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March 10, 2006


Phil Nash

What a great story!

Keep up the great work!

Harrison Lapahie

I hope you enjoy working with the Diné (Navajo) students.

I am Diné married to a Filipina of Chinese and Filipino decent. We have been living in Shiprock for over two years now. I am Chair of the Division of Math, Science & Technology, and Computer Science and Mathematics Instructor, at Diné College - Shiprock.

What I don't like is that when my wife gets ill, we have to go to Farmington, New Mexico (33 miles away), Cortez, Colorado (40 miles away) or Durango Colorado (67 miles away), to see a Doctor or Medical Specialist even though we live only 1/2 mile from the Shiprock Hospital (Northern Navajo Medical Center). She is unable to go there because she is not Diné. We once did, because I felt it was an emergency (she was fainting), and two months later, my wife received a bill for $2222.21, for medical services rendered there (CAT scan, and other servies) and being seeing by their Specialists for about two and a half hours.

Even though you will only be there for maybe another 6 months to complete your teaching internship, you should write NM Congressman Tom Udall and other New Mexico Senators and Congress persons to open up the Navajo Nation Hospitals and Clinics to non-Diné. Diné don't care, but I care, and that is one of my goals.

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