2008 National Conference » Speakers

Sara Begay

Sara Begay is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a life-long resident of the Navajo Reservation. She is presently a special education teacher at Chilchinbeto Community School, Inc. located near Monument Valley. Ms. Begay was born in a cabin on the family farm land in Rock Point, Arizona, and grew up herding sheep and learned the traditional role and responsibilities of a Navajo girl. After graduating from high school, she received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and her Master of Education in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Additionally, she received her Master of Arts in teaching special education from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M. Ms. Begay has been an educator for more than thirty-three years of which twenty-two years were devoted to classroom teaching, predominantly Navajo students. Her most rewarding experience was in teaching gifted students at Leupp Schools in Arizona who documented oral stories and history including the virtually unheard of Leupp Penal colony.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Sharing a Historic Space: African Americans, Native Americans, and Nikkei
Sara Begay
Martha Nakagawa, Journalist
Ruth Okimoto
Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall B & C, 3rd Floor
Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community