By Joseph Perez
Cronkite News 

One generation away: Diné College fights to keep Navajo culture alive during pandemic


Last updated 6/7/2021 at 2:04pm

Jeff Rosenfield/Cronkite News

We're one generation away from losing our language, one generation away from losing art or one generation away from losing our stories," Diné College President Charles M. Roessel says.

Diné College wasn't Harley Interpreter's first choice for higher education. During summers in high school, at the urging of her elders, she would travel off the Navajo Nation reservation to see what colleges elsewhere had to offer.

But the convenience of Diné College-the first accredited college to be tribally controlled-and its proximity to Interpreter's home near Tsaile was too good to pass up.

And the longer she attends, her choice makes more sense. As a young Navajo woman, she found the traditional knowledge and language the college offered was invaluable. She helps care for her grand...

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