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50 Years Ago: ‘Daniel Boone’ visits Navajo Reservation

If you asked most elderly Navajos who are in their 60s and 70s and who went to Crownpoint Boarding School in 1965, what they may remember the most from that time is the day they got a chance to meet Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman.

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50 Years Ago: The modern era of Navajo politics begins

If you want to put a date on when modern Navajo politics began, a good date would be April 15, 1965.

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50 Years Ago: Oil spill fueled lots of jini

Navajo tribal officials, as well as a lot of people in northern Arizona and southern Utah had been worried for three weeks about a pipeline break that was spilling crude oil onto land near Lake Powell.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai wins another battle over Norman Littell

It’s not too often that you see a chairman of the Navajo Nation sued by someone who claims the tribe’s highest leader is interfering with his job.

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50 Years Ago: Shiprock community mourns loss of welfare advocate

The Navajo Times 50 years ago this week reported on the tragic death of Donald E. Cunningham who died in a fire in his rented attic apartment near the Shiprock Hotel on April 10.

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50 Years Ago: LBJ’s laws to increase Black voting also helped Navajo voting rights

Anyone over 15 in 1965 and watched or read news knew one of the major stories was U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his attempt to make it easier for Blacks in the South to vote.

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50 Years Ago: Basketball, Kit Carson made headlines in 1965

While the tribal government continued to see Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and members of the Old Guard on the Navajo Tribal Council duke it out in the political arena, something special was being planned for April Fools Day on the Navajo reservation.

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50 Years Ago: Farewell to Marshall Tome and efforts to legalize liquor on the reservation

It’s becoming very difficult for Navajo tribal members to keep track of who is in and who is out as far as high-ranking tribal officials are concerned.

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50 Years Ago: A small grant that would change life here forever

The article was about a grant given to the tribe for $920,000 – a fairly hefty amount in those days – but what no one knew at that time how that grant would change the lives of almost every person on the Navajo Reservation.

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50 Years Ago: Fight between tribal officials leads to two suspensions

The first week in March 1965 was a good news week for the Navajo Times.