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Long-time Diné College educator passes away at 86


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Martha Jackson

Diné College lost a pillar of the community when long-time educator and silversmith Martha Jackson died Jan. 16 at the age of 86, according to a news release from the college.

Lawrence Isaac Jr., Ph.D., the dean of the School of Diné Studies and Education at Diné College, revealed the death to the college community. Isaac, who was Jackson’s immediate supervisor, said she will be given the faculty rank of emeritus. “We are all saddened by the death of Martha Jackson,” Isaac said.

“She was one of the first students and instructors at Diné College. I knew her for more than 50 years.” Jackson, a fluent Navajo speaker who grew up in the Seba Delkai area of Arizona, taught Navajo language, linguistics and descriptive and narrative writing, among other language-based courses.

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