Hongeva has worked for Navajo Parks & Recreation and Navajo Division of Natural Resources for a total of 8 years, she has heavily promoted travel and tourism on Navajo Nation. Hongeva has also worked with NAU Anthropology for 9 years and is very knowledgeable of Native American Cultural Preservation. She has a BFA degree in Visual Communication from Northern Arizona University. She speaks Navajo fluently, and is most recently known for her voice as C3PO in the Star Wars: Episode IV New Hope dubbed in the Navajo language, which has gained international attention for the Navajo Tribe and its language preservation. Hongeva has also coordinated the Monument Valley Balloon Event consecutively for 4 years and continues to promote tourism on Navajo country. AAITA member since 2008. Hongeva is Yei Dine Tachiinii (Red Running Into The Water Clan) born for Tsenjijinkini (Cliff Dwelling Clan). Her maternal grandfathers are Kinlichii’nii (Red House People) and her paternal grandfathers are Bihh Bitoo’nii (Deer Spring Clan) and originally from Black Mesa, Az.
Founded in 1994, the AAITA promotes the development
of Indian Tourism in Arizona while respecting the
cultural integrity of all tribes.