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Belagana-Belazana: An Outsider’s Quest in the Navajo Nation Terry Winetsky

A small Navajo town and a school filled with students with learning disabilities is the setting for this novel. Hired as an English as Second Language teacher, Sean learns that the dynamics of his job and the requirements have been changed. No longer teaching English he is now the PE teacher and the counselor for the dormitory and in charge of many of the staff. His assistant, Leonard, speaks the language and seems to have problems dealing with the bureaucratic end of things, the cultural differences and how to best help the students. Taking a tour of the school he learns about the limited funds, the fact that he is now the coach of all of the teams and that everything is not what he expected it to be. He also learns that the students are at times difficult and some…

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