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Navajo woman makes mark at council speaker's office

Karen Francis jumped at the chance to work for Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan even though she hadn't worked in tribal politics before.

Francis, a May 2003 graduate in journalism and philosophy at the University of New Mexico, now says she wouldn't trade her job for anything. "After I graduated college I just knew I wanted to come back and help my people," she tells The Gallup Independent.

Francis, who was the first in her family to finish college, admits she doesn't have much personal time, since her schedule is dominated by events and meetings. She says Morgan hasn't made up his mind whether to run for president of the Navajo Nation.

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Labor of Love (The Gallup Independent 3/21)

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