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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Ft. Defiance played a role in Diné history

As the Navajo Times prepared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Long Walk in June, the paper gave its readers a front page story on the historical importance of Fort Defiance to the history of the Navajo people.

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50 years ago: Letters section allows a voice for complaints

If you were a reader of the Navajo Times in 1968, you may have noticed a major change in the paper that showed for the first time that the paper was giving Navajos a voice to air their concerns.

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50 years ago: Traders prohibited from hiring non-Indians

The Advisory Committee for the Navajo Tribal Council passed a resolution this week that has gotten Indian traders on the reservation in an uproar and has surprised a lot of BIA officials.

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50 years ago: Officials criticize CBS documentary

As Sarah Ann Johnson, the former Miss Navajo and current Miss Indian America, continued her tour back east promoting a CBS documentary on Indian America, officials here on the Navajo Reservation were sharply criticizing the program.

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50 Years Ago: Miss Indian America makes the front page

Back in the 1960s, the Navajo Times had a thing for Sarah Ann Johnson, the Piñon, Arizona, native who in 1967 was selected to be Miss Indian America.

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50 years ago: Church plans new college, but offers no details

Just weeks after it was announced that the Navajo Reservation would get its first community college comes a story about the second community college to be established.

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50 Years Ago: Plummer begins 20-plus years as head of BIA’s Eastern Agency

The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced this week that Edward O. Plummer has been named the agency superintendent for the Eastern Agency.

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50 Years Ago: Alcoholism Committee head against liquor sales on rez

While other tribes have allowed liquor sales on their reservations and it has worked out well for them, it wouldn’t work here on the Navajo Reservation, said Benjamin Hogue.

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50 years ago: Medicine men note fewer apprentices

It turned out that 1968 and 1969 were watershed years in the history of Navajo culture.

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50 years ago: Navajos flood corporate trade school

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai was a big believer in education, but he realized that for many Navajos the answer did not reside in a college education but in an education that would provide them with a decent living in the service industry.