Native History and Culture

21 March

Notah Begay III

Notah Ryan Begay III(September 14, 1972 - Present)-Native American professional golfer.-1/2 Navajo, 1/4 San Felipe, & 1/4 Isleta.-The only full-blood Native American golfer on the PGA Tour.-1 amateur win. 6 professional wins. 4 PGA Tour wins. 2 U.S. national team appearances.-Born & raised in Albuquerque, NM.-Graduated high school from Albuquerque Academy in 1990.-Bachelor of science degree in Economics in 1995...

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21 March

Fred Begay

Fred Begay (July 2, 1932 - April 30, 2013)-Also known as Fred Young or Clever Fox.-Native American nuclear physicist.-3/4 Navajo & 1/4 Ute.-First Navajo to receive a Ph.D. in physics.-Born in Towaoc, Colorado on the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation.-His parents started teaching him Navajo medicine as a child.-Trained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a youth to become a...

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21 March

Nesjaja Hatali

Nesjaja Hatali was a Navajo leader.Hatali was a medicine man in the Navajo tribe, but soon resisted US expansion into the southwest, alongside Manuelito. Alongside several other war chiefs such as Nova andGeronimo, he was able to use guerrilla tactics to defeat American columns of troops and harass supply lines until the Navajo nation surrendered in 1866. But in the...

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21 March

Hastii K'aayélii

Hastii K'aayélii (One With Quiver; c. 1801–1894) was a Diné leader.K'aayélii was born around 1801 in Elk Ridge, north of Bears Ears. His birthplace was near a spring at the head of a canyon. Both were named for him with the corrupted spelling "Kigalia".North of the San Juan River, K'aayélii was one of the principal headmen. He and his followers...

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