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Navajo times. [volume] (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1960-1984, October 01, 1960, Image 3

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Every person engaged in educational work throughout
America has long recognized three bas c elements that must
be brought together to make a successful school program.
Number one, of course, is willing students coming from
interested parents who say, they want their children to
have better opportunit es than they had when they were
young and who expect their children to progress farther
than they have in the struggle through life.
Next, any school system demands the best possible teach
ers that finances and environment can support and encour
age. They must be qual fied, industrious and respectful of
tiie children and the parents with whom they work. Lastly,
the school facilities themselves represent the final basic
During the postwar years there has been a great trans
formation of these elements.
On the Reservation, we have a great majority of parents
who want their children to be in school and will make an/
sacrifice to get them to school. The parents know from
their own experience that education for the young is one
of their greatest needs.
For many years, we have had a strong nucleus of teach
ers and administrates which has been dedicated to the
task of teaching Indian children to become self-sufficient
and prepared to adult life. Each succeeding year has found
the Navajo Education absorbing new professional people
to take the place of those retiring, transferred or promot
ed. This summer found us occupied with a new such group,
that is most impressive. At this time they are getting them
selves settled in some one of the seventy odd Bureau op
erated schools.
This fall, we are most pleased to have available new
school facilities at Leupp, Chinle, and Kinlichee. With the
aid of a sympathetic Congress, we have made tremendous
progress in creating new facilities, expanding and rehab
ilitating existing facilities.
We are most proud to report that the total Education pic
ture on the Reservation does have a new and constantly
changing look. Improved bureau facilities, new public
schools and the fine work of our mission schools all adds
up to the production of a new Navajo Youth who can take
his place in the ’6o’s.
The Tribal Clothing Program
was established by the Navajo Tri
bal Council in 1954. Since that
time, the Tribal Council has ap
propriated funds each year for the
purpose of providing clothing to
Navajo school children. The
amount available in the 1959-60
school year was $650,000 and this
amount provided clothing for 28.-
000 Navajo school children. This
year, $750,000 has been budgeted
for this program.
The purpose of the Clothing pro
gram is to provide a minimum
clothing supply for each boy or
girl of school age in all cases in
which the family cannot afford to
buy the necessary clothing.
Through this program, the Navajo
Tribal Council assures every child
of an opportunity to attend school.
Th e Tribal Clothing Program is
carried out through all schools
having Navajo pupils. Some 168
government, public, mission, and
special schools are on the order
ing list. No clothing is issued dir
ectly by the Navajo Tribe at Win
dow Rock. Teachers or dormitory
personnel at each school measure
Phone Window Rock 2-3428
Published semi-monthly by The Navajo
Tribs. The Navajo Times i 3 an inde
pendent newspaper serving the interests
•£ the Navajo people.
Assistant Editor
Subscription rates—By mail, $2.00 per
year ; at newsstands, 10c per copy ; spe
cial rate for 9 months, $1.50. Advertis
ixur accented at $1.50 per column inch.
each needy child and order his
exact size. Then the clothing is
sent direct to the school from the
wholesale supplier. Clothing for
this program is purchased many
months ahead of the opening of
schools. Hundreds of sizes and
styles of garments are purchased
for this program. In this way,
every effort is made to provide
good quality garments in an at
tractive variety of styles and col
ors. Special consideration is also
given to the weather and loca
tion of various schools and to the
clothing suitable for each. The
clothing purchased for this pro
gram is of the same brand names
and styles found in clothing stores
in many towns.
In order to keep the cost as
low as possible, all school chil
dren are taught to take good care
of their clothing and each child
is reminded that the clothing is
sued to him is his very own. Par
ents are encouraged to supply as
much clothing as possible for their
The clothing for this year’s
program has been contracted out
to the Henry Hillson Company of
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
If you would increase your hap
piness and prolong your life, for
get other peoples faults. Forget
the slander you have heard, for
get the temptations, forget the
fault - finding and give more
thought to the cause that provok
ed It.
to distinguish between flowers and
weeds is to cut them all down.
Those that come up again are
Voters Learn
During the months of Septem
ber and October Navajos listen
ing all over Navajoiand and areas
beyond received, by radio broad
casts in the Navajo language,
some very helpful information on
the importance of voting and el
ections. The Tribal Chairman,
Mr. Pad! Jones, knowing the val
ue and importance of the duties
of ail citizens and finding it prop
er at this election time urged that
such programs be made available
at all radio stations to which Na
vajos ordinarily listen for Indian
To do these programs, arrange
j ments were made whereby the
| Navajo Tribe, the Gallup Indian,
Community Center, the Station
KGAK of Gallup, New Mexico, the
Station KWYK of Farmington,
New Mexico, and the Station KC
LS of Flagstaff, Arizona all co
operated to bring these highly
important announcements and in
formation to the Navajo people
as a public service project.
The Gallup Indian Community
Center, through the fine work of
Don Weaver, prepared most of the
materials that were used in mak
ing the boradcasts. The Navajo
Tribe in coordinating the project
furnished additional materials,
script copies, recording tapes, and i
the services of Carl Beyal. the
Official Tribal Interpreter, who
did the actual broadcasts The
Station KGAK furnished th e equip
ment and did the re-producing of
recorded tapes as well as broad
casting the originals. The record
ed tapes were furnished the Sta
tion KWYK and the Staticn KC
LS, who through their facilities,
made the broadcasts that were
beamed at the large Navajo lis
tening audiences.
To cover the vast Navajoiand
and regions beyond, the Flagstaff
Station KCLS covered the western
portion, the Farmington Station
KWYK took care of the northern
portion, and the Gallup Station
KGAK handled the central and
southeastern areas.
First were a series of spot an
nouncements stressing the proced
ures for registration, as well as
some background information
about voting. After the registra
tions were closed, the voting pro
cedures and some background in
formation covering types of el
ections, citizenship, government,
free elections, functions of state,
basic liberties, etc.
These current programs will be
continued up to election time as
great interest has been shown on
the part of the Navajo listeners.
It is also hoped that other edu
cational features on other vital
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public programs may be brought
to the attention of many in a sim
ilar manner. The Navajo Tribe is
indeed grateful to each of these
Radio Stations, and the Gallup In
dian Community Center, who all
co-operated so well in making this
fine coverage.
At Schools
There were a total of 2110 Na
vajo children, ages 6 to 18, at
tending ail types oi school within
the Crownpoint Subagency area as
oi June 30. 1960 Ol these. 908
were in puoiic school. 1144 were
in Federal schools, and 51 were
lr mission school.
As ol the sam e date, June 30,
1960. the Crownpoint Subagency
reported 515 Navajo pupils in
grades 5 through 8 within this
area, who would be eligible u>
enter high school during the suc
ceeding tour years
The enrollments ol the public
schools in this vicinity as ot Oct
ober 18, 1960 including both Ang
lo and Non Anglo are as follows:
Crownpoint Public School. 558:
Thoreau Public School, 391; Am
brosia Lake Public School. 212;
tor a total ol 1161 students.
These figures reughly indicate
that a toui year high school oi
about 400 to 500 pupils could oe
anticipated within the next tour
years it dormitory facilities could
be provided tor those Navajo pu
pils living more than IV2 miles
oil the public school ous routes
Additional road work or construc
tion may also oe necessary, de
pending upon the location of the
high school and the areas it will
Three Things to Govern: Temper,
tongue, and conduct
Three Thins to Hate: Cruelty,
affection, and gentleness.
Thret Things to Hate: Cruelty,
ingratitude, and intolerance.
Three Things to Wish For: Health,
friends, and a cheerful spirit.
Three Things to Fight For: Home,
Honor, and country.
H. G. Patterson, Jr.
If a rich man is proud of his
wealth, he should not be praised
until it .is known how he employs
1 emporary
The McKinley County Board of *
Education has indic#<*d Uieir will
ingness to provide temporary
school facilities for the children
ol employees of the Sawmill En
terprise and for other children liv
ing in the area for this coming
school year. It is anticipated that
there will be at least fifty school
age children of employees and ap.
proximately sixty-eight other chil
dren residing in the area.
It is the plan of the McKinley
County Board of Education to pro
vide school facilities for one hun
dred eighteen pupils and to sub
mit applications for permanent
type facilities under Public Law
815 to provide for the anticipated
j increase of school age pupils in
| this area as follows: In 1961. it is
anticipated that approximately 480
pupils will need school facilities
and that in later years, an in
| crease to 720 school age children
is expected.
Navajos to
The Bureau of Indian Affairs at
Gallup announced today a con
tract for construction of additional
classrooms in the Albuquerqun
school system to provide educa
tional facilities for 100 Navajo chil
dren has been signed.
The contract is between the
BIA, Ntw Mexico State Board of
Education and the Albuquerque,
Board oi Education. The provision
for the 100 Indian children is set
for at least 20 years. This will
bring the total of Indian children
attending Albuquerque public
schools to 350.
The BIA announcement pointed
, out that for several years it has
been pursuing a program design
ed to place as many Indian chil
dren as possible in public schools
to enable them to receive their
education in wholly intergrated
The tremendous size and isola
ted character ol the trust lands
in the southwest have been a han
dicap toward achievement of this
goal, the BIA explained.
The Department of the Interior
asserted that th e “splendid co
operation of New Mexico school
officials, has enabled tremendous
strides to be made.”
' The 100 children will live in
dormitories operated by the BIA
in Albuquerque. These dormi
tories are part of the BlA’s ex
panded program to have educa
tional facilities available to each
Indian child.

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