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Next year the Navajo Methodist Mis
sion will celebate its 7()th anniversary. It had its beginning at a site near Hog back. 20 miles west of Farmington. New Mexico, on the north bank of the San Juan River, where two women mis sionaries pitched a tent and began to leach and preach, and give agricultural and medical assistance. A school was built and formal classroom w ork was b e g u n on a boarding school basis in 1899 with 13 pupils in first grade. In i h e intervening years it is estimated that 1500 Navajo pupils have received an average of s i x years of schooling each. In 1901 the school was located on a new site, four miles west of Farmington, on the south side of the San Juan River near its confluence with La Plata River. By 1911, several buildings, valued at $35,000, had been built at the new site and the enrollment had reached 45 in the first five grades, The n disaster struck. The great flood of 1911. the like of which has not been seen before or since on the San Juan River, washed away all buildings and necessitated an other change of location. But what seemed to be a great trag edy proved to be a real blessing for in 1912 the school was located on its pre sent site on the west edge of Farming ton. Here, on an ideal spot with 100 acres of choice land in the fertile San Juan Valley there are now 22 buildings w i t h a beautiful tree-shaded, grass- PUBLISHED BY THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, NAVAJO TRIBE, WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA Volume I, Number 5 ___ March 1960 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY'’ NAVAJO METHODIST MISSION SCHOOL NAVAJO METHODIST MISSION SCHOOL M aißHMßrKjar - - , < . • , carpeted campus and a farm of 65 irri gated acres. The farm provides vege tables. fruit, eggs, milk, and meat for the school dining room. The present enrollment is 240 boys and girls with 180 in grade school and 60 in high school, nearly all of them boarding pu pils. Biology Students at Navajo Mission The major portion of the expense of maintaining the school is contributed by the Woman’s Division of Christian Ser vice of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church which owns and operates the school. A small part of the cost is borne by parents of the pupils —Continued on page 9 V II!