On Dec 14, I attended the Western Navajo Agency Council meeting at Coconino Community College. Navajo President Jonathan Nez, Council Delegates from western Navajo Chapter Houses, County officials, and numerous others associated with Navajo Health and County Services met to update each other on different efforts to maintain and improve health, infrastructure and representational governance on Dine’ Bike’yah, the Navajo Nation.
I spoke with and listened to Navajo representatives on their concerns related to impacts from the Bennett Freeze area (where Navajos were not allowed any development during the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute settlement), uranium mining, water quality and education. I was honored to introduce myself to the Council and share about my history of teaching on the Navajo Nation while also working to incorporate Navajo ways of learning (i.e. their science) into curriculum. I even shared a story about how I embarrassed myself when I tried to speak Navajo.