April 09, 2007

Navajo meets Western education

Dine College blends two cultures in learningThe sight of sheep wandering outside campus facilities is unique for a college, but then again, nothing about Dine College is ordinary.

Everything from the deliberate placement of the buildings, reflecting the shape and concept of a traditional hogan, to the college's arrowhead emblem, symbolizing protection, has a strong Navajo philosophy embedded into it.

Since the groundbreaking of the school on April 13, 1971, implementing a Navajo viewpoint into curriculum has been a top goal for educators. The school's core classes also include Navajo language, culture, history, philosophy, and government.

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