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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: IRS finally agrees to allow deductions for ceremonies

This is tax season on the Navajo Reservation and although officials for the Internal Revenue Service report that less than five percent of Navajos file a federal income tax report, those that do will now be able to deduct expenses for Navajo ceremonies.

Election 2014

Election office waiting for ruling by Supreme Court on election issue

Briefs filed in the last week before the Navajo Supreme Court by a number of parties, including Dale Tsosie, Hank Whitethorne and the Navajo Election Administration are all encouraging the court to order that the special election for tribal president be held as soon as possible.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Hopi traditionalists sue their tribal council

Back in the 1960s, the battle between the Hopi Tribal Council and traditionalists on the Hopi Reservation raged hot and heavy and Navajo Nation President Raymond Nakai kept in close contact with the traditionalists to win over their support for the Navajos in the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute.


Shelly to continue as president

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly met with some members of the Navajo Nation Council Thursday to clarify his continued role as president and address other pressing issues.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Nakai goes to federal court to remove Norman Littell

The fight between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and the tribe’s general counsel, Norman Littell, continued in full force as 1965 began with the two battling it out in a federal court case held in Washington, D.C.

Election 2014

Supreme Court sets dates to hear new election complaint

The possibility of a special election to elect a new tribal president in January is now history.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Sam Billison removed from public service director position

So what were Navajos talking about as 1965 began? Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t the fight between the Old Guard and supporters of the current chairman, Raymond Nakai. It wasn’t even

Election 2014

Tsosie, Whitethorne want election held this month

The most convoluted election in the history of the Navajo Nation took another twist Monday.

Election 2014

Shelly, Jim take oath of office

Surrounded by friends, family and staff members, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Navajo Vice-President Rex Lee Jim took the oath of office for the second time in a brief ceremony held in the stateroom in the president’s office.

Election 2014

Shelly signs bills for new special presidential election and reinstatement of election board

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will continue to serve as president until a new president is elected.