Al Henderson believes “It’s time for young people to take over.” Henderson may be the only Navajo with a master’s degree in economics. When he is not teaching economics and management courses at the University of New Mexico Gallup (N.M.) branch where he holds the title of Lecturer, he spends time helping other tribal members get into business and advocating on their behalf.
Henderson believes that the way to get young people involved is too: “ Give them hope and a role,” he said. “You do that by setting up a situation where they have a vested interested. Vested interest to participate and there would be a reward at the end. At this point, the people who have a vested interest are the people who have leases across the reservation.”