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Nizhoni Ward, an eighth-grader at James Hart School in Homewood, stands out immediately from her peers. Her commitment to advocacy is striking, her passion palpable. While many 13-year-olds are obsessed with social media and their social life, Nizhoni is raising awareness to combat the erasure of indigenous people.   Nizhoni Ward is shown at the  Navajo Reservation with her  great-grandmother Nez  Bancroft, who is 98 and blind.  She recognized her great-  grandaughter by touch and  asked "Is this Nizhoni?"  in the Navajo language.  (Provided . . .

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