Farmington, New Mexico Caught Between Earth and Sky

Nearing its 15th anniversary, a unique Navajo prep school may have to close its doors for lack of funds and a place to call home

"It was the medicine men," the teacher tells the class, "who came up with the religious beliefs that are the backbone of our Navajo culture." Lloyd | House speaks in a gravelly voice, has a boxer's much broken nose and wears a traditional turquoise necklace around his neck. "The medicine man we are talking about today was called Naahwiitbiihi -- which means the 'man who always wins.' Sounds like Frank Sinatra, doesn't it?" he says, and chuckles.

The high school students, all Navajos, all shy and soft-spoken, all wearing high-topped sneakers and distressed blue jeans, don't seem to know or care...

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