Education: White Man's Poison

In all her 17 years, Florence Iva Begay, a shy, dark-eyed Navajo, had never strayed more than 100 miles from the reservation at Window Rock, Arizona. Graduating as valedictorian of her high-school class at Flagstaff, she became the first to win a new $2,000 annual scholarship for Indian girls at New York's progressive Sarah Lawrence College. Florence wanted to become a doctor, so that she could go back to the reservation to help cure her people of tuberculosis and trachoma. Last week Florence was home again, without getting to New York. She had tasted white man's poison along the way.

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