Wakanyeja (“Sacred Little Ones”) is funded for five years and is intended to:
Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz is the new program administrator.
Tarajean, who is Navajo, will continue her “lifetime of work—in both research and practice—focused on the ways in which teachers incorporate language and culture in the education of Native children,” says an AICF press release.
Tarajean was born on the Navajo Reservation and educated in Navajo schools and a Quaker boarding school. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and education psychology at Arizona State University. She then earned her doctorate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Learning and Teaching.
Yazzie-Mintz has received many professional awards and honors; earned four competitive grants and fellowships; has presented at more than 40 scholarly meetings and symposia; and has been published in 22 scholarly publications focusing on education.
Her parents—Albert A. Yazzie and Bessi B. Yazzie—are both Navajo educators.