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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: NFPI – the Navajo Tribe’s greatest economic asset?

Fifty years ago, the Navajo Forest Products Industries was considered the tribe’s most successful enterprise.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Hearings held to confirm Bennett as commissioner on Indian Affairs

Of course, no one in Congress seriously considered granting the Navajo Tribe’s request but in hindsight, one had to wonder why the council even made the request.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Ceremonial paintings found; trusted aide returns

Fifty years ago this week, archaeologists had found paintings that they thought may provide some clues about changes over the centuries in Navajo ceremonies.

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50 years ago: Navajos debate going into the underwear business

It’s kind of interesting to note that the Navajo Nation is seeking millions of dollars from Urban Outfitters for the money they have made during the past three decades selling clothing inspired by Navajo designs.

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50 years ago: A new police chief brings changes in public safety

The new police chief for the Navajo Tribe is promising to make some sweeping changes to make the department more professional and to bring it up to the 20th century.

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50 years ago: Nakai – keeping supporters entertained while dealing with in-house politics

When people today think of the years Raymond Nakai served as chairman of the Navajo Tribe, many may have the impression that one of the reasons he would eventually lose his chairmanship to Peter MacDonald was because he couldn’t compete with MacDonald’s oratory skills.

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50 years ago: Wauneka challenges Nakai over motor pool

Navajo Nation Chairman Raymond Nakai continued to be hammered by the “Old Guard” in the Navajo Tribal Council and during the early part of February, 1966, the attack was headed by the only woman on the tribal council, Annie Wauneka.

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50 Years Ago: Congressional investigation has everyone wondering, concerned

When Navajo tribal leaders learned 50 years ago that Congress was going to investigate the tribe, no one knew what to say. So they said nothing.

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50 Years Ago: Council passes resolution trying to remove BIA from federal control

Long before there was any controversy about pro and college teams using racial Indian names as mascots, the Navajo Times kind of brought up that issue on its front page when it printed an article promoting the upcoming Navajo Invitational Tournament.

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50 Years Ago: The Old Guard takes a chance on the Times

Annie Wauneka, one of the most powerful political leaders on the Navajo Reservation in 1966, issued a statement exclusively to the Navajo Times in mid-January regarding her feeling that the tribal court system needed to be strengthen to ferret out what she saw was massive corruption within the tribal government,