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50 Years Ago

50 years ago: Emergency crews scramble as major snowstorm hits rez

Old-timers on the Navajo Reservation, when asked about what they remember about 1967, will probably say the snowstorms. Snow began falling on the reservation about Dec. 10 and for the next few weeks that is all people could talk about as the snows lingered, trapping thousands of Navajo families in their homes because of road conditions.

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50 years ago: Navy Seabees consider rez for training base

Window Rock had some special visitors this week the Navajo Times said could be in the midst of changing life on the reservation for many Navajos.

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50 Years Ago: Traders treat customers with Thanksgiving dinner

It’s Thanksgiving season and, as in years past, Indian traders on the reservation are celebrating by having a special dinner for their customers, usually on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

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50 Years Ago: Gorman defends Rough Rock school

The Rough Rock Demonstration School has come under attack and Howard Gorman, one of the most respected members of the Navajo Tribal Council, has vowed to get to the bottom of the controversy.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai ponders possible candidacy of MacDonald

As 1967 was coming to a close, Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai began realizing he had a problem and that centered on the head of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity – Peter MacDonald Sr.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai: Good for people to know about budget

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai gave a left-handed compliment to the Navajo Times 50 years ago this week when he spoke to members of the Navajo Nation Council about the tribe’s finances.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai supports bill of rights but opposes national measure

Just a week after the Navajo Tribal Council approved a Navajo Bill of Rights, which was supported by the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai, he went on record as opposed to a national Indian Bill of Rights that a southern senator is trying to get Congress to pass.

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50 Years Ago: Debate over peyote in passage of bill of rights

Regardless of the fact that the Navajo Nation auditor general feels that there are too many tribal holidays, there are reasons why Oct. 9 should be an annual holiday on the Navajo Reservation.

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50 Years Ago: BIA worker takes over the Times

The headline on the front page of the Oct. 5 issue of the Navajo Times probably said it all: “Shiprock Fair Said Best in History.”

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50 Years Ago: Battle over peyote divides council

The 1967 Navajo Tribal Fair was held 50 years ago and the local media announced the following week that it was one of the goriest weekends for the reservation with five people dying and 29 injured in accidents on reservation roads.