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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Council votes 61-0 to allow construction of manufacturing plant near Shiprock

Something happened on January 8, 1965 that had not happened once during the two years Raymond Nakai had been chairman of the tribe – the Navajo tribal Council voted unanimously on a resolution.

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50 Years Ago: Chairman, council feud continues

As 1964 ended, the one thing that most tribal members could agree on was that the Navajo tribal government was in a crisis mode and 1965 did not promise to be any different.

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50 Years Ago: BIA prepares to step in

Documents that were released just before Christmas of 1964 indicated that if the Navajo Tribal Council hadn’t taken steps to deal with the tribe’s growing financial crisis, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was prepared to step in and do something.

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50 Years Ago: Council strips Nakai of power

The tension between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and the old guard on the Navajo Tribal Council had been growing in recent weeks but what the Council did on Dec. 19, 1964, came as a surprise to everyone.

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50 Years Ago: Council tables traffic code

A major debate went on within the Navajo Tribal Council a half century ago over traffic laws on the Navajo Reservation. Or more to the point, not enough traffic laws.

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50 Years Ago: Audit haunts Nakai

People who saw the front page of the Dec. 17, 1964, issue of the Navajo Times probably thought at first that the administration had finally gotten its act together and managed to bring economic development onto the reservation.

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50 Years Ago: First Diné doctor hired

Something happened in late November 1964 that would have a profound effect on the lives of every member of the Navajo Tribe at that time and for the future.

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50 Years Ago: Hopi’s lawyer hits pot of gold

There had been a lot of stories over the past two years in the paper about Robert Littell, the general counsel of the Navajo Tribe who had come under attack

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50 Years Ago: Feud between Nakai, Littell continues

The battle between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and Norman Littell, the tribe’s general counsel, continues.

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50 Years Ago: 2 Diné elected to Legislature

It was a presidential election year and after numerous articles about Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson, the election issue of the Navajo Times tackled the big issues of the day.