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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 1, 2001 - Issue 50


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Navajo People in the 21st Century


December 3, 2001

Armstrong Hall, Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona

Speakers: Johnson Dennison, Claudine Bates Arthur, Bob Whitman, and more.



This symposium is intended to address the most critical issue facing the Navajo People in the 21st century: How can Navajo Peoples balance the modern world with their traditional language and culture?

The Navajo People exist today as one of the largest and most influential North American Tribal Nations today. It has a growing population of a quarter of a million and a land base the size of West Virginia. Its government and infrastructures are developing. However, the majority of the People are below the age 24. A significant portion of these young people move off-reservation for employment and education. This situation has resulted in a gap between the elder and the young. Most young Navajos today know little about their Languages and Culture. Yet this culture has much to offer the world at large. The Navajo Culture has provided a mode for resolving disputes alternative to the traditional American adversarial Court System - The Navajo Peacemaking Courts. The Navajo Language has help shape the history of the world by helping the United States win its Second World War.

We believe the young generations of Navajo must be the ones to structure the dialog about the significance and the future of Navajo Language & Culture.

This symposium is intended to help students bridge the traditional with the modern, and to facilitate a dialogue about this issue. We welcome broad public participation in this important event.


8:30AM - Opening Prayer, Welcome, & Introduction - Peterson Zah, ASU President's Office

9:00AM - Presentation 1 - Technology - Steve Grey, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

10:20AM - Presentation 2 - Science & Engineering - David Begaye, Honeywell

11:40AM - Presentation 3 - Medicine, Bernadette Freeland-Hyde

1:00PM - Lunch Break On Your Own

1:45PM - Entertainment - NAMMY Award-winning Artist Delphine Tsinajinnie

2:00PM - Presentation 4 - Law - Claudine Bates-Arthur, DNA Legal Services

3:20PM - Presentation 5 - Education - Johnson Dennison, Chinle Health Care Facility

4:40PM - Presentation 6 - Science & Engineering - Bob Whitman, University of Denver

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