My name is Kali Begay.
I am of Black streak wood people clan (Tsi'naajinii), born for the towering house clan (kinyaa'aanii). The bitter water clan (Todich'ii'nii) are my maternal grandfather's clan. And the salt people clan ('Ashiihi) are my paternal grandfather's clan.
I'm known as "Doola" at home, which means bull in Navajo. I was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona on August 20, 1992. I'm a Native American. I can speak English and a little Navajo. I have three brothers and three sisters. I'm the fourth child in the family. My mother stays home and my step father works at Fort Defiance Indian hospital. I had a child at the age of 17.
I went to school in Sanders through K-9. I was a good student who went to school every day and turned in a lot of work. I started high school in Sanders, then I attended Window Rock. I hardly turned in work because I failed some of my subjects. Now I am taking online courses at SCOUTS P.R.I.D.E. to be able to graduate.
During one of the summer breaks, I was working at McDonald's in Window Rock. I got frustrated because the pay was too low. I quit after some time. I became a full-time mother to my daughter.
I plan to go to college at Texas University to study to become an Emergency Medical Technician. When I am finished, I plan to come back to Fort Defiance so I can get a job at the hospital. Also, I would like to buy a house for my daughter and family.
I feel frustrated with my life at present because I depend on my parents to support my daughter's needs. Hopefully in the future I can support my daughter's needs and my family for what they did for me when I was growing up.
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