Ganado, AZ – The new2010 census shows a steady growth in the Native American population over the past ten years across the southwest. But the country's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region, actually saw its population shrink by 3 percent. In the final installment of our Fronteras series Sensing Change, Daniel Kraker (PR: CROCKER) visited the small reservation town of Ganado, Arizona, to find out where the people are going.
SFX1: bring up sound of bustling hallway at Ganado High School under track
Phoenix, AZ – This scene is a familiar one all across the region: A room full of high school students newly arrived in the US face a screen with pictures of clip art - apples and books, fans and fish - flashing in front of them.
"Hey what letter for apple? A! Computer: That's right."
Flagstaff, AZ – The run begins at the south rim, dips all the way down to the Colorado River climbs up to the north rim and then back again. It covers 42 miles and ascends roughly 11-thousand feet. Runners must brace themselves for the drastic temperature changes from the rim to the bottom. Nowhere else in the world can you run from the alpine environment to the desert in such a short amount of time.
Phoenix, AZ – A few weeks ago Kevin Earle was working quietly in his office at the Arizona Dental Association when a message arrived in his inbox that he found both startling and upsetting. The message was from another dentist, also upset - and all over one line in a document he'd attached, 82 pages long, detailing the health insurance plan for a consortium of school teachers and other public employees in Yuma.
Phoenix, AZ – The first time Mike Negle walked across the US-Mexico border, to Los Algodones - near Yuma, Arizona - he was immediately surrounded by salesmen who swore to him that they had the best price, the best deal, the best offer. They reminded Negle of hawkers who sold tomatoes or knock-off designer sunglasses. But these men weren't selling tomatoes or sunglasses. They were selling root canals.
Nadine Rodriquez – There are 10 students in Erin Sandoval's English Language Learners class.
The students are working on pronunciation, vocabulary and critical thinking. After their work is complete and graded, the students review their data folder to monitor their progress. This is Sandoval's teaching method at Goldwater High School in north Phoenix.
"We really use the idea of on going assessment. Knowing where they're going, where they're at where they need to be."