Velma Hale is a Diné (Navajo). Her maternal clan is One Who Walks Around You (Honágháanii) clan, born for Salt Water clan (Tódík'ózhi). Her maternal grandfather is a Blacksheep People (Dibe' Łizhini) clan, and her paternal grandfather is the Towering House (Kinyaa'áanii) People clan; in Diné their clan-group is their genetic name. Velma's matriarchal roots are from Gold Springs of Hunter's Point and Oaksprings, Arizona, residing on the Navajo Nation. Velma is the granddaughter of Red Woman (Asdzaan Lichee') and late parents Vernon and Sadie Hale. Her American name is Velma Hale. Velma Hale is credentialed in English, Humanities, and Education courses and is a faculty within the School of Arts, Humanities, and English Division and the Northwest Teacher Education Program at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Furthermore, she also taught with the Diné Dual Language Teachers Project, a Title III National Professional Development Project at Northern Arizona University. She has taught courses in ESL and bilingual methodology to in-service and pre-service teachers.