Education: In Place of Neglect

When the citizens of sedate Brigham City, Utah (pop. 6,000) first heard the news, there was consternation in town. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs had decided to take over an abandoned Army hospital on the southern edge of Brigham City as a school for several hundred Navajo children from Arizona. Some townsmen had visions of a horde of adolescent savages. Others could see their orderly little Mormon community ringed by a fringe of tepees.

Two things happened to make Brigham City change its mind: 1) a citizens' committee visited the Navajo Reservation and...

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