We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation Peterson Zah

ISBN: 9780816502479

Published: June 1st 2012

Paperback

176 pages


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We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation  by  Peterson Zah

We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation by Peterson Zah
June 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780816502479 | 7.24 Mb

Nearing graduation from Phoenix Indian School,Peterson Zah decided he wanted to attend college. He was refused the reference letters needed for college admission by teachers who told him he would fail and thus embarrass them. Several years later,MoreNearing graduation from  Phoenix Indian School,Peterson Zah decided he wanted to attend college.  He was refused the reference letters needed for college admission by teachers who told him he would fail and thus embarrass them.

Several years later, these instructors would receive invitations from Zah to a party celebrating his graduation from Arizona State University.And so began a career that took Zah  to the presidency of the Navajo Nation. His life and accomplishments have exemplified the ongoing efforts by American Indian communities to gain greater control over their lives and lands.

He has made important contributions in many areas, but education has always been one of his main priorities. Perhaps  no one in the Southwest has done more than Peterson Zah to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of American Indian students from colleges and universities.Zahs presentations to Peter Iversons classes at Arizona State University,  employed  examples drawn from his own experiences. Students praised his thoughtful, honest and direct observations.  He reinforced a central theme in Iversons classesthat Indian history encompasses triumph as well as tragedy and victory as well as victimization.This book grew out of  Iversons determination to share Zahs insights  with a wider audience.

The two met every few months to consider many subjects related to Zahs life.  These sessions formed the foundation for this volume.Part autobiography, part interview, and part conversation, Zah and Iversons account touches on a wide range of overlapping topics, but two central themes prevail: education and empowerment. We Will Secure Our Future is a fascinating look into the life of a man who  became a respected visionary and passionate advocate for his people.



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