Tsosie, William U.S. Army

ARIZONA, Chinle – Funeral services were held for WILLIAM TSOSIE, 92, in Chinle Arizona. He was born July 24, 1917, in the area known as Coyote Springs. He passed away November 19, 2009.

In his youth, William dressed in breechcloths and bucksking leggings until a BIA agent yanked him off his horse and dragged him to school. From that day forward he was christened William Tsosie. After completing elementary school in Chinle, Arizona, William went on to Fort Wingate High School, where he excelled in sports in spite of his small stature. He competed on the school’s basketball, baseball and boxing teams, and continued to play basketball with local adult leagues well into his 30s. After graduating high school, he worked briefly as a lineman until he was drafted into the Army. William ended up in Normandy for the D-Day invasion, was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. Tsosie respresented Chinle on the Navajo Nation Council from 1981-1985, afterward serving consecutive terms as chapter president and vice president.  He was an advocate of rural families, and got many utility lines extended into remote areas of the chapter. He’s also responsible for securing the funding for the present Chinle Chapter House. In addition to his political involvements, Tsosie worked as a Navajo Nation Police officer and later a substance abuse counselor. (Navajo Times, December 10, 2009)

 

 

 

 

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