Staff List

Jim Enote, Executive Director

jenote [at] coloradoplateaufoundation [dot] org

Zuni farmer and interrupted artist, Jim is a man of many interests, skills, endeavors and accomplishments.

Jim is the director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation and the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center. He serves on the boards of the Grand Canyon Trust and Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and he is a senior advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer; a New Mexico Community Luminaria; and an E.F. Shumacher Society Fellow.

In 2013 he received the Guardian of Culture and Lifeways Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and in 2010 was awarded the first Michael Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology.

Born in Zuni, New Mexico, he is still camped out there at his work-in-progress home.


Natasha K. Hale, Associate Director

nhale [at] coloradoplateaufoundation [dot] org

Natasha K. Hale is the associate director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation and the program manager for the Grand Canyon Trust Native America Program. Natasha’s current work is devoted to land protection initiatives in southeastern Utah, social entrepreneurship work on both the Navajo and Hopi Nation, and bringing culturally appropriate community economic projects to the Navajo Nation.

Natasha is Diné (Navajo) from the Nooda’i Dine’e (Ute Clan), and her maternal grandfather is Hashk'aa hadzohi (Yucca Fruit on a String Clan). She is also Saudi Arabian. Natasha received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona.

Heather Herold, Grants and Operations Manager

hherold [at] coloradoplateaufoundation [dot] org

Heather Eastman is the grants and operations manager for Colorado Plateau Foundation, as well as a program associate in the Native American program at the Grand Canyon Trust. 

She holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and applied Indigenouss studies, and a master of arts in research anthropology, with a focus on archaeology, from Northern Arizona University. Heather previously worked with the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention and the Applied Indigenous Studies and Anthropology Departments at Northern Arizona University, as well as in archaeological fieldwork and museum education. Her passions include the protection of cultural resources, supporting Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, collaborative work, federal Indian and cultural resource law and policy and education.