National Geographic : 1991 Aug
CALVIN BAHE CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT He decided to teach his sons to box. Then their friends got interested, and now Calvin Bahe, here training his son Johnny, runs a boxing club. His 15 kids come from as far away as Kayenta, Ari zona, a 120-mile drive. Along with advice on left hooks, Cal, a Park Service law officer, and his wife, Judy, a social worker, counsel the kids on drug and alcohol problems. "Boxing gives them self-esteem," Cal says. This year one star pupil made it to national competitions, the first Navajo to do so. The Bahes are proud NationalPark Service at 75 of their champ, and of the kids' per sonal victories as well. One teen lost his father and in grief turned to drugs. "He worked it out with us," says Judy. Canyon de Chelly, where prehistoric Indians built dwellings in sandstone cliffs, is on Navajo tribal land, but the Park Service administers the monu ment. Cal must uphold the law but be sensitive to his Navajo community. As visitors to parks increase, so does crime. Last year the Park Service recorded 1,683 arrests for serious crimes.