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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 from Stanford University.-3 time All-American & a teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford University.-Member of Stanford's 1994 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship team.-Turned professional in 1995.-Shot a 59 in the 2nd round of the Nike Tour Dominion Open in...

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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 farmer & never graduated from high school.-Joined the Army in 1951.-Served in the Korean War in the US military.-Earned a bachelor's degree in math & science in 1961 at UNM.-Earned a master's in physics in 1963 at UNM.-Earned his Ph.D...

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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 wartime, he was a very successful war leader despite being more knowledgeable in the arts of medicine.

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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 spent their lives ranging from theHenry Mountains, the La Sal Mountains, the Uncompaghre Plateau in Colorado's Allen Canyon, the Abajo Mountains, and Bears Ears. Like Hashkeneinii, K'aayélii had fled from the Utes, and brought his people to the Bears Ears...

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1937- PresentBorn in 1937 in the disputed Navajo-Hopi joint-use area in Low Mountain, AZ, Peterson Zah has devoted his life to the service of the Navajo people. At the age of nine he was taken from his family and sent to the Phoenix Indian School. After graduation in 1960 he attended Arizona State University on a basketball scholarship. He received his bachelor's degree in education in 1963. Peterson worked in Phoenix until 1967 when he took a job that would be the beginning of his career in politics, head of Dinebeiina Nahiilna Be Agaditahe (DNA) or "Lawyers Who Contribute to...

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