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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 8, 2003 - Issue 80


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TC High School Hogan Project Nears Completion

by Suetopka Thayer - TC District Media Team

HoganAs the completion of Tuba City elder Rena George’s new hogan is getting closer, members of the TC community are providing visible proof that affordable, culturally sensitive, permanent housing is not only possible but is an extremely doable project that could assist any Indian reservation in the United States.

This includes the six agencies who sponsored the model project — Tuba City High School, Tuba City Chapter, U.S. Forest Service, Navajo Housing Authority, Coconino County Supervisor Louise Yellowman, and ICE (Indigenous Community Enterprise). TC High students who worked on the project are Chris Talayumptewa, Kristen Seweingyawma, Nicole Tsingine, Bradford Kaye, Nikki Tsosie, Treva Smith, Jerome Fowler, Marcus Yazzie, Shane Dempsey, Cody Secody, Roderick Begay, Chris Yellow, Schwan Fred, Lestin Manygoats, and Dave Scott. They work under the direction of TC High Vocational Education teacher, Robert Windmiller, assisted by Tom Drum and Ernie Gishi, also teachers at TC High.

Building materials for the external hogan support structure are provided by US Forest Service through the trees located in the Flagstaff area that have been affected by wildfires, insects and droughts.

The raw trees are taken to Cameron Chapter, on the Navajo Reservation and manufactured through a roundwood plant that creates meaningful work for native members.

Eventually this project would like to see outside philanthropists assist in launching a full scholarship program that would result in native students completing master’s degrees in business administration in exchange for a period of work service following graduation and training. Working on a project like this hogan also provides incentive for these students to pursue businesses of their own.

Students have spent countless hours going over building details to make this the perfect home for Rena George. With the recent sunny weather, Mrs. George has been able to sit outside and watch the students work towards completion, which is slated for Feb. 3.

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