I'll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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I'll Go and Do More is the story of Annie Dodge Wauneka (1918?97), one of the best-known Navajos of all time. A daughter of the popular Navajo leader Chee Dodge, Wauneka spent most of her early years herding sheep and raising nine children. After her father's death, she entered politics and was often the only woman on the Navajo Tribal Council during the quarter century that she served. Wauneka became a forceful and articulate advocate for Indian health care, education, and other issues, working both on the reservation and in the halls of Congress to improve the lives of the Navajos. Carolyn Niethammer draws on interviews with family and friends, speeches, and correspondence to offer an arresting and readable portrait of this complex Navajo woman. Wauneka's professional and personal triumphs and challenges?her temper was legendary?are rendered vividly, enabling readers to better appreciate the enduring accomplishments of the Navajos' Legendary Mother.
 

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Contents

An Illustrious Father
3
The Family Sheepherder
23
The Agonies of Stock Reduction
46
ON THE NAVAJO TRIBAL COUNCIL
69
A Battle against Tuberculosis
71
The Tuberculosis Campaign Intensifies
97
Alcoholism and Peyote
120
Awards and Acrimony
136
The NavajoHopi Conflict
180
More Washington Lobbying
189
The Final Term
203
THE POSTCOUNCIL YEARS
217
Traveling Near and Far
219
A Life Assessed
241
Notes
251
Bibliography
263

Overseeing Baby Contests and Student Protests
157
Cultural Clashes and Cultural Bridges
170

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Carolyn Niethammer is the author of American Indian Cooking: Recipes from the Southwest (Nebraska 1999) and Daughters of the Earth: The Lives and Legends of American Indian Women.

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