure System and grants. Currently he is researching the COVID 19 issues on the Navajo Nation. He is a member of Kayenta Chapter.


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