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Thank you, Dr. Wm. C. Meadows Missouri State University

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Subject: I'm am related to you through my late mother, Lucy E. Bradley. My grand mother was Sarah L

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Judith Geary, <>, Wednesday - Apr 15, 2015 - 10:27 AM PST
Subject: William Shelton?

This summer, a group of Quakers will be having a conference in Cullowhee, NC. One of our field trips is to the Shelton House in Waynesville, which houses the NC Handicraft Museum. Within that is a collection of Navajo artifacts and crafts collected by William Shelton and his wife when they worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Questions have arisen about the ethics of how these artifacts were produced and collected. Given the reputation of Navajo boarding schools as oppressive and destructive of native culture, we're trying to get a sense of where Shelton falls on the "oppressor" spectrum.

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Greg Huber, <>, Friday - Mar 27, 2015 - 4:48 PM PST
Subject: Adopted


Sorry it took me so long to get back a hold of you. I am getting married tomorrow so as you can imagine there is a lot to do right now.

Just let me know what you would like me to do to provide you with information or where I have to turn to get our rights. Of course I am hoping that my children will get some help with schooling. Its not far as money to pay for it. Have a good paying job medical insurance.

Thank you for contacting me back.

Greg Huber


Replied March 27, 2015 @ 17:44 pm MST

If your children are 1/8 Navajo, then you are out of luck. They can not register to be a member of the Navajo Tribe. But you can apply. You just need to have legal documented proof that you are at least 1/4 Navajo from your parents. Bring your documents to a BIA building in one of the towns on the Navajo Reservation, give your documents and talk to a person from that office, who might then ask you to fill out an application for CIB (Certificate of Indian Blood). It will take about two hours or so (that's what it took for my daughter). If you get your CIB, then it will have on it your Census Number.

Some Navajo delegates on the Navajo Nation want to legally lower the amount of Indian Blood a Navajo needs to be Navajo (because their grandchildren are mostly non-Navajos). So the Blood limit might change some day.

Harrison Lapahie

Martin Avila, <>, Thursday - Mar 19, 2015 - 1:33 PM PST
Subject: Images of Dr. Lori Arviso-Alvord

Dear Harrison,

My name is Martin Avila, program coordinator for the Multicultural Student Development Office (MSDO) at Calvin College. During the month of April, the MSDO department will be hosting a Women’s history month. During this month our student leaders we will portraying and presenting influential women around the world that have a significant role in history.

One of the women that we will be highlighting is Dr. Lori Arviso-Alvord, the first Navajo female surgeon. Unfortunately for us, we are having a difficult time searching for quality poster size images of Dr. Arviso-Alvord. I was wondering if you would have any images of Dr. Arviso-Alvord that we can use?

This event is strictly educational. We are hoping to empower our student to become role models and leaders in the midst of diversity at Calvin College. We are also hoping this event will cause awareness within the community and around Calvin College. I look forward to connect with you soon. Any help will be appreciated.


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Replied March 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm MST

Hello Martin,

Sorry, I don't have any images of Dr. Lori Arviso-Alvord.

Harrison Lapahie

Jerry Hill, <>, Wednesday - Mar 11, 2015 - 8:37 PM PST
Subject: Diné Bikeyah map


Something to add to your map of da Rez ( To the table of place names just below the map, you should add the Navajo name for Coyote Canyon -- Mą'ii Teeh Yitłizhi.

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Paul Huelskamp, <>, Monday - Mar 09, 2015 - 10:30 AM PST
Subject: Navajo Nation Map


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Greg Huber , <>, Thursday - Mar 05, 2015 - 4:55 PM PST
Subject: Adopted


I was adopted, born on 12/6/1972. My parents went thru the LDS adoption agency. My sister went through the process to find her biological mother and found out what the church says she was wrong. I was told that I'm 1/4 Navajo and White. I have two boys that I would love to get some Indian rights to help them.

Please let me know if you can point me in the right direction please. Thank you so much for your help.

Greg Huber


Replied March 26, 2015 @ 4:11 pm MST

Hello Greg,

If you can show through documentation that you are 1/4 Navajo, then you can get a Census Number from the BIA office to be listed as a member of the Navajo Tribe. The be listed as a member of the Navajo Tribe, you need to be at least 1/4 Navajo. Are your children at least 1/4 Navajo?

Harrison Lapahie

Jackie Robbins, <>, Friday - Apr 25, 2014 - 1:31 PM PST
Subject: Language Question

Mr. Laphie, this probably sounds like an odd question but when I was a little girl my grandfather taught me something he had learned from his great grandfather and it was passed along way before that. I have looked and looked to see if I can find what the words mean. We don’t have any Indian ancestry that I know of but just wondering if maybe it could be something you might have heard somewhere in the Navajo language. It goes like this (the way it sounded to me anyway): Dupree nompree
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Once a Virginia. I’m so curious as to what it means. Thanks,
Jackie Robbins

Scott Mayfield, <>, Sunday - Apr 06, 2014 - 2:23 AM PST
Subject: Navajo Code Talkers at Tent Camp #3, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in WWII

Dear Members of the Diné/Navajo People,

My name is Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mayfield, and I have been working on a project for my previous unit in the U.S. Marine Corps, to which I belonged until recently. The gist of this project is that it researches and records the history of “Camp Talega” (64 Area), known in World War II as “Tent Camp #3”, a military cantonment (living and working area) on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. I would like to sincerely request your assistance as we gather some additional information or details about the camp’s past, or in pointing me toward the right person to contact.

In 2005, some veteran Marine Navajo “Code Talkers” visited our camp and met with I believe the then-Commanding Officer, Colonel Suzanne Hanni (now named Colonel Suzanne Pinedo, e-mail copied above) and Lieutenant Colonel Norman Root. A few of the Navajo Code Talkers during that visit stated that they trained at Camp Talega (called “Tent Camp #3” in World War II) and even lived or trained inside some of the “Quonset” huts, which make up the larger number of buildings at Camp Talega/old Tent Camp #3.

Would you please assist us in answering some of the questions below? Thank you.

1) Are any Navajo Code Talkers available that trained at Camp Pendleton that could tell us more about their stay and training on the base in World War II? Would you please send them my contact information below (and/or Major Thomas Rose’s e-mail address above or phone number at (504) 390-2733 – who is taking the lead now on this project) or kindly direct us in how we might contact them?

2) Did the Code Talkers train at “Tent Camp #3” on Camp Pendleton? Did they train in the Quonset huts at Tent Camp #3 or in military tents?

3) What years did the Navajo Marine Code Talkers train at Tent Camp #3 (today known as “Camp Talega” or 64 Area), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton?

4) What type of training did they conduct at Tent Camp #3 or on Camp Pendleton?

5) What Marine Corps units were they assigned to while at Tent Camp #3 or on Camp Pendleton? Or were they assigned to Marine units after training at Camp Pendleton?

6) Did any of the “Original 29” Navajo Code Talkers train at Camp Pendleton, or specifically, at Tent Camp #3?

7) Is there any other historical information you might provide or points of contact you might be able to direct us to in order to better inform this historical project and make it as true and accurate as possible and better recognize some of those veteran Marines who have served honorably through the years at Tent Camp #3/Camp Talega and Camp Pendleton?

Thank you very much for your time and assistance. Your help will enable us to better preserve the history of the camp and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for years to come.

Very respectfully,
LtCol Scott Mayfield
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
(951) 265-8376 (cell)

Richard Shaffner, USMC Sgt./Ret., <>, Saturday - Mar 29, 2014 - 6:34 PM PST
Subject: Navajo Code Talker military ribbon or facsimile

I'm trying to find the Navajo code talker ribbon. I wear a USMC Vietnam Purple heart cap and have several USMC pins on it. I am trying to find a Navajo military pin to add to my other pins. I'm combat-wounded/disabled and retired from the Marine Corps. I've always admired and hold the code talkers in the highest esteem. I met several code talkers several years back outside Newport,PA. Please reply back, God bless and Semper.

I live in Mt. Holly Springs, PA with my wife and son.

Oatzinu She'e'lake'e', <>, Thursday - Mar 13, 2014 - 10:30 PM PST
Subject: Help with Geneology

Maruahuey, Mr Lapahie,

DJi'i' es Oatzinu She'e'la'ke'e' (O ah stee noo Zho lah ko') Iam tso Sho Ni born for the Chako Dineh To Za neh Li Pa Henne

Please forgive my ignorance and that I was not allowed to speak Dineh growing as a child in Texas. We were encouraged to become called Mexican up until the 1980s. It wasnt until then my grandfather took me to the bosque and explained to me that I am Dineh. Specifically Chako Dineh To Za neh is the best I can spell it. He said We the Castillo were called Apache de Navajo than ran down to Mexico being called Nakai Dineh (Wandering Navajo) before then known as Li Baan henne/Lipahenne - the Bread Makers/Many Bloodline People). He said we came from the bigwater Yucatan after the big ice. Then after a big rumble and the big fire we came back out from DJii Ma Pidjaad. we walked far under the dark skies after four seasons north up into what is now Canada some of us stayed there then we split some went the the grey skies west Teneh and some went to the trees east (Chi No uk- red people in the woods) then from there we came back the Center where we emerged. After the great Ketzokuatil laid black for many miles his body became afanyu and gave the earth to eat of his body and she gave 3 foods the sisters corn, squash, beans. Gah was good to eat. Bih was walking tall and the first hunter (Third son of the first woman after twins. The twins rid of the giants so that humans could live) followed him when.he talked to Deer he asked deer if he could have his sacrfice for the people. Deer evaded hunter 3 times the fourth time Hunter released the arrow hitting deer in the heart. When deer fell one of his alntlers fell on the north of the copper canyon the other south of there. As the Deer lay there Hunter gave him his last drink. Deer then gave a gift of medicine from his heart and said " This i will give to your people to remember my sacrifice for you all to share and eat with love - peyotl." So from then on the people ate the peyote to come into commune with Creator Yahonai Usen so that all would be Yehavoha and tell Creator how good all is here on earth with the good blessings of life. That is why peyote grows on both sides of the what os now the border of Mexico and the United states.

He said our colors were Black white blue and Yellow. Black and Blue were men and Yellow and white woman.Grandpa said We all spoke one language at one time but during the time of confusion we went our ways. Still communicating with our blood cousins the Parrot clan whom went back to seek our ancestors. But we the To Za Ne went to a place east not too far from Dineh Pizhaad and Built Earth Pyramids. From there we brought other vegetables and shells. These shells we got from what is now Corpus Christi Texas. Where the Other Castillo live our blood cousins. ANd From our mound builder cousins we brought badger, leopard and mountain lion. We would take back pottery and salt. We always came back to Dineh Pizhaad. Whether parrot or bigwater clan. SO that's why Our language has not changed much.

Grandpa said our dialect is called Zo Lakai which is the Castillo true surname. He also gave me some symbols which have been verified at Chaco Canyon last year to be from a room that still stands at Chaco Canyon Pueblo Bonito Ruins.

This year A UNM team was working on the site on some buildings that were there in the turn of the 20th century. I described the are in detail. The Head Lady digger told me I described eveything they had been looking for. She Asked me how I knew. I told her I have my Grandpa's memories and my Great Grandpa as well. She did not believe me. Then one team member reminded her one a few pictures were shown to public. The things I described were not and have not been shared. On the peyote rattle my Grandpa gave me are symbols. I need help to know what they mean. I need help to find my people my Great Uncles my cousins, My Bigwater . My Grandpa said we are Dineh but because of fighting the Comanche, Spanish and US Government many of us were banned from coming back and went to Mexico or back to the Bigwaters...El Paso to Austin, San Antonio Houston down to Brownsville, and even Dallas.

Then we were adopted back as the 13th clan the first time adopted back as the 2cd oldest clan of the Dineh because at that time the earth was still young.

My Grandpa said at first we were not Dineh but now we are.

My Grandpas uncles were: Cipriano, Juan Jose, Plutarco, Preciliano and Dionicio Castillo My grandfathers father was Name Valentin Del Castillo and Was also called Flaco who Married the Daughter Of Nana the Old Hopi and fought with Goyekhlay. Grandpa Chon said his father was Cheif of the To Za Neh Lipahenne and Knew Manuelito his older Uncle very well. This is how The Castillo were able to come back home through good standing warriors and marriage.

How can you help me solve this puzzle? Is there a way? To prove these stories?

I believe my Grandpa. From the words my Grandpa taught me I have been told they were from the old pueblos mainly Pueblo Bonito possibly Pueblo Pintado because its mixed and Grandma Gomez said we all spoke like the Comancheros in north New MExico Hopi Navajo mixed but understood by both. Is that a true lanuguageTanoa Tunica? Or maybe it was used just to trade?

I hope this was not too much.

Wodja Kudja.
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Sadie Johnson, <>, Thursday - Mar 06, 2014 - 11:16 AM PST
Subject: Navajo Words

What are these Navajo words? I don’t seemed to find them anywhere in the dictionary.

Thanks Nihibizhdiniilgeshi
Alah naaneedleehgo

Appreciate any help, thanks again


Replied Tuesday, 3/18/2014, 11:01 pm

Hello, I asked my friend and she said the following:

Don't know. Hard to say with no context. Perhaps if it was in sentences.

Hweeshne - I told it, like I told a story.
Baa hweeshne' - I told about it
Nihibizhdiniilgeshi - ?

I hoped I helped.

Harrison Lapahie


Replied Tuesday, 3/18/2014, 11:16 pm

Hello again,

My friend replied back to me again. She said the following:

Could be misspelling too. Ex: Aláá or al'a or just alah . First one could be referring to "the furthest", the second could be "separate" Naanee... Could be many different things depending on what it's referring to

Harrison Lapahie

Liliana Corona, <>, Wednesday - Mar 05, 2014 - 1:53 PM PST
Subject: Wrote a script using Dene' traditions...will be filming soon need advice on accuracy


I'd like to get some advice as to my film. I am producing a short film and using Navajo language. I want to be accurate in the way they dressed and props. The story begins with a father and son on a hunt...They are hunting with a bow and arrow. Second scene involves a grandmother teaching her grandson. I want to make sure i'm dressing my characters accordingly. What did the Dene' wear in the 1650's-1750's. I heard they wore no fringe. Mostly spanish woven shirts or deer skins. Barefooted or yucca sandals. What was their way of dress in the winter time during hunting season? What did they use to sleep in and did they live in hogans back then. What did they wear to swim in...They were probably naked but for film purposes I'd probably want to use loin cloths or woven shorts. What do you recommend. Please help because not too many people know what was going on in that time period.

Robin Vela, <>, Tuesday - Apr 30, 2013 - 2:55 PM PST
Subject: The Meaning of a Word


My name is Robin and I teach in Dulce, NM. My class is looking up their names to see if they have a certain meaning or origin. One young lady would like to know about the name "Gloniiziinii". Can you please help us?

Thank you,
Robin Vela

Greg, <>, Wednesday - Apr 24, 2013 - 6:52 PM PST
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I am working with a free operating system (Ubuntu); a free browser (Mozilla Firefox) and a free "office" package (LibreOffice). All work wonderfully.

Until I try to install the fonts to read your site.

You may wish to benefit from the free, completely open-source resources; it might help your people to gain an edge because they do NOT have to pay for the OS, the apps, whatever.

But it would sincerely help us (outsiders) if we could install the fonts and begin to learn the "real" language. Perhaps, your own people could learn.

Food for thought.


Hello Greg,

You are using open source software for your operating system and utilities on your computer. That might be a problem, therefore, you have to figure out on your system how to install the Navajo fonts. My fonts are not specifically made for Windows or Mac. They are just fonts! It can be used for any operating system, you just need to know how to install them. There is a way to make the Navajo fonts work on your system! You just need to research it, play with it, figure it out! I do not use Linux or Ubuntu for my computer, which is an HP laptop which I carry around. and use at home and at my school office. I have seen some use Ubuntu and Open-Office and all other free software, but that so far is not for me. One has a problem using Firefox with it. Most of the world uses either Windows 90% or Apple's OS 5% and the rest is Open Source. More power to you if you like being different!

Harrison Lapahie

William Parker, <>, Friday - Apr 12, 2013 - 5:19 PM PST
Subject: Family History

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Zonnie Gorman, <>, Friday - Apr 12, 2013 - 12:23 PM PST
Subject: NCT Thomas H. Begay's Wife

Hello Everyone,

We have lost another dear member of our NCTA community. Nonabah (aka NIna) Begay, wife of NCT Thomas H. Begay, has passed away. She passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Gallup, NM. Her funeral is scheduled for Monday, April 15 @ 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, NM. She was 83 years old.

Her husband, Thomas, has set up a donation account with Wells Fargo Bank. You can go to any Wells Fargo bank and let them know you want to make a donation to the "Thomas H. Begay for Nonabah" account and they will accept the transaction.

The family needs support and prayers during this time of loss. Nina will be greatly missed. She was a great supporter of the NCTA. She often sang the USMC Hymn in Navajo. She last performed during the Chevron Land Donation.

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or her son, Gerald, at 520-301-1671 or at

Yvonne Murphy

Tom Haikin, <>, Friday - Apr 12, 2013 - 4:35 AM PST
Subject: Navajo Life in 1940

If I were a Navajo teenager who lived with his parents in a traditional Navajo home just before World War II, is there a place where I might be living where I would go to high school with non-Navajo students?

Ever since I met someone whose father and uncle were both Code Talkers, I have been thinking about writing a book about finding respect for one's culture. From my friend, I learned about The Long Walk" and how the Navajo language and culture survived despite attempts to make it 'go away'. The survival of that culture saved many lives on Iwo Jima, and I'd like to write about how a young man learns to respect his heritage as he sees how his ability to speak the unwritten language passed down from his ancestors, plays such an important role in the battle and in the survival of this country.

I'm looking for a location where a Navajo teenager would wish to blend in with the crowd of "town" kids.

Chandler, Arizona was the location I had originally chosen, but I now think that in the 1940s it would have been too far from the Nation to expose the young man to the two different cultures on a daily basis.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Kim Keisling, <>, Tuesday - Mar 19, 2013 - 3:06 PM PST
Subject: Navajo Country Map


I came across your Navajo Country map online, and I was wondering if you would consider allowing the Powell Museum, in Page, Arizona to reproduce it for an upcoming exhibit? The Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. We are installing an exhibit of Navajo rugs from weavers living in the Dinnebito Wash area from the 1950s – 1990s. The map would be used to illustrate the Navajo Nation as well as orient the visitor to the Dinnebito area. The exhibit will open in April 2013 and will run through March 2014.

Thank you very much for your consideration!

Kim Keisling
Curator of Collections
Powell Museum
6 N. Lake Powell Blvd.
P. O. Box 547
Page, Arizona 86040

Nicole, <>, Sunday - Mar 17, 2013 - 8:54 AM PST
Subject: Navajo Research

Dear Harrison or Nilda,

I am doing research on The Navajo people. If you can possibly help me with my research i would highly appreciate it.

Thank You
Nicole Camastro

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