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THE NAVAJO TIMES MARCH, 1961 V - . r ' 4 . 4fl 9L Hardy Wins Achievement Award ANADARKO, OKLA. A Na vajo student from Fort Defiance, Ariz., has won the Student of the Month honors at the Riverside In dian School for the niontn of Jan uary 1961. Joe C. Ifardy, a junior ai.i son •f Mr. and Mrs. John Kaidy, Crystal Trading Post, has won out standing academic and social achievement honors at the Okla homa school for the past month. Mr. Hardy won the honors over 15 other leading students nomin ated for the highly recognized award. This is a Student Council and faculty sponsored leadership activity. Joe won the award in the fields of cooperation, citizen ship. scholastic standing, attitude and his interest in promoting high er social and academic standards a! Riverside. During the time Joe has been attending Riverside he has been an active leader in his class of H jE Mp - • "j| \ .g. jv: Z. : Mrs. Jessie Begay Smith The Merchants Bank “GALLUP’S OLDEST” Established in 1916—Member F.D.i.C. Announcing A New Service To Its Many Customers — TRUST DEPARTMENT 200 W. Aztec Ave. Uptown Plaza Gallup,N. Mex. 1116 E. 66 Ave. JOE C. HARDY fices, cottage living, campus clubs and is the leader of the Annual Year Book staff. The cash prize of $3 and a wrist watch was presented to Joe by his class sponsor. Miss Nezzie L. Leathers. Joe gave several words of encouragement to the student body and requested that all stu dents try for the most coveted award. New T eachers Mrs. Smith is a native of the Shiprock area. Beclabito was her home. She now teaches in the Shiprock Boarding School. Mrs. Smith attended Beclabito Day School one year, then trans ferred to Shiprock where she com pleted the sixth grade. She then attended Ignacio Indian School for two years, and finished her high school work at Fori Wingate. She holds a B. S. Degree in Eel mentary Educatioon from Arizona State College at Flagstaff. Mrs. Smith is married to Evans Smith, Jr., also a native of Ship rock. They have two small daugh ters. Shiprock Area welcomes another one of it’s native daughters into the education field. CROWNPOINT BOARDING SCHOOL HAS NEW PRICIPAL Mr. Leroy Falling, who served as Assistant to the Director of Schools for the past two years, has accepted the position of Prin cipal of the Crownpoint Boarding School. Fourth Annual Navajo Education Conference Mite* V. Zintz Associate Professor of Ec’aication University of New Mexico The Education Committee of the Navajo Tribe, especially Dillon Platero, Chairman, is deserving of high praise for the very successful fourth annual conference on edu cation just completed on the Uni versity of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque. The work done on the appropriate theme of teach ing English to Navajo students may represent a kind of “break through” to some greater efforts in meeting this problem. Hildegard Thompson, Chief of the Branch of Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, set the tenor of the conference thinking with Unions, to Invade Reservation Land The way was clear today for the National Labor Relations Board to invade the ancient tribal lands of the Navajo Indians. The U. S. Court of Appeals has rejected requests by Navajo chiefs to block an NLRB union repre sentation election at a uranium plant on the tribe’s reservation near Mexican Hat. Utah. An NLRB spokesman said the board now would arrange for bal loting to see if the workers at the Texas-Zinc Minerals Corp., mill want to be represented by the United Steelworkers Union. The Navajo Tribal Council op posed the union's campaign in the courts after forbidding organizers to set foot on the 25,000 square mile reservation. Steelworkers attorneys argued that employes at the plant, which processes uranium ore for the Atomic Energy Commission, should be subject to U. S. law. NAVAJO ARTS AND CRAFTS GUILD A Tribal Owned Enterprise To Perpetuate The Making Os Fine Handicrafts For Discriminating Buyers Nav^ ; o Rugs Wrought and Rock Cast Silver Jewelry-Navajo Moccasins Original Paintings MADE BY NAVAJOS ON THE RESERVATION • Visitors Welcome • Open All Year BE SURE TO VISIT— NAVAJO TRIBAL FAIR GROUNDS . Window Rock, Arizona SOON TO BE MOVED TO A NEW HOME ON HIGHWAY 68 her address on opening doors to Navajo young people through edu cation. Dr. Virginia Allen, Teach ers College, Columbia University, zeroed in on teaching English by presenting an excellent overview of the whole problem of how to teach English as a second lang uage. Robert Young’s contrast of the sound systems of English and Na vajo presented informally to each of the six study groups demon strated convincingly the need for each teacher of Navajo children to know something of compara tive linguistics. The demonstrations by Mrs. Ton ita Dailey and Mrs. Eva Samples at the Albuquerque Indian School and Dr. Frank Angel’s presenta- not tribal codes, when it came to industrial relations. The NLRB agreed but an elec tion order was delayed by the Indian’s challenge to the legality of an election order. A year ago, the NLRB found there were 87 employes at the Mexican Hat mill—47 Navajos and i 48 non-Indians. “If the Indians are entitled to vote for Sen. (Barry) Gold water (R.-Ariz.) they’re entitled to vote for a union, “said steelworkers’ lawyer David E. Feller. The U. S. District Court agreed and the appeals court also sided with the union in a recent order. But the Navajos still are on the warpath. Their lawyers have in dicated the tribal chiefs would not be satisfied until the Supreme Court rules on what the Navajos consider an unwarranted applica tion of paleface law. tion of promising practices point ed up real needs for both the continual practice in speaking English in meaningful situations throughout the school day and the establishment of formal lessons in how to speak the language cor rectly. By the end of the conference, this writer felt that four special needs of teachers had been em phasized for teachers of Navajo children. Much attention does need to be given to seeing that these chil dren’s basic psychological needs are adequately met. These chil dren need recognition, response from others, a feeling of belong ing. and love and acceptance from their teachers, but these needs are not special since all children, need and deserve these. The four special needs empha sized by The conference are: 1. An understanding and appre ciation of the cultural heritage of the child; 2. Some understanding and ap preciation of the differences in the systems of the Navajo and Eng lish languages; 3. Specific knowledge of how to proceed with formal lessons in how to teach English as a second language; 4. An acceptance of the fact that now Navajos, on the average, are severely educationally retard ed, and knowledge of bow to over come this handicap through re medial instruction is imperative. Indian Work Labeled When you see a piece of Indian jewelry or a rug for sale in a Colorado store now, you can be sure it’s genuine. If it isn’t, it has to bear a tag saying it’s imitation. Gov. Steve McNichols signed yesterday a legislative act de signed to protect both the Indian craftsmen of the nation and tour ists. It became effective upon sig nature.