The word "Borrego" comes from the Spanish word for "Little Lamb", the Navajo translation is "Dibe Yazhi". In the early 1950s the Bureau of Indian Affairs established a boarding school in the area, which was know as Borrego Pass School. Over the years the community people translated the name into "Dibe Yazhi Habitiin Olta". The initial school started out as a boarding school, later become a day school, a Contract School under P.L. 93-638 and finually to its present status as a Grant School under P.L. 100-297 through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Borrego Pass School is located at the base of a 7,500 feet mountain pass near the crest of the Continental Divide in the mid western part of New Mexico off of Interstate 40. The nearest municipalities include Gallup, NM approximately 65 miles west, and Grants, NM approximately 55 miles southeast. The school is a small rural K-8 educational institution with a Native American student population of 212 the primary language being Navajo. All of the students are transported to the school campus on a daily bases from the Navajo Chapter communities of Casamero Lake and Littlewater. The school has a total of 60 staff members both certified, non-certified, and classified individuals.
The Board of Director for Dibe Yazhi Habitiin Olta, Inc. a non-profit corporation is the Governing Board for the school. The Governing Board, administrative staff, and school staff are dedicated to providing quality educational services to the children from the communities of Littlewater, Casamero Lake, Mariano Lake, Baca, Crownpoint and Smith Lake,
Dibe Yazhi Habitiin Olta Inc dba Borrego Pass School is a Native American organization
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