The Impact of Coal Restrictions on the Navajo Nation

Arizona State Sen. Carlyle W. Begay (D-Ganado) was born on the Navajo Nation and he is Tó’tsohnii (Big Water), born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) clans. His maternal grandparents are Tl’izi lani (Many Goats clan). His paternal grandparents are also of the Tl’izi lani (Many Goats clan).  Senator Begay is a lifetime resident of Arizona and grew up on the Navajo Nation near Black Mesa and was raised under the teachings of his ancestry, instilling in him the importance of remembering the story of his people and carrying it on to his descendants.

Sen. Begay graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology and was a student in the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. After graduation, he continued his education and attended the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University earning a Master’s degree in Health Sector Management. He also attended the Arizona International College’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics program in Tucson, Arizona; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath’s Winter Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Public Health Studies program in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sen. Begay continues to work with organizations that seek to have more American Indians preparing for health professions to improve the quality of care provided for and by American Indians in Arizona. The senator currently serves as chairman of the Community Advisory Board to the Partnership for the Center of American Indian Resiliency (CAIR) at Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. The project integrates comprehensive research, training, and outreach to decrease health disparities found in Native American populations.

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