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Navajo Portraits by Justin Merriman

1.) Clayton Long, 65, at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. 2.) Tiana Sam, 16, Miss Blue Mountain Unity Princess 2017-18, photographed at San Juan High School on October 3, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "It's important to me to save our culture and language because I'm full Navajo. Its important to pass it on to the next generation," says Sam. 3.) Marion Sequaptewa, 16, holds her great grandfather's ceremonial basket, as she is photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "My Grandpa always tells me I'm not a true Navajo if I don't speak the language," she says. "It's important to me because other tribes are forgetting their language. I don't want my tribe to forget ours." 4.) Demarian Benally, 14, photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. Banally says, "It is important to me to save Navajo language and protect our tradition. Our culture will be stronger and others will be able to learn it." 5.) Syiera Tsosie, 14, at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "I grew up with Navajo. My mom taught me like her mother did. Navajo is passed down. Today many families are losing their traditional ways." 6.) Charlotta Lacy, a teacher at San Juan High School is photographed on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. 7.) Claramae Armajo, 14, photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "My great grandmother used to speak to me in Navajo. I'm very thankful that she and my grandma taught me." 8.) Esperanzo Lee, 16, holds her Navajo flute, as she is photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "It's a good thing to keep our culture and language alive. It's something we need to keep going for our youth. It brings happiness to our elders that we can share and show our culture is still here," says Lee.

The Rev Michael Stumpf by Justin Merriman

To read more visit the story in the Guardian.

Ivanka Trump by Justin Merriman

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump joins with Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon as they meet with small business owners in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Read more about Ivanka's visit at the Washington Examiner

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Justin Merriman

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the federal courthouse on Grant Street on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Sessions stopped at the U.S. attorney's office as part of his nationwide tour of U.S. attorney's offices. During the visit Sessions announced the development of J-CODE, which stands for the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team, a new approach to combating "dark web" opioid and drug networks.  Read more about Sessions' visit to Pittsburgh at the Washington Examiner

Mayor John Fetterman by Justin Merriman

John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania sits at The Brew Gentlemen on January 10, 2018 in Braddock, Pa. Read more about Fetterman in October Magazine.  

Grant Irwin by Justin Merriman

Grant Ervin, Pittsburgh's chief resilience officer, is leading the city's new plan to address climate change. Read more about Pittsburgh's climate change plans at  PublicSource . 

Grant Ervin, Pittsburgh's chief resilience officer, is leading the city's new plan to address climate change. Read more about Pittsburgh's climate change plans at PublicSource

Esther's Hobby Shop by Justin Merriman

Bob Mehler, 87, works in his business, Esther's Hobby Shop, on October 31, 2017 in Millvale, Pa. Mehler has worked in the store since he was a young boy. "I guess you can say I literally grew up in the store," he said. Read more about the hobby shop in the Washington Examiner

John James by Justin Merriman

Detroit businessman and Iraq war veteran, John James, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 in Detroit, Mich. Read more about John James rise in Michigan in the Washington Examiner

iPhone Photography by Justin Merriman

A collection of recent iPhone images. 

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao by Justin Merriman

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao poses for a portrait at the University of Michigan's North Campus' MCity, a full-scale simulated city test course for autonomous vehicles, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks with people at the University of Michigan's North Campus' MCity, a full-scale simulated city test course for autonomous vehicles, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

A computer screen shows software that allows an autonomous vehicle to travel a road course at University of Michigan's North Campus' MCity on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks at the University of Michigan's North Campus' MCity, a full-scale simulated city test course for autonomous vehicles, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao visits the University of Michigan's North Campus' MCity, a full-scale simulated city test course for autonomous vehicles, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Read more about the secretary's visit at the Washington Examiner.