BIRDSPRINGS-Howard Shanker, a declared Democratic Congressional candidate who is running for the seat currently held by Rick Renzi, was a guest speaker at the Little Singer Junior High School eighth grade graduation in Bird Springs on the Navajo Nation. In his address, Shanker encouraged the students to persevere, even when times seem tough. Shanker also emphasized that the students should be proud of their accomplishments, of who they are, and of what they have to offer.
According to Shanker, "Whether the graduates went on to become ranchers, soldiers, teachers, doctors, or lawyers, they need to remember the importance of traditional Native American values that focus on respect for the earth, nature, elders and each other."
Shanker explained that the students "not only have to learn and understand these lessons, but it is up to them, as future leaders, to bring that same message to the rest of the country, so we don't continue on the path of waste, destruction, and disrespect."
In his speech, Shanker paid his respects and offered condolences to the family, friends and community of Sgt. Christopher Gonzalez, the Navajo Nation's most recent fallen soldier in Iraq. Shanker acknowledged and thanked Sgt. Gonzalez and all the other Navajo and Native American warriors for their great sacrifice, devotion to duty and bravery.
From Little Singer Junior High School, Shanker accompanied Navajo Nation Council Delegate Thomas Walker to a meeting of Navajo veterans at the Bird Springs Chapter House. Shanker, the attorney who represented the Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache and others in a case that stopped the use of reclaimed wastewater on the sacred San Francisco Peaks, was warmly received by the crowd of veterans. Shanker had the opportunity to speak to the veterans about his own father, a WWII veteran, and his experiences with the Veteran's Administration.
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