The Johnson O'Malley Program Educational Plan is monitored by the Indian Education Committee (IEC) who solely works with the JOM Coordinator. The IEC are made up of parents of current students here at KUSD, one from each chapter of our school district: Kayenta, Shonto, Chilchinbeto, and Oljato.
Hooghan Bii’ Hozo
(“Hogan of Beauty”)
Enhancing, Perpetuating, and Celebrating
Diné Language and Culture
To save the Diné language and the Diné way of life.
The mission of Hozho Hooghan is to provide support and resources to students, parents, faculty, and staff in Kayenta and its surrounding communities for the enhancement, perpetuation, and celebration of the Diné language and the Diné way of life.
Hozho is the beating heart of the Diné people. Just as the sun is the center of our solar system, hozho lies at the center of our Diné way of life.
Our language, Diné bizaad, is a sacred gift from the Holy People. It is the life-blood of our culture and must be nurtured and protected.
In today’s world, many of our young people feel lost and confused. Too many find themselves wandering aimlessly between two worlds—the world of the Diné and the world of the bilagaana—uncertain of where they belong. Many of them ask, “What makes me Diné, and why is that so important?”
At Hozho Hooghan, we help our young people find answers to these vital questions. We do this by creating and supporting programs to safeguard the Diné language.
We do this by providing activities, classes, and workshops to teach them about Diné history and the Diné way of life. We teach them about Diné values and the powerful clan system that unites us all as family. We teach them about the power and importance of hozho.
With hozho, our children will be able to walk in beauty in both worlds. With hozho in their hearts and in their minds and in their spirits, they will live in peace, beauty, and harmony. They will be able to succeed wherever they go at whatever they do.
Like the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, they will be able to travel beyond the mesas and the Four Sacred Mountains and use our Diné language and our Diné way of life for personal protection and for the benefit of all.
Hozho is our anchor. Hozho is our heart. Hozho is our home. Hozho is life