KAYENTA, AZ – The Fort Lewis College Alumni Association announced last month that seven Fort Lewis College Alumni and employees will receive alumni awards. Award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet at 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in the Student Union Ballroom during Homecoming weekend.
Director of Alumni Relations, Chris Aaland (’91) said, “All of our award winners have shaped the future of this college and their respective communities throughout their careers.”
Richard Mike graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology. Today, he owns numerous Burger King restaurants and a Hampton Inn hotel on the Navajo Nation. By his own people and community, he is considered one of the top business leaders.
Richard is the son of the legendary Navajo Codetalker King Mike. In 1990, Richard Mike built his own Navajo Codetalker museum inside the Kayenta Burger King commemorating the role the Navajo Codetalkers played in the Pacific Theater in World War II. A similar museum is displayed at the Hampton Inn in Kayenta.
Mr. Mike lives in Kayenta, Arizona and travels throughout the Navajo Nation to manage his businesses. “Looking back on my days at Fort Lewis, I think about Michael Nelson (who owns Navajo Westerners, True Value, and Church’s Chicken), Waylon LaFont (NAPA Auto Parts, Wetherill Inn, Gouldings Lodge owner) and myself – I wonder how we all went to the same college and ended up living in the same place!” he says, laughing.
Commissioner Richard Mike has also been a member of the Kayenta Township Commission since its inception in August 1996.