Native American Authors
Annie Dodge Wauneka, 1910-1997
Annie Dodge Wauneka was born in the Navajo Nation near Sawmill, Arizona. Wauneka’s father was the first elected chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council after the tribe adopted the constitutional form of government. Wauneka was raised bilingual, with an emphasis on tribal tradition. She was the first woman elected to the Tribal Council. She earned her B.S. in Public Health from the University of Arizona and used this education to help the Navajo people. Wauneka was active in the Navajo Tribal Council Health Committee, and hosted a biweekly radio show on KGAK in Gallup. She also served as a board member of the National Tuberculosis Association and was appointed to the Surgeon General’s Advisory Board. She died on November 10, 1997.
Awards and Honors
1.Arizona State Public Health Assoc.’s Outstanding Worker in Public Helath Award, 1959
2. Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1963
Online resources by or about Annie Dodge Wauneka:
Annie Dodge Wauneka (1910 – 1997)
Author: Harrison Lapahie Jr.
Description: An extensive biography of Wauneka.
Books by Annie Dodge Wauneka:
Wauneka, Annie Dodge. The dilemma for Indian women
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