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Youngsters, Student s Both
Share Benefits of Program
By DON 'weaver
Two laughing Indian girls clam-'
bor aboard the blue pickup - on
down the dirt road they are join- 1
ed by another. Five boys art wait
ing at the bridge and “don’t forget!
the two Arviso girls at the corral”
—then on to the Chapter House.!
In a cloud of dust, the Gallup
Indian Community Center’s faith- 1
ful pickup comes to a halt amidi
happy greetings from the group
of eager yoongsters who have been,
waiting there, eagerly ready for
a morning full of sports, games,
crafts, stories and best of all
refreshments. All has been care
fully planned to delight and ex
cite the interests of youngsters.
These are scenes that were re-1
peated over and over again this
past summer, with variations in
each of four rural McKinley Coun
ty communities.
Occasioned by the two-phased
program of giving advanced field
training to promising young In
dian college students who expect
soon to return to work' with their
people ,on th e one hand, and on
the other hand providing a well
rounded program of group activi
ties and recreation to County In
dian youngsters near their homes,
this unique activity has for the
Fourth successive year met with
praise and approval from many
This was another example of the
kind of constructive educational
program being carried on in areas
of need by our Gallup Indian
Community Center.
“It was a wonderful opportunity
for me to practice my teaching
work with children,” said one Zuni
college student, a senior in edu
cation, who was one of five In
dian students on the special sum
mer staff. “I learned a great deal
about my own Navajo people and
their needs for trained leader
ship,” said another student mem
ber of the staff. One Navajo Coun
cilman has said, “This is the best
Bids were opened on -ne 24th
of August for the construction of
two sections of road on tnt Nav
ajo Reservation. The low oids in
both instances were approximate
ly 30 per cent above the Govern
ment’s estimate of cost and all
bids were, therefore, rejected »o
be readvertised at a later date.
One project involved was i 2 miles
of Nayajo Route 1 from *he Hct
atakin Turnoff to the beginning
of Marsh Pass The bids cn this
project will be reopened ->i Nov
ember 2. The second contract in
volves a portion of Route 17 be
ginning at the Chinle Wash Bridge
north of Many Farms and ex
tending to Round Rock Field par
ties are now investigating a
change in alignment on thi* route
which will reduce the cost con
siderably. After the field surveys
of the change are completed this
information will be sent to the
Gallup Area Office to be included
in a revised design.
Paving the portion of this route
from Many Farms nqrth to the
neto Chinle Wash Bridge is now
complete. Final inspection has
lust been made on thenew bridge
across Black Creek on Route 3
near the Navajo Tribal Fair
grounds. This structure was re
built to the standards of the Ari
zona Highway Department in ord
er that it might be accepted by
- State for maintenance. This
is in accordance with the agree-1
ment with the Bureau of Indian
Affairs which was completed as
a result of the passage of the
Anderson-Udall Bill. This Bill au
thorized an appropriation of S2O
million for the improvement oi
Navajo Routes 1 and 3 with the
understanding that after these
routes are built by the Bureau of!
Indian Affairs, the State of Ari
zona will take them over and ac
cept maintenance reponsibilities i
for them. I
f * * .’
program that I know of for help
ing our young Navajo leaders to
bridge the gap between their col
lege training and our people.”
The Center’s Rural Recreation
and Training program works only
with communities that ask for the
help through an official vote ot
the chapter tcommunity meeting)
or of some designated committee.
It is further resriced to those
communities which are willing to
act as co-sponsors of the program
for their youngsters and to help
secure local community facilities
in most cases a chapter house, or
a school room.
Local leaders assist in explain
ing tht program to, families and
help to recruit the children.
Projects were carried out again
this past summer at Iyanbitoj
Chapter House, 10 miles east of
Gallup, Bread Springs Indian.
School, 17 miles south and east
of Gallup, Red Rock Chapter
House six miles south of Gallup
and at Tse-ya-toh Chapter House
about 14 miles west and north
of Gallup.
The program was extended for
the first time to Zuni, when a
recreation coordinating committee
there requested leadership aid of
the Center in their community
wide program. In addition to the
twice-weekly activities for school
aged children in Zuni, swimming
instruction in first-aid and rescue
was given to two boys who were
chosen for their proficency in
swimming tragedies for lack of
guard the village from future
swimming tradedies for lack of
trained guards. Roller skating was
More Water Ahead
Shallow Well and Spring Devel
opment Program went into oper
ation in mid August, 1960. The
.purposes of the program are to
develop safe domestic drinking
water for both livestock and fam
ilies, and to avoid distant hauling
ol water to homes throughout the
reservation. After two months of
operation there are 66 well pro
jects completed, 48 under current
construction. 162 well projects ap
proved. On the average the com
pletion dates of the proposed well
projects have been two weeks;
in some cases the work exceeds
the two weeks limit.
The program now employs ap
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also supervised by Center student
| staff members in Zuni.
i Supervising the training aspects
* of the program and coordinating
, plans were Mr. and Mrs. William
Davidson, of Fairlawn, New Jer
sey who were in Gallup for the
for that purpose, and
! Henry Tsosie, Center field worker.
• Members of the student staff in
cluded two non-Indian college
graduates: Miss Sue Larsen of,
New York and Nathaniel Ray
mond, of Boston, both of »yhom
have entered graduate studies this
fall. Indian participants were:
Miss Helen Chee, Navajo from
Manuelito, a college graduate,
presently teachiing at Church
Rock; Miss Dorothy Laselute.j
Zuni, a senior student in educa-l
| tion; Miss Mary Gaddy, Navajo
I of Klagatoh, Arizona, a sophomore,
in education; Harrison Henry, Na
vajo of Naschitti, New Mexico,j
a sophomore in education; Bob-:
by Tsiosdia, Hopi-Laguna sopho
more in engineering.
What was accomplished in the
rural McKinley County Commun
ities? How do you measure in a
10 year old Indian youngster the
twinkle in his eye over a water
color masterpiece just created out
of paint and imagination? How
do you difine th e good that com
es from playing the game with
others and swatting the ball
over the fence for the first time;
or carving a toy in wood, or learn
ing to share with others, or mak
ing something together to beau
tify the Chapter House? These
are the intangibles of human ex
proximately 60 Navajo employes.
The field personnel are turning
out very neat jobs in the con
struction ot the well projects in
various areas.
We gave him 20 minutes,
He finished up in 10.
Oh, there’s a prince of speakers
And a servant unto men.
His diction wasn’t such a much,
He- hemmed and hawed a bit,
And still he spoke a lot of sense.
And after nat—he quit.
At first we sat plum paralyzed
Then cheered an>. cheered again;
We gave him 20 minutes,
But he finished up in 10.
Belafonte Singers
at Civic Center
In the Spring of 1957, a chous
of twelve men, all musically gift
ed, joined me in a tour of this
nation’s major cities. They were
to serve as ' background effect ’
for many of my songs, and to
afford our concer: presentation
with an added, dramatic dimen
sion. The blending of these twelve
distinctively styled voices was so
effective that we added a number
of solos for the group during the
concert presentation. Audience re
action to their efforts was over
whelming. and it became quite
apparent that these men, origin
ally slated to be merely “vocal
accompanists,” were shaping up
ars a distinct and unique choral
group of its own merit. We de
cided to record them, giving them
an opportunity to assume identity
and meaning as a musical group.,
and thus, the Belafonte Folk Sing_
ers were born.
In subsequent appearances with
me. both on the concert stage
and in supper clubs in New York
and Las Vegas, the reactions to
the Singers continued to mount
in enthusiasm. Their performanc
es of the dramatic and colorfully
historical folk songs of our natioon
is an achievement of great the
atrical value.
Realizing that the group was
too unique and talented to func
tion merely as vocal accompan
ists for my own artistic endeav
ors, they recorded their first solo
album. “Presenting the Belafonte.
Singers,” which drew criti
cal and public hurrahs, proving
that our enthusiasm was far from
unfounded. The wedding of these
twelve voices, in the presentation
of some of our most memorab ( e
folk songs, is a natural step for
ward in the annals of folk music.
These men, through their indivi
dual gifts, harmoniously blended
to create an overall oneness of
creative accomplishments, have
something so worthwhile to con
tribute, musically, that they can
readily become a motivating force
in the musical world today.
Their newest album. “Cheers,”
merely adds assurance to the ori
ginal belief that here indeed is a ~
vocal group of. great sensitivity,
imagination, scope and pure ea
tertainment value.
It is indeed a proud moment
for me to see that the Belafonte '
Folk Singers are achieving the
identity of a distinctive contribut
ing factor to the musical folk cul
ture of our nation and the world.
Their vital re-creation of some
of the world finest folk material
attests tc their true worth as per
formers and, above all. as artist*
Continued from Page 7
each area; under the present sys
tem 'the more populated areas
with many voters can easily elect
all the county commissioners.
County commissioners do not
have much authority inside the in- ’
corporated cities, so rural areas
need more representation on the
county commission.
Arguments against:
It is so important t» preserve
geographical representation that
the amendment should have made
mandatory the division of coun
ties into districts ind *he resi
dency of the commissioners in
their respective districts.
Geographical areas with small- ,
er population do not contribute
as much financial support to coun- .
ty government and therefore
should not be represented equally
with geographical areas of larger
It would be unfair to the urban
majority to be controlled by a
rural minority.
Proposed Amendment No. 9:
Continuity of Government in
Case of Disaster Emergency
Created by an Enemy Attack:
At present there are no provi
sions for operating the local and
state governments under civil law
if an enemy attack creates such
damage that a disaster emergen
cy necessitating martia* law is
declared by the Pres'dert and

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