Founder: Miss Utah Navajo pageant was way to regain pride
By Cindy Yurth
MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah, Sept. 18, 2014
(Times photo — Cindy Yurth)
Growing up in the isolated Utah section of the reservation, where they rarely saw a bilagáana, it had never occurred to Clyde Benally to be embarrassed about his culture. He strove hard to be a good, balanced person in the Navajo way, and his grandmother always told him there was a special pride in being a Utah Navajo, because they never surrendered to the Long Walk.
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