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AISES PEOPLE

EARLSON
BEGAY

E

arlson
Begay's
quiet
confidence
is probably
his most
prominent
character
trait. "I may be shy, but I
think that my shyness has
helped me. I've met just the
right number of people, and
I'm glad I met some people
and didn't meet others," he
says when asked about which
qualities have contributed to
his success. It's clear that
Begay sees a rich world
around him interconnected
with the people who support
his achievements.
Begay, Navajo and
White Mountain Apache,
spent his childhood on the
Fort Apache Reservation in
Whiteriver, Ariz. He speaks
fondly of where he grew
up, noting that with its
forests, lakes, and nearby
ski resorts, the land is a
destination for people who
love to be outdoors. For

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since I was in diapers." Both
his mother's passion and his
early exposure to the EPO's
inner workings seeded his
interest in water quality and
water rights. Now, Begay
aspires to major in
environmental sciences and
civil engineering.
But the path to college
has not been easy. "My
biggest obstacle was myself,"
he says. "I was lazy about
my grades early on." But it
was Begay's love of learning,
his determination, and
lessons from his father that
helped amp up his drive to
do his best.
Begay has always been a
builder - and not just of his
future. The
construction site of
his family's current
WHITE MOUNTAIN
house turned out to
APACHE
be a teaching
At home in eastern Arizona
ground for some
on ancestral lands that
important lessons
include the 11,400-foot
elevation of Mount Baldy,
from his father. Early
members of the White
in Begay's life, his
Mountain Apache Tribe
father fell ill and was
experience all four seasons.
put on medical leave

Begay, a key characteristic of
where he grew up is the water
and his tribe's role in its
management. "It's still one of
the only tribes that controls
our own water rights," he
says. Water, especially its
accessibility and quality,
drives Begay's future plans.
From the time Begay
was a young child, his
parents were instrumental
in instilling the qualities
that have shaped his
character. His mother is a
program director in the
reservation's Environmental
Protection Office (EPO).
"Everyone in the office
knows me," says Begay. "I've
been spending time there

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