These rhythms and traditional songs are incorporated
organically into her work. Her poetry is rooted in the
remote mesa country of the Navajo reservations; she does
not ignore the problems of modern urban Indians--alcoholism,
poverty, racism. Her poems untie these harsh realities
with the harmony of vision so important to her Navajo
worldview. From 2000 on, she was based in Tucson at the University of Arizona where she directed the program in Native American Studies. In 2009, she moved back to the University of New Mexico, where she was educated, retiring from there in 2016 to write full-time.