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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 27, 2002 - Issue 66


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools.
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Computer network to hook up Navajo Head Start classrooms

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. The Department of Head Start has contracted with OnSat Network Communications Inc. of Salt Lake City to connect all 205 Head Start classrooms and 34 Administrative Head Start facilities throughout the Navajo Nation.

"Without digging a single ditch or laying any cable, our totally wireless network will connect our entire organization," said J. Kaibah Begay, director of Head Start.

"We will streamline the administrative workload of Head Start, improve information sharing, provide filtered Internet connections, video conferences and deliver many new distance learning opportunities for our children, families, parent committee members and staff."

OnSat Network Communications Inc. also currently provides the satellite Internet connection to more than 105 Navajo Nation Chapter Houses funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Head Start is connecting their 205 Head Start classrooms wirelessly to the local Chapter House satellite systems. This is a most efficient and cost effective method of acquiring a computer network system throughout the entire Navajo Nation. What would have taken years will take less than 90 days," David Stephens, CEO of OnSat said.

The project is being implemented in two phases. The first phase will be the installation of six major uplink satellite systems at the central administration and five agency offices which will serve as hubs for the entire wireless computer network system. The second phase will connect all the Head Start facilities to the local Chapter House.

The anticipated date of completion of the entire project is the end of August or early September.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Navajo Nation Department of Head Start provided this article.


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Casa Blanca Middle School

We're looking for a few good Native American teachers for our middle school.

We're Casa Blanca Middle School and we're located on the Gila River Indian Reservation- just south of Phoenix, Arizona. We have about 250 Native American students in grades 5-8.

Our starting salary is $30,000 with excellent benefits.

Please direct any interested qualified teachers to my direct line at 480-403-8587 or email me at

Thanks for your time.

Greg Cameron- CBMS recruiter

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