|Written by Mrs. Lolita Paddock|
|Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:20|
Historical Summary of Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory
Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory was built in 1958 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and it originally housed 300 students in two dormitories, kindergarten through high school. The students were housed in large open wings with bunkbeds arranged in close proximity. Students were enrolled in various Flagstaff Unified School District schools such as Flagstaff High School, Marshall School and South Beaver School. In the late 1960s, some students were bused to Coconino and some were bused to Flagstaff High School. The Kinlani dorm has since stopped taking students in elementary school. By the late 1970s, the last of the students who had stayed at the dormitory from kindergarten through high school graduated. Today, the 120 students only attend Flagstaff High School.
A $7 million dollar new dormitory is now at the Kinlani campus opened in 2008, with a capacity for 160 high school Native American students. The dorm rooms are college style with two students in each room and a shared bathroom with the next room. Students come from all over the rural Navajo Nation, the Hopis, the Havasupais, Tohono Odham and other Native students in Arizona. The new facility was built under the direction of Mr. James Kimery, then principal of Kinlani Dormitory in 2003, when the project was approved from the BIA. Many students remember him for his kind leadership and few might remember him for his leadership in building a brand new state of the art dormitory for Native American students, who otherwise would not have access to the excelling Flagstaff High School.
Past students who have attended Flagstaff Dormitory are Ms. Lena Fowler, Coconino Board of Supervisors Chair, Mr. Walter Phelps, Navajo Nation Council Delegate for Leupp, Cameron and Coalmine chapters, and the current Kinlani Dorm CEO, Mrs. Lolita Paddock. Students are geared toward pursuing a college career and they are encouraged to apply for scholarships early in high school. They are encouraged to keep their grade point averages (GPAs) above 2.8. Last school year, the majority of the dorm students were making the honor roll. They are recognized and rewarded for maintaining high GPAs and making the honor roll. Some students like Miss Dook'oo'oslííd are taking courses from the Coconino Community College and receiving college credits.
Students are required to wake up at 5:30 a.m., clean their rooms, do a public detail such as vacuuming the common rooms or taking out the trash. They eat breakfast by 7:00 a.m. and are off walking to Flagstaff High School by 7:30 a.m. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk to school. They may stay weekends if they desire, except for holiday weekends and the Winter Break. All students attend mandatory study hall at the high school for an extra hour and a half, then they are also required to attend study hall at the dorm.
There is a Student Council whose officers just recently attended the National Indian Education Association Youth Day in Albuquerque. Students also have the Soul Society and the Club Club for planning and organizing student activities. Health services are provided by the Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Nizhoni Project for college preparation, NAU's Kinlani for Community (KFC) who is helping the students raise money for t a river rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, Coconino County Health Education, the NAU Kinlani Dental Hygiene Grant, and other resources. The dorm's 21st Century Program provides four tutors to help them at study hall and a behavioral health counselor to address individual needs.
Ahéhee' Submitted Respectfully, Lolita Paddock, M.Ed., CEO of Kinlani Dorm 11-01-2011
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 13:59|