The landowners from the Chaco Canyon area have suffered enough abuse and damage from the oil and gas companies causing major destruction of existing roads, disrespecting the landowners’ concerns about the annoying noise caused by the machineries for drilling and the mess they leave behind.
Over his past six-and-a-half years in office, a lot of negative things were said by various tribal leaders about the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai, but the one thing he was known for was his loyalty to the people he appointed as division directors.
In 1997 contemporary Diné painter Peterson Yazzie won the high school art contest held by Northland Pioneer College, which earned him a scholarship to the school and eventually led him to become a teacher. Now the two-dimensional art instructor and faculty member helps run the same annual art competition at the college.
When he was a child growing up in Gray Mountain, Arizona, Jonah Littlesunday’s grandmother Bessie Singer used to listen to cassette tapes of world-renowned flutist R. Carlos Nakai while she did her weaving.