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50 Years Ago

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.

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50 Years Ago: Old Guard puts efforts toward getting rid of Nakai supporters

A purge is underway within the Navajo Tribe as the Old Guard — those who support former chairman Paul Jones – has begun a purge in an effort to get rid of the supporters of Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai.

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50 Years Ago: Navajo pay in 1965 – less than $50 a week

So just how much were Navajos making back in 1965? Not a lot.

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50 Years Ago: Program to replace Mexican workers with Navajos hits a few snags

A special project begun in January of 1965 to replace Mexicans working on farms in Yuma, Arizona with Navajos has hit a few snags.

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50 Years Ago: IRS finally agrees to allow deductions for ceremonies

This is tax season on the Navajo Reservation and although officials for the Internal Revenue Service report that less than five percent of Navajos file a federal income tax report, those that do will now be able to deduct expenses for Navajo ceremonies.

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50 Years Ago: Hopi traditionalists sue their tribal council

Back in the 1960s, the battle between the Hopi Tribal Council and traditionalists on the Hopi Reservation raged hot and heavy and Navajo Nation President Raymond Nakai kept in close contact with the traditionalists to win over their support for the Navajos in the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai goes to federal court to remove Norman Littell

The fight between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and the tribe’s general counsel, Norman Littell, continued in full force as 1965 began with the two battling it out in a federal court case held in Washington, D.C.