Education: Sheepskins for Navajos

The ritual chants and dances performed weekly by the Navajo men and women are centuries old, but the octagonal sanctuary where the tribal ceremonies take place is spanking new. With its earth floor and eternal flame at the base of a six-story building, the sanctuary is the center of a $15 million campus designed by Indian medicine men and paid for largely by federal funds. Navajo Community College, which moved to its new 1,200-acre campus at Tsaile in northeastern Arizona three years ago, is the first entirely Indian-operated and -controlled institution for higher learning on a reservation in the U.S. Eighty-five...

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