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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Solving the water problem for Navajo and Gallup

You could say that the birth of the idea for the Navajo-Gallup Water Pipeline began with a letter that was sent to Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai on December 10, 1965.

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50 Years Ago: Giving Navajo youth power and remembering a Navajo casualty of the Vietnam War

There is no historic record on who came up with the idea, but it appears that sometime in early or mid-1960, someone in the Bureau of Indian Affairs got the idea on how to change the future for the Navajo Tribe.

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50 Years Ago: VISTA sets new rules; BIA vacates Gallup

There was a distinct fear by Navajo tribal officials that the rape in early 1965 of a 19-year-old VISTA volunteer who was living in a hogan on the Navajo Reservation would seriously affect the operations of the program not only on the Navajo reservation but in the other reservations in the state as well.

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50 Years Ago: The move to a new type of tribal election

If you asked the high-ranking officials for the Navajo Tribe and the Navajo Tribal Council back in November 1965 what the most important thing going on that month, practically no one would say trying to bring peace between the Old Guard and the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai.

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50 Years Ago: Rumors spread about removal of BIA superintendent and bootlegging

There have been reports in the media this week that Glenn Landbloom may not be in his job much longer.

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50 Years Ago: Council delegate blames rape of Vista volunteer on ONEO

The future tribal chairman of the Navajo Nation spent most of November, 50 years ago, in a media war with a member of the Navajo Tribal Council who was displeased with the way Peter MacDonald was running the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity.

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50 Years Ago: A tribal employee struggles to keep his job, housing

Can an employee of the Navajo Tribe stand up to the might of the tribal government? And as this employee stands up for his rights, can that struggle end up with massive changes within the tribal government?

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50 Years Ago: A fight, a shooting and a bartender

The Navajo Times is going after bartenders in light of a shooting that occurred in late October 1965 at a bar in Lupton.

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50 Years Ago: Times ponders the ethics of promoting the reservation

For the first time, the Navajo Times has decided to get involved in the annual “make the reservation look good to travel writers” program.

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50 Years Ago: Kids, UFOs and marriages made news in mid-sixties

Finally, kids on the reservation have something to do after school and on weekends.