Kayenta, Arizona

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Kayenta, a small town in Navajo Country, AZ, sits at the intersection of US Highways 160 (formerly Navajo Route 1) and 163 on the Navajo Nation, about 25 miles south of the iconic Monument Valley. The community was home to an early day school, a tuberculosis sanatorium that became an Indian Health Service hospital, and several trading posts. The Navajo call this community "Tó Dinéeeshzhee,” which means "Fringed Water" or "Fingers of Water." There have also been several archaeological digs and explorations based out of Kayenta.

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"Segnali (signs), August 8, 2006" by Marci Massel is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.