Dinee Dorame

Ali on the Run Show Episode 239: Dinée Dorame, Citizen of the Navajo Nation

“I was at the cross-section of a couple different identities that people didn’t quite understand.”

Dinée Dorame is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, Water’s Edge clan. She’s a lifelong runner who grew up in Albuquerque, NM, moved to the east coast to attend and later work in admissions at Yale University, and has since returned to Albuquerque, where she is the Associate Director of College Horizons. On this episode, Dinée talks passionately about the role of running in Native culture, and the role her culture plays in her life on and off the run. She talks about setbacks she’s experienced related to Accessory Navicular Syndrome, and how she has dealt with chronic pain, and offers advice for how and why runners can and should better connect with the land around them.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Was Dinée’s plan always to return home to New Mexico after attending Yale? (4:30)
  • What it was like growing up as a Native girl in Albuquerque, NM (12:00)
  • Why Dinée says running “is like medicine” for many indigenous people (24:30)
  • What Dinée says are some of the most common misperceptions of Native people today (41:15)

What we mention on this episode:

Support Dinée and Girls Inc. of New York City

Dinée in Runner’s World

College Horizons

Carolyn Su on Episode 140 of the Ali on the Run Show

Native Appropriations blog

@Native_Women_Running on Instagram

Jordan @nativein_la on Instagram

Running: A Love Story, by Jen A. Miller

Oofos sandals

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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