50 Years Ago
There is a lot of speculation about why companies drilling for oil on the Navajo Reservation have imposed on themselves a ban on releasing any information to the public for six months about how much oil they are taking out of the ground.
Chet MacRorie had known for weeks that his days as editor of the Navajo Times were numbered but he said later that he was surprised that it was the Navajo Tribal Council and not the chairman of the tribe, Raymond Nakai, who gave him the pink slip.
Every few years there seemed to be a movement, either within the Navajo Tribal Council or from some Navajo group, to promote the cause of allowing liquor sales on the reservation.
The future Chairman of the Navajo Tribe, Peter MacDonald, took center stage in late March 1967 with his efforts to solve the problems of small businesses on the Navajo Reservation.
Fifty years ago, fewer than 10 percent of the tribal members who lived on the reservation had 9-to-5 jobs and got a regular salary.
Back in 1967, the Navajo people had a mixed relationship with the border towns that existed right outside their doorstep.
This was everything that Raymond Nakai believed being chairman would be.
Those tribal members who are 70 and over will surely remember the events that took place this week 50 years ago.