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  • Bus driver creates Navajo Legacy of Excellence

    Jake Goodrick, Cronkite News|Updated Jun 3, 2019

    GANADO, Ariz.-At precisely 6:55 each school day morning, Freddie Yazzie puts his bus in gear and cautiously pulls out of the bus yard beside the Ganado Unified School District main campus. For 26 years, Yazzie has driven school buses for this quiet Navajo community, and in that time, he shaped his role beyond that of a chauffeur for the elementary, middle and high school students on his route. As Yazzie sees it, he changes lives. From the outside, his school bus, No. 153,...

  • Played among livestock, medicinal plants, 'rez golf' builds community among Navajo

    Jake Goodrick, Cronkite News|Updated Feb 1, 2019

    LOW MOUNTAIN, Ariz.-On a late-September morning deep within the Navajo Nation, Larron Badoni practiced his golf swing. Sun blanketed the plateaus and mesas surrounding the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club-nine holes scattered over a rocky, hilly, shrubby landscape dotted with blue shade structures, weathered carpets and pins flying red and white flags. It was just about time for the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club's seventh annual Rez Golf Two-Player Scramble to tee off in Low Moun...