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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Chairman, council feud continues

As 1964 ended, the one thing that most tribal members could agree on was that the Navajo tribal government was in a crisis mode and 1965 did not promise to be any different.

Election 2014

No indication on new election date

As of noon Tuesday, there still was no indication when the Navajo voters will be going to the polls to select a new president for the Navajo Nation.

Police Blotter

Wife accused of stabbing husband

A domestic violence incident in Gallup on Dec. 18 sent one Window Rock man to Gallup Indian Medical Center while his wife of two months went to county jail, accused of stabbing him.


WR board votes to end Jackson-Dennison’s contract

The Window Rock Unified School District Monday voted to terminate its contract with its superintendent, Deborah Jackson-Dennison. The vote was unanimous.

Election 2014

9 chapters to vote for Council delegates

Nine chapters will be going to the polls on Tuesday to elect Council delegates.

Election 2014

Dueling opinions issued on lack of presidential election

In an election year where nothing has been normal, there are now conflicting opinions as to what will happen on Jan. 13 when Ben Shelly’s term as president expires.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: BIA prepares to step in

Documents that were released just before Christmas of 1964 indicated that if the Navajo Tribal Council hadn’t taken steps to deal with the tribe’s growing financial crisis, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was prepared to step in and do something.


Nez, chief hearing officer, fired by Shelly

Richie Nez, who has been the chief hearing officer for the Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals since it was created, was removed from office by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly this week.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Council strips Nakai of power

The tension between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and the old guard on the Navajo Tribal Council had been growing in recent weeks but what the Council did on Dec. 19, 1964, came as a surprise to everyone.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Council tables traffic code

A major debate went on within the Navajo Tribal Council a half century ago over traffic laws on the Navajo Reservation. Or more to the point, not enough traffic laws.