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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Medicine man murdered because of ‘hexing’

It was a tragedy of unbelievable proportions, according to one tribal police official — the murder of a Navajo medicine man.


Survey shows majority want larger Council

Eight years after the Navajo people voted to reduce the size of the Navajo Nation Council from 88 to 24 members, a lot of tribal members are apparently unhappy with the way things have turned out.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Hippies raise ire of Nakai

Back in the 1960s, it was big news when a long-time trader on the Navajo Reservation died so it was no surprise when the Navajo Times put the news of Rueben Heflin’s passing on the front page of the August 24, 1967, issue.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: A visit to the fair by U.S. vice president

The White House confirmed this week that U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey would indeed be attending the Navajo Tribal Fair on Friday, Sept. 9.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago – Delegate: Close Navajo Inn

The Navajo Tribal Council Delegate Albert Ross told the governor of New Mexico, David Cargo, that he was sick and tired of watching his relatives die because of alcohol abuse.


St. Mike’s chapter prez to fight recall group

Janis Damon said this past weekend she plans to fight efforts by a group of disgruntled members of her chapter who want to force her out of office.

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50 Years Ago: Couple drives from Utah with deceased son

It was, to say the least, a first for the Gallup Police Department when a Navajo couple drove up to police headquarters on July 30, 1967, and told them the body of their nine-year-old son was in the back seat of their car.


NHA: 81 new homes in fiscal year 2018

Officials for the Navajo Housing Authority announced Wednesday the agency has received confirmation from HUD that it will receive $84.9 million in housing funds from the federal government for this fiscal year.

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50 Years Ago: Udall: Tax like the Zunis

It’s not very often that federal officials say the Navajo Tribe would do well by watching what another tribe is doing.


Negotiations on track to get 1868 treaty here

A representative from the National Archives is expected to visit Window Rock next month and if everything goes well, the tribe should get final approval to display the last known original copy of the Treaty of 1868 in time for the 150th anniversary of its signing next year.