Keeping the Rope Straight: Annie Dodge Wauneka's Life of Service to the Navajo

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As a Tribal Council delegate and community leader, Annie Wauneka improved the healthcare and education available to her people.




Annie Wauneka devoted her life to helping her people. Inspired by the  example of her father, Henry Chee Dodge, Annie immersed herself in  tribal politics and became a leader in the battle against  tuberculosis. With amazing skill and foresight, Annie melded traditional Navajo culture with the modern world, and brought about unprecedented improvements in the healthcare and education available  to her people. As a Tribal Council delegate and chairperson of the Health and Welfare Committee, she changed many lives and motivated countless individuals.

Although obstacles loomed in her path, Annie confronted them boldly.  Her years of service earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom,  awarded to her by Lyndon B. Johnson. More precious, however, was her  title of "Our Legendary Mother" in the hearts of the people of the  Navajo Nation.

 

 

Author: Carolyn Niethammer

Illustrations: Black & white photos

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2006

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Navajo