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    Department of
                                  2010 Annual Report
    Diné Education
                                   Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
              The Navajo Nation
                                            P.O. Box 1870 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-7444, 1-800-243-2956

Increased Number of Applicants, Funding Delays Close out 2010
F    unding delays and insufficient
     scholarship funding has chal-
lenged the Navajo Nation Scholar-
                                        ity that the Navajo Nation Schol-
                                        arship Office is not going to be
                                        able to fund every applicant that is
ship Office as we closed out 2010.      eligible. For that reason, the schol-
         As the years go by, it         arship office revised its rules and
becomes more evident that the           set one deadline for all applica-
scholarship program does not have       tions. This will give all applicants
enough funding to provide a schol-      the one and the same opportunity
arship to every eligible Navajo         to qualify for funding on our first
college student.                        come, first served basis.
         In the past, we have always             Much of our funding chal-
been able to fund eligible students     lenges and shortages are attribut-
in some way by providing them           able to funding the increasing
more than one avenue to qualify         number of students that are pursu-
for some amount of funding. For         ing a Navajo Nation scholarship.
instance, when students did not         Federal funding for scholarships
meet the full time application          has not kept pace with the increas-
deadline, we gave them the option       ing number of applicants. Also,
to apply instead for part-time fund-    decreased contributions from
ing, which helped to cover tuition      corporate donors and revenues
for at least two courses. Also,         from trust funds, as a result of the
when Chief Manuelito Scholarship        ongoing effects of the economic
recipients no longer qualify for        downturn, Federal budget cost-cut-
the merit-based Chief Manuelito         ting measures which affect many
Scholarship—they miss the dead-         federally supported programs
line or fall below the required 3.0     across the board, increased costs of
GPA—we review their file to see         attendance (tuition, books, hous-
if they qualify for funding based       ing, etc.), are challenges facing our
on financial need. In other words,      program.
we have always stretched funds in                Another contributing fac-
an effort to meet as many students’     tor affecting Navajo scholarship
needs as possible.                      funding is the fact that too much
         However, despite our best      of our funding is spent on remedial
efforts, we now face the stark real-    courses – this has to change. At        Top: Navajo Nation Scholarship staff at a recent training in February. Bottom: the Num-
                                        present, 12 hours of remediation        ber of Students Awarded and the Total Number of Applicants from 2006-2010. Recent-
     Table of ConTenTs                  in the first year of college is al-     ly, the Number of Applicants has begun to outpace the number of students awarded.
                                        lowed as outlined in the Navajo
                                        Nation and Federal Financial Aid        higher education and the Navajo              that should have been acquired in
         Page 2 — 2010
                                        rules. However, given the funding       Nation is spending too much on               high school.
        Data & Statistics
                                        challenges described above, the         remedial courses – that is, courses                  As you look at the data in
                                        Navajo Nation Scholarship Office        of academic strength that should             this report on remedial education
     Page 15 — Students
                                        is scrutinizing student transcripts     have been acquired in a K-12 edu-            (pp. 13-14), ask yourself the ques-
        Awarded by
                                        more than ever before to minimize       cation. There are more than 10,000           tion: what does this tell us about
                                        the funding of such courses.            funded Navajo students (and many             our education system and what can
                                                 Let me also stress that the    more who apply) who are pursuing             we do? This is not just a simple
       Page 16 — 2010
                                        scholarship office will not pay for     a higher education and we should             issue of schools on the Navajo
      News and Updates
                                        remedial courses beyond the first       be using those precious dollars for          Nation. It is an issue for schools
                                        year of college. All funds are for      college level course work and not
                                                                                paying for an education and skills                          CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
2010 Data & Statistics
Statistical Profile 2010 Calendar Year

  Total Number of Students REQUESTING Awards                                                                      17,291
  Total Number of AWARDS          (combined for all 4 terms)                                                       9,698
  Total Number of STUDENTS Receiving Awards (per student, per SP, SU, FA, and WT terms)                            7,407

  Percentage of Females Receiving Awards                                                                           65%
  Percentage of Males Receiving Awards                                                                             35%
  Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving Awards                                                                    92%
  Percentage of Graduates Receiving Awards                                                                          8%

  Total Number of STUDENTS Awarded from Navajo Nation General Funds and
  Trust Funds, Corporate Funds, and Private Donations
  Total Number of STUDENTS Awarded Funds from Federal Funds                                                        5,436
  Total Amount of FUNDS Awarded using Navajo Nation General Funds and Trust Funds,
  Corporate Funds, and Private Donations
  Total Amount of FUNDS Awarded using Federal Funds                                                          $12,139,882.00
  GRAND TOTAL of FUNDS Awarded from All Funding Sources                                                      $18,121,733.00

  Total Amount of Federal Funds Awarded to Need-Based Students                                               $11,373,493.00
  Total Amount of Federal Funds Awarded to No Need-Based Students                                             $2,454,736.00
  Total Amount of Federal Funds Awarded to Chief Manuelito Scholars                                           $4,293,504.00
  Percentage of Federal Funds Awarded to Chief Manuelito Scholars                                                  35%
  Ratio of Federal Funds Awarded to Chief Manuelito Scholars to GRAND TOTAL                                        24%

Type of Students                  $4,000 per year, based on their   who meet these requirements       ate student population. While
                                  individual needs assessment.      also take a Navajo language       a huge majority of ONNSFA
Need-Based Students: The                                            and Navajo government course      funding goes toward Under-
Need-based category repre-        No Need-Based Students:           and must apply before the         graduates (92%), it also funds
sents those students that are     The second category of stu-       deadline. Students are award-     a smaller population of Gradu-
determined to have a financial    dents is No Need students or      ed $3,500 per semester, or        ates (8%) from the same fund-
need based on their Financial     students whose cost of at-        $7,000 per year. Full-time Un-    ing sources described on the
Need Analysis (FNA) form.         tendance needs are fully met.     dergraduate students can also     facing page.
These students do not have        ONNSFA awards these stu-          qualify for the Chief Manuelito
enough personal or family         dents up to $500 per semester.    under the 24/3 rule, where they   Part-time Undergraduate
resources to meet or exceed a                                       can complete 24 credit hours      and Graduate Students:
college or university’s cost of   Chief Manuelito Scholars: The     with a 3.0 GPA based on col-      ONNSFA also funds part-time
attendance (e.g. tuition, books   third category of students are    lege-level courses.               Undergraduate and Graduate
and housing). The FNA and         Chief Manuelito scholars, or                                        students. Part-time funding
the Federal FAFSA form help       merit-based scholarships for      Full-Time Undergraduate           has different requirements and
ONNSFA determine the amount       high-achieving students meet-     and Graduate Students: The        varies in award amount.
of the student’s need. Need-      ing a high grade point average    aforementioned categories of
based students are awarded        (GPA) or college testing score    students are for the most part
up to $2,000 per semester, or     (e.g. ACT and SAT). Students      descriptive of the Undergradu-

  2     Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
                                                                        Department of
                                                                        Diné Education

                                                                                         The Navajo Nation

Funding Sources

                                                                   Funding Sources

                                                                                                              Corporate Funds
                                                     Trust Funds                                                             Private Donations

                                                                   8%                                        7%

                         Navajo Nation
                         General Funds



               Grand Total = $18,121,733.00

                                                                                                                             Federal Funds
                                                                                                                            (BIA P.L. 93-638)

Funding Sources                      Navajo Nation: The Navajo Na-                 Corporate Funds: Corporate                                    personal savings to the Navajo
                                     tion General Fund contribution                Funds are corporate contri-                                   Nation for the benefit of Navajo
From January 1 to December           represents 17% of all funding                 butions mostly from energy                                    students. Margaret Sussman,
31, 2010 the Navajo scholar-         sources. The Navajo Nation                    companies via leases between                                  Serena Sharp, Robert King
ship office awarded a total of       contribution funds Undergradu-                these corporations and the                                    and Dr. Jennifer Denetdale are
$18,121,733.00 in scholarships       ates, graduates, and students                 Navajo Nation. Such compa-                                    examples of contributors to this
and financial aid to students.       enrolled in the Navajo Teacher                nies include the Peabody Coal                                 fund in 2010. This fund fluctu-
The pie chart above depicts all      Education program.                            Company, Chevron Mining, Inc.                                 ates from year to year, depend-
the funding sources. The fund-                                                     (formerly Pittsburg & Midway                                  ing on the number of donors
ing sources are:                     Trust Funds: Trust Funds are                  Coal [P & M]), Four Corners                                   and amount of donations.
                                     Navajo Nation investments                     Power Plant (APS), and El Paso
Federal Funds: Sixty-seven           where the policy stipulates that              Natural Gas.
percent (67%) of the funds are       “10% of the fund (market value)
derived through a P.L. 93-638        shall be used as scholarship                  Private Donations: Private
contract with the Navajo Re-         and financial assistance.” Trust              Donations represent 1% of
gion BIA categorized as Federal      Funds include the Graduate                    all funding sources. Although
Funds. Federal Funds are used        Trust Fund, the NECA Trust                    the smallest funding source,
to fund Undergraduate stu-           Fund, the Vocational Education                Private Donations rely wholly
dents with financial need and        Trust Fund, and Tucson Elec-                  upon the generosity of individu-
merit-based Chief Manuelito          tric Funds. Trust Funds make                  als who dedicate part of their
Scholars.                            up 8% of the overall funding
                                     sources, and may fluctuate
                                     from year to year based on                                                                         2010 Annual Report                  3
                                     market value.
The graph presents the Top 50 College and Universities attended by 6,848 Undergraduate students funded for the 2010 Calendar
Year, which includes Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 2010 semesters. There are a total of 363 Colleges attended by Undergradu-
ate students including the Art Institute of Colorado, College of Coastal Georgia and San Francisco Art Institute. The chart above
indicates that Diné College in Tsaile, AZ has the most Undergraduate Navajo students with 720 (11%), followed by San Juan College
at 671 (10%) and Navajo Technical College at 560 (8%). The numbers represent only those students funded by the Navajo Nation
Scholarship program. The Navajo Nation Scholarship Office funds students that attend post-secondary institutions that are Region-
ally Accredited in accordance with its policy (Chapter Two, General Policies and Procedures, Article 6, § 18).

  4     Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
                                                                 Department of
                                                                 Diné Education

                                                                                  The Navajo Nation

The graph represents the Top 50 Majors being pursued by the 6,848 Undergraduate students for the 2010 Calendar Year, which
includes Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 2010 semesters. There are a total of 232 majors represented by Undergraduate stu-
dents including the Culinary Arts, Religious Studies and American Indian Literature. The chart indicates Nursing as the top major
for Undergraduates with 701 (10%), followed by Business Administration at 518 (8%), Liberal Arts/General Studies at 491 (7%),
Accounting at 225 (3%) and Biology at 217 (3%).

                                                                                                      2010 Annual Report            5
The graph presents the Top 50 Colleges and Universities attended by 559 Graduate students funded for the 2010 Calendar Year,
which includes Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 2010 semesters. There are a total of 126 Colleges attended by Graduate students
including the State University of New York, University of Oklahoma and Illinois Institute of Technology. The chart above indicates that
the University of New Mexico has the most Graduate students with 80 (14%), followed by Arizona State University at 79 (14%) and
Northern Arizona University at 65 (12%). The numbers represent only those students funded by the Navajo Nation Scholarship pro-
gram. 22% of these students are taking courses online or through some other form of distance learning. Some students participate in
cohorts. Scholarship recipients are taking online courses from schools such as the University of New Mexico, Northern Arizona Uni-
versity, the University of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, George Washington University, Kaplan University, Ashford University, and
Devry University.

  6     Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
                                                               Department of
                                                               Diné Education

                                                                                The Navajo Nation

The graph presents the Top 50 Majors being pursued by the 559 Graduate students for the 2010 Calendar Year, which includes
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 2010 semesters. There are a total of 115 majors represented by Graduate students including Geol-
ogy, Urban Planning and Music. The chart above indicates Business Administration as the top major for Graduates with 46 (8%), fol-
lowed by Education at 31 (6%), Educational Leadership at 28 (5%), Law at 26 (5%) and Social Work at 19 (3%).

                                                                                                    2010 Annual Report         7
Federal funds are P.L. 93-638
contract funds. The Navajo
Nation Scholarship Office ad-
ministers the Higher Education                                      Amount of Federal Funds used for Students
Grant funds through a contract      $4,000,000.00
with the Bureau of Indian Affairs                                                                                 Base = $10,573,397.00
Navajo Regional Office.                                                                                           Supplemental = $1,566,485.00
                                    $3,500,000.00                                                                 *Total = $12,139,882.00

In 2010, the Navajo Region Bu-                                                                     $434,513.61
reau of Indian Affairs provided     $3,000,000.00
an additional 15% of fund-
ing above the FY 2010 base.
Scholarship funding is allocated    $2,500,000.00

to five Agency Offices where                                                                                                           $303,285.15
direct services are provided.       $2,000,000.00
The top graph shows funding
provided to each Agency. The                                            $237,676.41
blue portion shows the amount       $1,500,000.00                                                 $2,932,862.39
of funds each Agency used to                                                                                        $2,526,928.83
fund students; these amounts
                                    $1,000,000.00                                                                                     $2,047,101.85
are within the FY 2010 allo-
cated base amount. The yel-                         $1,462,245.34

low represents the amount of         $500,000.00
supplemental funds provided
by BIA. The overall totals show
that the Navajo Region BIA pro-            $0.00
vided $1.5 million beyond the                          Chinle            Eastern                  Fort Defiance       Northern            Western
FY 2010 amount. The graph                                                              Base     Supplemental
below shows that an additional
701 students were served with
the additional 15% funding.

Federal funds also provide
funding for the operation of                                        Number of Students awarded from Federal Funds
the Higher Education Grant              1,600

program which accounts for                                                                                           Base = 4,735
                                                                                                                     Supplemental = 701
14% of the budget. The pro-             1,400                                                                        *Total = 5,436
gram operates with a total of 28                                                                    195

employees in 5 agency offices
throughout the Navajo Nation            1,200
including an administration of-

                                          800                           113



                                          400                           762                                                                 876


                                                    Chinle            Eastern                   Fort Defiance        Northern          Western

                                                                                         Base    Supplemental

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                                                              Department of
                                                              Diné Education

The Navajo Nation General
                                                                               The Navajo Nation

Fund makes up 17% of the                                    Amount of Navajo Nation Funds used for Students
overall funding sources.      $1,200,000.00

                                                                                                                                         Total = $3,113,372.00
According to the top
graph, there is a total                                                                                                      $1,003,661.00
of $3,113,372.00 used         $1,000,000.00
for scholarships. The
Chinle Agency awarded
$644,489.00 for scholar-
ships; the Eastern Agency
awarded $274,255.00;
the Fort Defiance Agency                      $644,489.00
awarded $563,784.00; the
                               $600,000.00                                                                $563,784.00
Northern Agency awarded
$1,003,661.00; and the
Western Agency awarded
$627,183.00 for the 2010       $400,000.00
Calendar Year.
The graph below shows a
total of 1,940 students who    $200,000.00
received Navajo Nation
Funds. Chinle awarded 404
students, Eastern awarded
227 students, Fort Defi-             $0.00
ance awarded 322 stu-                           Chinle                                   Eastern         Fort Defiance        Northern               Western
dents, Northern awarded
636 students and Western
awarded 351 students.

                                                              Number of Students awarded from Navajo Nation Funds
                                                                                                                                             Total = 1,940








                                               Chinle                                  Eastern           Fort Defiance        Northern               Western

                                                                                                                         2010 Annual Report                       9
Corporate Funds include Pea-                                   Amount of Corporate Funds used for Students
body Coal Company, Chevron         $400,000.00
Mining, Inc. (formerly Pittsburg                                                                         $374,449.00
& Midway Coal [P & M]), Four
Corners Power Plant (APS), and     $350,000.00     Total = $1,252,480.00
El Paso Natural Gas.

According to the first graph,      $300,000.00
a total of $1,252,480.00 in
Corporate Funds were used                                                                                                  $257,461.00
for scholarships. The Chinle       $250,000.00
Agency awarded $139,750.00;
the Eastern Agency awarded
$234,912.00; the Fort Defi-        $200,000.00
ance awarded $245,908.00;
the Northern Agency awarded
$374,449.00; and the Western       $150,000.00   $139,750.00

Agency awarded $257,461.00
for the 2010 Calendar Year.

The second graph shows a
total of 1,543 students who
received Corporate Funds.
Chinle awarded 186 students,
Eastern awarded 291 students,
Fort Defiance awarded 307 stu-
                                                   Chinle           Eastern          Fort Defiance       Northern           Western
dents, Northern awarded 462
students and Western awarded
297 students.

                                                                 Number of Students awarded from Corporate Funds

                                          450                                                                           Total = 1,543



                                          300                          291


                                          200       186




                                                   Chinle            Eastern          Fort Defiance          Northern         Western

 10     Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
                                                             Department of
                                                             Diné Education

                                                                              The Navajo Nation

Private Donations represent 1%                              Amount of Private Donations used for Students
of all funding sources. Donors
include Margaret Sussman,
Serena Sharp, Robert King and
                                  $45,000.00                                                                          $44,166.00
Dr. Jennifer Denetdale.
                                                                                                                                   Total = $138,066.00

According to the first graph,     $40,000.00
there is a total of $138,066.00
in Private Donations used for     $35,000.00
scholarships. The Chinle Agen-
cy awarded $17,000.00; the                                                                                                               $29,750.00
Eastern Agency $24,000.00;        $30,000.00

the Fort Defiance awarded
$23,150.00; the Northern Agen-    $25,000.00                          $24,000.00
cy awarded $44,166.00; and
the Western Agency awarded        $20,000.00
$29,750.00 for the 2010 Calen-                 $17,000.00
dar Year.

The second graph shows a
total of 102 students who         $10,000.00
received scholarship funding
from Private Donations. Chinle     $5,000.00
awarded 15 students, East-
ern awarded 23 students, Fort
Defiance awarded 22 students,
                                                Chinle                   Eastern                  Fort Defiance        Northern           Western
Northern awarded 25 students
and Western awarded 17 stu-

                                                             Number of Students awarded from Private Donations

                                         25                                                                                         Total = 102






                                                Chinle                  Eastern                   Fort Defiance        Northern           Western

                                                                                                                  2010 Annual Report                  11
Trust Funds include the Gradu-                                Amount of Trust Funds used for Students
ate Trust Fund, the NECA Trust
Fund, the Vocational Education
Trust Fund, and the Tucson
                                  $450,000.00                  $440,895.00        $440,690.00                 Total = $1,477,933.00
Electric Trust Fund which make
up 8% of the overall funding
sources.                          $400,000.00

According to the top graph, a     $350,000.00
total of $1,477,933.00 in Trust
Funds were used for scholar-
ships. The Chinle Agency          $300,000.00

awarded $117,155.00; the
Eastern Agency awarded            $250,000.00
$440,895.00; the Fort Defiance
agency awarded $440,690.00;       $200,000.00
the Northern Agency awarded                                                                                                 $169,781.00
$309,412.00; and the Western
Agency awarded $169,781.00
for the 2010 Calendar Year.
The lower graph shows a total
of 677 students who received       $50,000.00
scholarshi funding from Trust
Funds. Chinle awarded 97
students, Eastern awarded
                                                  Chinle        Eastern          Fort Defiance          Northern             Western
229 students, Fort Defiance
awarded 133 students, North-
ern awarded 153 students and
Western awarded 65 students.
                                                               Number of Students awarded from Trust Funds

                                                                                                                      Total = 677






                                                  Chinle         Eastern          Fort Defiance           Northern             Western

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                                                                     Department of
                                                                     Diné Education

                                                                                      The Navajo Nation

The graphs on pages 13-14
present data on students that
are taking remedial English
and Math courses during their
undergraduate studies.

The pie chart at right shows
the Number of Courses and
Funding for remedial English
and Math courses. Because a
student may be enrolled in one
or two remedial courses dur-
ing the semester(s), there are
actually 4,195 Undergraduate
students taking a total of 6,684
remedial courses during the
2010 Academic Year. The 2010
Academic Year consists of Fall
2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010
and Summer 2010. A total of
$1,671,000.00 was spent on
remedial coursework during the
2010 Academic Year.

The chart below shows under-
graduate students enrolled in
remedial courses by their year
in school. There are 4,195
Undergraduate students repre-
sented in their first to seventh
years in school. The student’s
first year indicates their classi-                                 2010 Remedial Students by Year in School
fication as a Freshman; second         2,000
year as a Sophomore; third year
as a Junior; and their fourth          1,800
through seventh years as Se-
nior. The first year shows 1,904
students enrolled in remedial
coursework; 1,324 in the sec-
ond year; 585 in the third year;       1,400               1,324
255 in the fourth year; 111 in
the fifth year; 2 in the sixth year;   1,200
and 14 in the seventh year.



                                                                                                                                               2         14
                                               1st year   2nd year                                        3rd year   4th year    5th year   6th year   7th year

                                                                                                                                2010 Annual Report                13
                                          2010 Academic Year Remedial Students by High School

  400 382



  200         181
  150                        129
                                         94 91
  100                                            81 79
                                                         67 62 61 61
                                                                     60 55
                                                                           53 49 48
                                                                                    45 44 42 39
   50                                                                                           37 36 31
                                                                                                         30 29 27 26 26 26 25 24
                                                                                                                                 21 19 18 18 17 17 16 16 16 16


                         Ramah High School
                          Chinle High School

                       Wingate High School

                   Farmington High School

                      Holbrook High School

           Montezuma-Cortez High School
                       Pine Hill High School
                         Gallup High School

                 Window Rock High School

                  Navajo Prep High School

                           Cuba High School

                            Hopi High School
                       Thoreau High School

                  White Horse High School

                   Piedra Vista High School

                       San Juan High School
                           Page High School
                       Shiprock High School

                       Winslow High School
                          Valley High School

                        Sinagua High School
                  Many Farms High School
                       Tohatchi High School

                   Rough Rock High School

                       Flagstaff High School

                          Pinon High School

                   Navajo Pine High School

              Sherman Indian High School
                   Crownpoint High School

                    Bloomfield High School

                           Aztec High School
                Gallup Central High School
           Rehoboth Christian High School
                      Tuba City High School
                        Ganado High School

            Greyhills Academy High School
                     Newcomb High School

        Rock Point Community High School
                Saint Michaels High School

          Shiprock Northwest High School

           Career Preparatory High School
              Kirtland Central High School

                     Red Mesa High School

                      Coconino High School

               Santa Fe Indian High School
             General Equivalency Diploma

           Univ NM Gallup Middle Coll HS

         Humanities and Science Academy
         Monument Valley High School, AZ

         Monument Valley High School, UT
The chart above presents the high school attended by the 4,195 Undergraduate students who are enrolled in remedial English and
Math courses in college during the 2010 Academic Year (Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010 and Summer 2010). There are a total of
379 high schools that were attended by Undergraduate students enrolled in remedial coursework in college. Chinle High School has
382 students enrolled in remedial coursework, followed by 221 students who earned their GED (General Equivalency Diploma), and
Gallup High School which has 206 students enrolled in remedial coursework.

Many of the entering college freshmen enroll in remedial courses in English and Math. The preponderance of remedial education for
students is an indication that for any number of reasons, college students are not obtaining foundational English and Math knowledge
and skills at the seconday level, or high school. Unfortunately, the cost of remedial coursework consumes 9% of scholarship funding.
While ONNSFA at present funds remedial coursework, the true intent of scholarship funding is to pay for higher education college level
coursework and not remedial education.

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                                                                  Department of
                                                                  Diné Education

                                                                                   The Navajo Nation

Students Awarded by Chapter
In filling out an ONNSFA application, students indicate their Navajo Nation Chapter affiliation. Chapters are grouped into five Agencies
as seen below. For example, in the Aneth Chapter of the Shiprock Agency, 136 students were awarded funding in 2010. In total, 7,407
students were awarded in 2010. ONNSFA encourages all students to register as a voter with their chapter. Chapters receive funds for
scholarships, housing, etc. based on the number of registered voters and population. In 2010, 8 students selected “unknown” for their
chapter affiliation.

                                     Shiprock Agency
                                     Aneth - 136                     San Juan - 34
                                     Beclabito - 46                  Sanostee - 95                                                    Crownpoint/
                                     Burnham - 21                    Sheepsprings - 41                                                Eastern Agency
                                     Cove - 42                       Shiprock - 548                                                   Alamo - 17
                                     Gadíí’ ahí - 48                 Sweetwater -60                                                   Baca/Haystack - 50
                                     Mexican Water - 47              Tíis Tsoh Sikaad - 13                                            Becenti - 44
                                     Nenahnezad - 95                 Toadlena/Two Grey Hills - 27                                     Bahaali- 33
                                     Newcomb - 49                    Teec Nos Pos - 75                                                Casamero Lake - 30
                                     Red Mesa - 76                   Tsé Daa K’aan - 86                                               Chichiltah - 69
                                     Red Valley -66                  Upper Fruitland - 122                                            Church Rock - 88
Tuba City/                           Rock Point - 91                                                                                  Counselor -17
Western Agency                                                                                                                        Crownpoint - 178
Birdspring - 29                                                                                                                       Huerfano - 71
Bodaway/Gap - 45                                                                                                                      Iyanbito - 19
Cameron - 47                                                                                                                          Lake Valley - 22
Chilchinbeto - 35                      Tuba City/                                                                                     Littlewater - 27
Coalmine Canyon - 61                 Western Agency                                                                                   Manuelito - 33
Coppermine - 32                                                                                                                       Mariano Lake - 24
Dennehotso - 59                                                                                                                       Nageezi - 36
Inscription House - 43                                                                                                                Nahodishgish - 17
Kaibeto - 44                                                                                                   Crownpoint             Ojo Encino - 27
Kayenta - 174                                                                                                    Agency               Pinedale - 50
                                             Hopi Nation
Lechee - 55                                                                                                                           Pueblo Pintado - 30
Leupp - 78                                                 Ft. Defiance                                                               Ramah - 37
Navajo Mountain - 35                                         Agency                                                                   Red Rock - 52
Oljato - 95                                                                                                             TO’HAJIILEE   Rock Springs - 60
Shonto - 62                                                                                                                           Smith Lake - 37
Tolani Lake - 31                                                                                                                      Standing Rock - 37
Tonalea - 89                                                                                                                          Thoreau - 62
Tónaneesdizi- 379                                                                                                                     Tohajiilee - 26
                                                                                                       RAMAH       ALAMO              Torreon/Star Lake - 40
                                                                                                                                      Tsayatoh - 31
Chinle Agency                                 Ft. Defiance Agency                                                                     Whitehorse Lake - 15
Black Mesa - 26                               Cornfields - 47                                           Lupton - 43                   White Rock -23
Chinle - 352                                  Coyote Canyon - 46                                        Mexican Springs - 49
Forest Lake - 20                              Crystal - 40                                              Nahata Dziil - 30
Hard Rock - 42                                Dilkon - 60                                               Naschitti - 77
Lukachukai - 126                              Ft. Defiance - 295                                        Oak-Pine Springs - 26
Many Farms - 128                              Ganado - 93                                               Red Lake - 42
Nazlini - 44                                  Greasewood Springs - 26                                   Sawmill - 61
Pinon - 80                                    Houck - 58                                                Steamboat - 61
Rough Rock - 56                               Indian Wells - 35                                         St. Michaels - 139
Round Rock - 62                               Jeddito - 48                                              Teestoh - 56
Tachee/Blue Gap - 29                          Kinlichee - 69                                            Tohatchi - 63
Tsaile/Wheatfields - 105                      Klagetoh - 38                                             Twin Lakes - 68
Tselani/Cottonwood - 62                       Low Mountain - 37                                         White Cone - 59
Whippoorwill Spring - 52                      Lower Greasewood - 34                                     Wide Ruins - 41

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2010 News and Updates
Chinle HS Parent Coordinator: Involved Parents,
An Indicator of Student Academic Success
                                                                                   Vernita coordinates work-              This evening, about 14
                                                                           shops and conference for parents,      parents came by his classroom with
                                                                           giving parents as much informa-        their child. He wishes more par-
                                                                           tion as she can about their child’s    ents would visit, he acknowledges.
                                                                           education. It’s a challenge.           On the one hand, some students,
                                                                                   Parents, out here in the       especially the ones living in hous-
                                                                           rural Navajo Nation, face unique       ing compounds, don’t have much
                                                                           challenges—transportation, grand-      to do when they get home—no
                                                                           parents as the primary guardians,      chores and they seek other distrac-
                                                                           no running water or electricity in     tions. On the other hand, he said,
                                                                           the home, 2-3 hour bus rides to and    you have kids who take a 1 ½ hour
                                                                           from school, low income. “Just         bus ride to a home with no electric-
                                                                           getting parents here is sometimes a    ity and lots of chores to do, and the
                                                                           challenge,” said Vernita.              parents aren’t home.
                                                                                   Lennie Reed, 37-year vet-              Kathleen Brown is a par-
                                                                           eran at Chinle High, says there’s      ent of graduate this year, Kendrick
                                                                           more distractions for kids in school   Harvey, who is one of some 175
Above: Vernita Largo (Center), Parent Coordinator at Chinle High School, these days. “While the challeng-         students (based on latest estimates)
talks with a parent at a February Parent/Teacher Conference. Largo         es—some 20-30 years ago—are            set to graduate this spring from
invited local colleges to the conference to provide information to parents the same, there have been some         Chinle High. Kathleen said it
and their children.                                                        drastic changes in my time here,”      won’t be easy for her when her son
                                                                           said Reed.                             goes on to college. “Parents need
Chinle, Arizona — Vernita Largo,       Teacher conferences are just one of         When he first arrived in       to stay involved and be strong, be
Parent Coordinator at Chinle High the ways.”                               Chinle, he remembers a Navajo          very strong,” she said.
School, has noticed that students              There are several ways      mother scolding a young boy, drop-              “I try to be here for the
who are doing great in school have parents can get and stay involved,      ping him off at school. “I don’t       parents, the kids, the teachers, the
parents who are involved.              she explained. One of the ways is   know what she was saying but it        counselors; and the administration
        “That’s my job—getting         through Power School, an online     was clear she was getting after        is very supportive,” said Vernita.
parents involved with their child’s    tool for parents to check on their  him, telling him that he was going     “I love working here.”
education,” she said. “Parent-         children’s grades and attendance.   to school,” he remembers.

Shiprock Financial Aid Counselor Awarded for Service
Shiprock, New Mexico — Kay             as a Sr. Financial Aid Counselor.
Nave-Mark, Financial Aid Coun-         She and her staff provided as-
selor at the Shiprock Agency           sistance to college students in the
Office of the Navajo Scholarship       Shiprock/Northern Navajo Agency,
program, was awarded a plaque for      one of the largest agencies on the
her service as she leaves to head up   Navajo Nation.
education programs at BHP Bil-                  “I am grateful for Kay’s
liton.                                 outstanding service to Navajo
        Superintendent of Schools,     youth and to the scholarship pro-
Andrew M. Tah, awarded Nave-           gram,” said Rose Graham, Scholar-
Mark with a plaque, reminding her      ship Director. “Students, parents,
and all scholarship staff of their     our staff, and many of her contacts
impact on the lives of so many         at colleges and universities will     Above: Department of Diné Education Superintendent, Andrew Tah,
Navajo college students.               miss her energy. We wish her well     awards Kay Nave-Mark with a plaque for her service at the Shiprock/
        Nave-Mark served for eight     in her new position.”                 Northern Navajo Agency Office of the Navajo Scholarship Office. Nave-
years at the Shiprock Agency office                                          Mark accepted a position at BHP Billiton.

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                                                                            Department of
                                                                            Diné Education

DNA Staff Attorney Gives Back to
                                                                                             The Navajo Nation

                                                                                                                             Ft. Lewis College
                                                                                                                             Submits FNA Online
Navajo Nation for College Education                                                                        Ft. Lewis College has been
                                                                                                           submitting its student Financial
Arash Moalemi-Yazzie, spent                                               curve and everyone competed      Need Analysis online to the Of-
two months, 10-12 hour days,                                              against each other. “It required fice of Navajo Nation Scholar-
in libraries and in his family’s                                          me to focus and a dedication to  ship and Financial Assistance
basement studying for the Cali-                                           studying and books.”             for the past two years. Diana
fornia Bar Exam. He passed,                                                       His grandparents, his    Longwell, Financial Aid Coun-
and as he promised, he’s giving                                           parents are to credit, he says,  selor, said staff are saving time.
back to the Navajo Nation for                                             for his desire to succeed in             The process is highly au-
helping fund his four-years at                                            school. “My grandparents are     tomated. The ONNSFA online
Cal State Fullerton and his grad                                          from Shiprock and they like my system asks information like
schooling at the Florida Coastal                                          parents emphasized education     year attending, full time or part
School of Law.                                                            to me,” said Arash. “In today’s  time, family contribution, other
        “The Chief Manuelito                                              day and age, it’s not the only   financial aid, residing on or off
Scholarship helped me focus on                                            way, but a college education is  campus, etc.
school,” said Arash, who is a                                             what one needs to be success-            Cost of attendance fig-
new Staff Attorney at the Chinle                                          ful.”                            ures are loaded into the system:
DNA Legal Services. “I didn’t                                                     Set a good foundation    Fees, room and board, books,
                                               Arash Moalemi-Yazzie
have to worry about school-re-                                            for success by going to college, transportation, tuition, etc. are
lated expenses. I think it assist-       2010, Arash studied and passed whatever and wherever it is,       all loaded.
ed me greatly with maintaining           his bar exam and in January      Arash tells young people. “Do            Some improvements are
a high GPA, getting good grades          2011, was offered a position at  whatever you can to get your de- needed, said Longwell, but as it
throughout college.”                     Chinle DNA Legal Services.       gree and go as far as you can.”  is, the system is “definitely” a
        His scholarship paid for                “Law school was highly            A California kid, Arash  cost- and time savings.
tuition, books, general expenses         competitive and I had to be at   now lives in a three-bedroom             Ft. Lewis College is one
for his undergrad degree in busi-        the top of my game,” said Arash. house in Many Farms with         of several colleges participat-
ness and for law school. After           Unlike his undergrad years,      his wife and their three dogs.   ing in the online submission of
law school graduation in May             grades in law school were on a   “We’re really happy out here.”   documents.

Whitman Faces Challenges, Achieves Ph.D. with Navajo Scholarship
Dr. Carolene Whitman’s road to a                                                                                                     When in school, look at
Ph.D. in education was supported                                                                                             the bulletin boards, she also said.
by Navajo Nation scholarships and                                                                                            Scholarships, part time jobs, study
fellowships. She is Honágháahnii                                                                                             groups, internships—tons of infor-
born for Tsi’naajínii. Her mater-                                                                                            mation—are found on these boards.
nal grandfathers are Tódík’ózhi                                                                                              “I don’t think students look at these
and her paternal grandfathers are                                                                                            boards enough.”
Náneesht’ézhí-Náádáá ałtsoii.                                                                                                        After some years in teaching
        “I explored different schol-                                                                                         at the UNM main campus, Whitman
arships, applying for the ones I                                                                                             is now an Adjunct Faculty mem-
qualified for,” remembers Whitman.                                                                                           ber at the UNM Gallup College of
“I applied for the Navajo Nation                                                                                             Education. She earned a Bachelor
scholarship and crossed my fingers                                                                                           of Science degree in Science Train-
because I knew it was competitive.”                                                                                          ing and Learning Technologies, a
        She got the scholarship and                                                                                          Master of Arts in Organizational
chose to go to school close to home.     Dr. Carolene Whitman pictured with her husband, Dan Yazzie                          Learning and Instruction Technolo-
“I stayed in New Mexico for my                                                                                               gies. Her doctorate is in Language
                                         years of education.”                          your humanities courses.”
family,” she said, describing the                                                                                            Literacy and Sociocultural Studies.
                                                Many students may face                        And stay close to your
challenges of single parenthood,                                                                                             All her degrees are from UNM and
                                         Whitman’s same challenges.                    advisor, said Whitman. “Become
holding down a part time job, and                                                                                            all were supported, in part, by the
                                         She said, “Balance your course                partners with your advisor, be-
performing well in rigorous courses.                                                                                         Navajo Nation Scholarship.
                                         load—hard, intensive courses with             cause they have the best advice for
“It was tough doing all three, and the
                                         courses you can handle. Take                  you on how to finish your college
Navajo Nation scholarship monies
                                         chemistry, biology, or calculus with          degree.”                     2010     Annual Report
helped me out a lot throughout my                                                                                                                          17
Financial Aid Counselors: Leading, Guiding the Way

(L-R): Sr. Financial Aid Counselor from the Chinle Agency Office, Marilyn Daw shares information with a high school student at a recent Parent/
Teacher Conference at Chinle High School. Shirley Tunney, Sr. Financial Aid Counselor from Tuba City, assists Lyle Reese, a Sophomore, Majoring
in American Indian Studies at Fort Lewis College, with the online application. Reese is checking his application status online at the Navajo Schol-
arship Office website: Winona Kay, Sr. Financial Aid Counselor at the Crownpoint Agency Office, helps a Thoreau High School
Senior with some information on how to apply for a Navajo Nation scholarship. Kay attended Thoreau High School’s Career Day to provide infor-
mation on how to pay for college.

Financial Aid Counselors at the Of-     where Counselors have posted            tion on how to pay for school.          men. As a result the Navajo Na-
fice of Navajo Nation Scholarship       many responses. These sites are                  In February, the Chinle        tion Scholarship has become more
and Financial Assistance not only       part of the scholarship office’s ef-    Agency Office attended a Teach-         popular and very competitive.
process applications for college        forts to answer as many frequently      er/Parent Conference at Chinle          More and more Navajo students
students, part of their time is spent   asked questions as possible.            High School. As parents and their       are applying for a scholarship.
providing information to a new                   However, said Counselors,      children visited with their teachers,   Counselors tell students that schol-
class of incoming college students.     questions specific to a person’s file   scholarship staff were on hand to       arships are awarded to qualifying,
        Throughout the year, Coun-      and/or status must be addressed         answer students’ and parents’ ques-     eligible Navajo students on a first
selors can be seen in high schools      confidentially, pursuant to Federal     tions about applying for a Navajo       come, first serve basis, with prefer-
at college fairs answering questions    requirements. Students can either       Nation Scholarship.                     ence for the physically disabled
from students and parents and at        access their information online                  In November, the Tuba          and veterans.
colleges and universities through-      to check their status and/or speak      City Agency Scholarship Office                  Rose Graham, Director of
out the southwest visiting Navajo       with a Financial Aid Counselor          staff visited Navajo Scholarship        the Navajo Scholarship Office,
scholarship recipients.                 by calling one of the five scholar-     recipients at Ft. Lewis College in      encourages students to seek alter-
        Where do I apply? What          ship Agency Offices. A listing of       Durango, Colorado. In addition to       native sources of funding. In the
is a Financial Needs Analysis?          contact information can be found at     visiting with students individually,    past, she said, students could rely
Where do I apply for the FAFSA?                         staff introduced students to some       solely on the tribal scholarship to
How much funding do I qualify                    This January, the Crown-       of its online features. Students        fund their college education but
for? These are some of the ques-        point Agency Office attended a          created accounts, logged in and         today, students must seek other
tions posed to Counselors by high       Career Day activity at Thoreau          checked the status of their applica-    sources of funding to help pay for
school seniors.                         High School. Throughout the day,        tions.                                  school.
        Many of these frequently        Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors,                    These presentations, and              While they cannot process
asked questions from students           and Seniors were ushered into the       the online application feature on its   applications to other sources of
can be answered by going to the         gymnasium to meet and greet with        website, has increased awareness        funding, the Scholarship Office’s
scholarship office’s website (www.      local colleges and universities.        of the Navajo Nation Scholarship        Financial Aid Counselors can help or its Facebook page        The Navajo Scholarship Office           amongst graduating high school          students identify other potential
(               staff attended to provide informa-      students and entering college fresh-    scholarships.

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                                                                        Department of
                                                                        Diné Education

                                                                                         The Navajo Nation

BIA Navajo Region Provides More than Funding
The Bureau of Indian Affairs                                                       monitoring function they review        in great demand. Mr. Bradley
– Navajo Region Administration                                                     expenditure of funds for person-       and his staff have been very
has provided significant schol-                                                    nel and operations as well as          helpful in advocating on behalf
arship support to the youth of                                                     conduct a random audit of stu-         of our students.”
the Navajo Nation. This year,                                                      dent files, checking to see if de-              As part of its responsi-
the BIA contribution accounted                                                     cisions are made in accordance         bility, the Navajo Scholarship
for 67 percent of all scholarship                                                  with policies and procedures.          Office, reports annually to the
funding sources (see summary                                                       They also ensure that student          Navajo Region BIA. This 2010
on pp. 2-3, 8).                                                                    files are in safely secured and        Annual report, which summa-
       The BIA provides this                                                       kept confidential.                     rizes the allocation of Federal
Federal support to the Navajo        (L-R) Omar Bradley, BIA Regional
                                                                                           The Navajo Region BIA          funds in 2010, will be shared
                                     Director; Mike Black, Director BIA,
Nation in accordance with a          Washington, D.C.; Sharon Pinto,               also provides training free-of-        with the BIA.
“638” contract. Also known as        Deputy Regional Director; and                 charge on a variety of federal                  “A report like this is very
P.L. 93-638, as amended, this        Timothy DeAsis, Acting Superin-               regulations, including, but not        beneficial,” said Pinto. “It does
contract is based on the Self-       tendent, Eastern Navajo Agency.
                                                                                   limited to: P.L. 93-638 regula-        a lot of good for us to see the
Determination and Education                                                        tions, Contract Support Costs,         data—the classes students are
Assistance Act. Through this         arship Office. “The BIA has                   Records Management, and Indi-          taking and the degrees they’re
contract, the BIA provides fund-     provided scholarship opportuni-               rect Costs.                            pursuing. It helps us see the
ing for Navajo Scholarship Of-       ties to Native American students                      Every year they also host      greater need. We want to utilize
fice operations and scholarship      throughout the country,” said                 the annual budget formulation          every available dollar to benefit
funding for Navajo students.         Sharon Pinto, Deputy Regional                 meetings.                              scholarships for students. When
       “The Navajo Region            Director, BIA Navajo Region.                          “As outlined on page           we have carryover funds, the
BIA management goes out of           “Funding is based on allocations              eight of this report, in addi-         first priority on our list is schol-
their way to provide a variety       determined by BIA central in                  tion to Base Funding, the BIA          arships for Native American
of services,” said Rose Graham,      Washington, D.C.”                             is active in providing whatever        students. We hope to send more
Director of the Navajo Scholar-              In addition to providing              Supplemental Funding they              dollars if/when they become
ship Office.                         funding, the BIA also provides a              can,” said Graham. “We’re very         available. Even with budget
       One of the services being     variety of other support services             grateful for the BIA’s efforts         freezes and cuts this year, we
provided is the Higher Educa-        such as technical support. They               to provide as much scholar-            might have additional dollars to
tion Grant—scholarships for          also monitor the Navajo Schol-                ship funding as possible to our        send over, but it’s still going to
college students—administered        arship Office by visiting each of             students, especially at this time      be a little bit tighter this year,”
by the Navajo Nation Schol-          its five Agency Offices. In their             when the Navajo Scholarship is         said Pinto.

Former Admissions Director: Involved Students Do Well in School
When students get in-                             on preparing for col-            lege fairs. “Fill out those contact    for as many of them as you can,”
volved, they do really well                       lege.                            cards, get on the mailing lists.”      she said.
in college, said Angela                               “First thing, visit                  Fourth, apply to at least              “If you plan to go to the
Mora Riley, former Admis-                         the campuses,” she               five schools, she said. “Ask if        military, or go work, apply to col-
sions Counselor and Direc-                        said. “I know it’s hard          they can wave the application fee.     lege anyway and take your exams,
tor of Admissions at New                          to get away but visit            If you get accepted into two or        because you just never know and
Mexico State University.                          the campuses early               more, that’s fine. You can always      plans always change,” she said.
“Students meet other peo-                         in your high school              decide to go to this school or that    “You never know what’s going to
ple and it helps,” she said.                       years. Make a visit to          one, or whether to attend college      happen after high school.”
                              Angela Mora Riley
        Mora Riley retired                         a campus when you               or not, but apply.”                            Finally, start local if you
in December from NMSU after 27 have the chance.”                                           And there are so many          can and then transfer. “Go to the
years in the Admissions office, first         Second, she said, take your          scholarships that are not applied      community college to start off and
as Counselor, Assistant Director,     exams—SAT’s, ACT’s—early.                    for, she said. The Gates Millen-       then transfer.” Mora Riley gradu-
and then Director.                    “Your Junior year is a good time to          nium Scholarship and the Bill          ated high school from Ganado,
        In those 27 years, she’s      take them. Even if you’re not sure           Daniel Scholarship are scholar-        started at the College of Ganado
worked closely with the Navajo        about college, take them anyway              ships that students should apply       and then attended New Mexico
Nation Scholarship Office and has     and keep your options open.”                 for. “Do not just rely on the tribal   State University.
learned some things that students             Third, when they come to             scholarship. You have to
should know and has some advice       town, she advised, go to the col-            look at others and apply      2010     Annual Report                 19
                                                                                                 NN Vice President Recruits
                                                                                                 Author and Ph.D Morris
                                                                                                                      Irvin Morris,      University’s prestigious Creative
                                                                                                                      author, for-       Writing Program. After getting
                                                                                                                      mer professor,     his Master’s degree in 1993, he
                                                                                                                      and now staff      worked full time as a Lecturer in
                                                                                                                      assistant to       the university’s English Depart-
                                                                                                                      Navajo Nation      ment.
                                                                                                                      Vice President              Discovering that he liked
                                                                                                                      Rex Lee Jim,       writing and teaching, Morris de-
                                                                                                                      was nearly born    cided to earn a doctorate degree.
                                                                                                                      at his family’s    “I began my doctoral work in
                                                                                                      Irvin Morris   summer sheep        American Studies, with an empha-
                                                                                                 camp on the eastern slopes of the       sis in Native American Studies, at
                                                                                                 Chuska Mountains. The family,           the State University of New York,
                                                                                                 he said, had just sat down to lunch     and completed coursework for the
                                                                                                 when his mother realized the baby       degree in 1996,” he said.
                                                                                                 was coming. They raced over the                  After a tenure-track posi-
                                                                                                 rugged dirt road winding up the         tion as an Assistant Professor of
                                                                                                 summit and then down the other          English and American Indian Stud-
                                                                                                 side, making the turns on two           ies at the University of Arizona,
                                                                                                 wheels, slowing down by grind-          Morris came home. “I wanted to
                                                                                                 ing gears because the truck had         work with my own people,” he
                                                                                                 no brakes. “I think of my birth as      said.
                                                                                                 an apt metaphor for what my life                 In spring 2001, he got a job
                                                                                                 has been and continues to be as an      teaching English, Creative Writing,
Top: The BIA and Overall Funding amounts are presented from 2006-2010, with BIA fund-
ing decreasing this past year. Below: The steady rise in cost of attendance (i.e., tuition) is
                                                                                                 Indian in America,” said Morris.        and Native American Literature
presented for colleges where significant numbers of Navajo students go to school.                         Morris never made a long-      at Diné College where he served
                                                                                                 range plan for his education, and       as the head of Communications,
FROM PAGE ONE.                      plicants, we are nevertheless glad                           wasn’t serious about school until       Fine Arts & Humanities before his
off the Navajo Nation as well. A    to see that more students are aware                          late in his twenties. “Up until then,   transfer to the Office of the Presi-
significant number of Navajo fami- of the Navajo Nation Scholarship.                             I was the typical Navajo young          dent and Vice President where he
lies are living outside the Navajo  The increased numbers are evi-                               man, more preoccupied with hav-         serves as Executive Staff Assistant
Nation, in border towns and metro dence of students taking advantage                             ing fun than preparing for life,” he    to Vice President Rex Lee Jim.
areas. Many of our students are     of our online application.                                   remembers.                                       There’s really no secret to
attending K-12 schools in these             In addition to financial aid,                                 His education, really didn’t   educational success, said Morris,
areas. The data shows that the      we also provide outreach services,                           begin until 1986. “I was finally        looking back. “I’d say, just a lot of
problem is the same for schools on participating in college fairs, pre-                          beginning to ask some serious           blood, sweat, and tears. If you’re
and off the Navajo Nation—high      senting at schools and community                             questions of myself: Am I happy?        not afraid of a little hard work, that
school graduates are not adequately meetings, providing information                              What was I going to do with my          degree is just waiting for you to
prepared to enter the workforce or  and answering questions about the                            life?” he said.                         claim it.”
college.                            program, and visiting students at                                     Morris had always been                  “I want to recognize some
         On a concluding note, I    colleges and universities.                                   interested in writing, but he never     very important people,” said
would like to ask past recipients           We also help businesses re-                          took it seriously as a career. In       Morris. “In particular, I must ac-
to contribute to the Navajo Nation  cruit Navajo professionals as well                           1988, he was accepted into the          knowledge the unwavering support
Scholarship Office for the benefit  as help students connect with those                          Creative Writing Program at the         of the Navajo Nation Scholarship
of our children. A $5-$20 contri-   businesses for employment on or                              Institute of American Indian Arts       and Financial Assistance Office for
bution will help. All contributions near the Navajo Nation.                                      in Santa Fe. “I didn’t have to pay      all the assistance they provided, fi-
go directly to Navajo students. I           In closing and on behalf of                          tuition and I would have free room      nancial and otherwise,” he said. “I
am confident that if every Navajo   our staff, I would like to wish our                          and board for the next two years.”      want to single out Maxine Damon.
person contributes a small amount   college students and high school                             After an Associate of Arts degree       I do think that there are many like
of money, we can help more Na-      graduates the very best.                                     from IAIA, Morris headed west           her in that office, unsung heroes
vajo college students.                                                                           to UC Santa Cruz where he fin-          who toil away on our behalf and
         While we deal with the     Rose Graham, Director,                                       ished his BA degree in 1991. He         whose patience, generosity, and
challenges of more and more ap-     Navajo Nation Scholarship Office                             was then accepted into Cornell          dedication has had a tremendous
                                                                                                                                         and positive impact on our nation.”
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