Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences

Committee Chair(s)

Ethelwyn B. Wilcox


Margaret B. Merkeley


Ronald Peterson


Jay Skidmore


One day at the Intermountain Indian School, when a package of government surplus dry milk seemed to defy opening, a senior Navajo student offered her assistance anx easily opened the many boxes of milk. Upon inquiry, she said that she had opened many a box, especially in the springtime. She went on to say that most of their dry milk was used in the spring to feed baby lambs.

Later this same student told how her baby sister had died during the winter from something. The sister just seemed to get sick and then died. Could her death have been the result of an inadequate diet?

Interest in the diets of the Navajo students and their families was thus started. It has resulted in this educational study on how non-fat dry milk might be used and made acceptable to the Navajo. Thus, it would improve the eating habits and nutrition of these people.

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