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Nikki Cooley is a member of the Navajo Nation. She is from Shonto and Blue Gap, Arizona and is the first Navajo woman to be licensed as a full-time commercial river guide in Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by Deidra Peaches, courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust)

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Nikki Cooley, a Diné woman from Shonto and Blue Gap, Arizona, grew up herding sheep and planting corn with her grandparents. She had never considered river guiding as a career until a friend invited her on a river trip as an assistant.

By Sarana Riggs, Grand Canyon Trust May 26, 2020
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