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A former teacher’s discrimination lawsuit claims federal funds for American Indian instruction were misused at a southern Utah school

A Navajo language teacher is alleging racial discrimination after she was fired from Blanding Elementary School, which she says misused federal funds designated for American Indian heritage instruction. The school’s principal also asked teacher Maryleen Tahy whether she was trying to “become a white man” because of a medical condition that causes pale marks on her skin, according to a lawsuit Tahy filed this week in federal court. San Juan School District officials did not immediately return a call for comment.

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