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Valarie Tom


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‘Rez’ Ghost Stories by Valarie Tom

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‘Rez’ Ghost Stories by Valarie Tom

The Ghost of Fort Lewis CollegeThe snow was a foot-high and crunched as I walked on it at the old Fort Lewis grounds in Southwest, Colorado. Students from our Native American Media wanted to produce a video telling the accurate history of our college. I was tasked with the...

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A Yellowstone Father’s Day

One bright summer afternoon in 2001 my 7 year-old son and I were standing on an overlook taking in the awesome and powerful beauty of the Lower Yellowstone Falls located in the Yellowstone National Park. Prior to stopping we enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of the mountains, forests, animals, landscapes...

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A Veterans Day Message

Many Native American teenagers are planning their future and want to make a difference—I believe that. The Native American people have—time and again—answered our nation’s call when it comes to serving in many capacities and that includes the call of service in the military. Many young women and will...
Valuing Family on Christmas

Valuing Family on Christmas

SHIPROCK—The holiday season brings memories of Christmases past and hopeful plans for the future. One particular Christmas I had serves as a reminder that this season is a time for families, giving back and thinking of others. For me, though, Christmas is especially wonderful because of the particular...
Homeless Bear the Heat in the Valley of the Sun

Homeless Bear the Heat in the Valley of the Sun

PHOENIX, ARIZONA—Late afternoon is usually when the Arizona sun is the hottest. The ground absorbs the heat and sweltering waves of heat immerge causing temperatures to soar amid the arid desert climate. While the vast majority of Maricopa County’s 4 million residents stay indoors, thousands of homeless transients seek...

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Graduation Time in Navajo Land

Thousands of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni students will graduate this month from high school. When a Native American student graduates from any educational institution, the entire family and community gets involved. It is a testament to the bounty of love a family has for students when you look at planning...

Tom: Remembering Cronkite

The recent passing of legendary journalist Walter Cronkite brought responses from those in the news industry the world over. Journalists from every outlet have offered words of admiration, praise and respect for him and his incredible accomplishments. For those of us in Arizona, we have a special fondness and closeness...