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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Navajos honor the first victim of the Vietnam War in 1965

The Navajo Times reported this week 50 years ago the death of Marine Lance Corporal Alvin Chester, who would be recognized as the first Navajo to be killed in action in Vietnam on July 6.

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50 Years Ago: WR police building 50 years old; A rape gets a lot of attention

It’s probably something no one wants to celebrate but this month the Window Rock police and court building will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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50 Years Ago: Nevada official’s death remains a mystery

It was a mystery that would play out in the Navajo Times throughout the summer, fall and winter of 1965 – just what happened to Delbert Howard?

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50 Years Ago: The way it really was back in the 1960s

If you are over 70 and lived on or near the Navajo Reservation in the 1960s, you probably remember vividly the turmoil that occurred during the first administration of Raymond Nakai’s two-term administration, which ran from about March 1963 to March 1967.

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50 Years Ago: Times the most read newspaper on the Nation

The Navajo Times reported 50 years ago this week that the Navajo Revolving Credit Program had expanded it services to Tuba City, Shiprock and Crownpoint with plans over the next two years to set up sub offices in Chinle and Fort Defiance.

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50 Years Ago: Navajo officials find out about secret clause in Peabody contract

It’s an issue that would dominate headlines in area newspapers for the next 30 years – opposition to coal-mining activities underway by the Peabody Coal Company in their mining of coal in the Kayenta and Black Mesa areas of the reservation.

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50 Years Ago: Navajo rejects idea of per-capita payments

It’s a question that seems to come up every few years – why doesn’t the Navajo Nation share some of its wealth with its members like other tribes do?

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50 Years Ago: Directors upset at Nakai cuts and plans to hold a chicken pull

There’s a lot of important people in the Navajo tribe who are really, really upset this week at Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai.

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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.