Native American (Navajo)
Heavy equipment operator
Born on the Navajo reservation near Shiprock, NM; deaf from ear infection at age 4. Briefly attended a hearing Indian school, then entered the New Mexico School for the Deaf in 1952 and left in 1958 because he had reached the school's maximum age. Worked for a while as a shoe repairman, then worked as a uranium miner in Utah 1960 until the mines closed in 1962. From 1964 until retirement in 1989, he operated heavy construction equipment on jobs within the Navajo Nation.
Step Into the Circle, p.210-212.
15 December 1934-