Navajo man was devoted stay-at-home father

PORTRAITS FROM THE PANDEMIC

Three years ago, Lewis Kai was a different man. At that time, before he met his wife, Kai was involved in drugs and alcohol.

His wife, Christina James, said they met while she worked as a transport driver on the Navajo Nation. Although he was persistent, she told him she was uncomfortable because she had six kids.

So he promised to quit, and he kept that promise for their entire relationship.

“It kind of seemed like we picked each other up along the way,” she said.

Kai, Navajo, was from Pinon, Arizona, and had nine children with James, including Kai’s daughter, James’ six children and two who were adopted from her ex-husband’s family. Kai died from COVID-19 in May.

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