Birthplace of RECA
The widows of Red Valley pressed for uranium justice
By Cindy Yurth
(Editor's note: In an effort to chronicle the beauty and diversity of the Navajo Nation, as well as its issues, the Navajo Times has committed to visiting all 110 chapters in alphabetical order. This is the 69th in the series. Some information for this series is taken from the publication "Chapter Images" by Larry Rodgers)
RED VALLEY, Ariz., Jan. 16, 2014
(Times photo — Cindy Yurth)
There are many things to talk about at Red Valley Chapter: the stunning scenery, the uranium legacy, the new projects, the chapter house lovingly built by locals of hand-hewn native stone.
But when we visited last Thursday, the topic kept returning to basketball.
This is due in no small measure to the fact that the chapter president, Lee Zhonnie, is the head basketball coach at tiny Red Valley/Cove High School (student population at last count: 51).
Still, it's hard to overestimate the pride this little chapter, population 1,417 at the last Census, takes in its team.
The eight boys, most of whom double as the cross-country team in the fall, recently won the American Indian Classic Tournament at Rio Rancho -- in the first year they were part of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
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