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Improving Lives in Indian Country

Working in Indian Country, we understand that improving its infrastructure requires imagination, diligence and persistence. The innovative educational program at the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Alternative School faced numerous challenges and setbacks due to its crumbling campus. Rusty water, inadequate heating, cooling and safety systems, a lack of gymnasium and cafeteria facilities, and impossibly small classrooms were some of its woes. In 1992, Hobbs Straus prepared a new school construction application for the Shiprock School Board. The application achieved top placement in the competition that year and finally enabled Shiprock to be on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) construction priority list. In 2000, Shiprock obtained $26.9 million from Congress to construct an entirely new school. Now, Shiprock students learn in a state-of-the-art campus that boasts more than 125,000 square feet of educational space, extensive technology, and two Navajo culture classrooms. 

Hobbs Straus helps tribes turn the tide for chronically under-funded tribal schools. Moreover, we are advocates for legislation that improves the operation and funding for critical social service initiatives. Our strong Washington, D.C. presence allows us to build relationships crucial to strengthening programs for Indian health, education, child welfare, housing, and community development. By addressing these social needs that continue to plague Indian communities, we assist tribes in obtaining a higher quality of life for their members.

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