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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Congressional investigation has everyone wondering, concerned

When Navajo tribal leaders learned 50 years ago that Congress was going to investigate the tribe, no one knew what to say. So they said nothing.

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50 Years Ago: Council passes resolution trying to remove BIA from federal control

Long before there was any controversy about pro and college teams using racial Indian names as mascots, the Navajo Times kind of brought up that issue on its front page when it printed an article promoting the upcoming Navajo Invitational Tournament.

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50 Years Ago: The Old Guard takes a chance on the Times

Annie Wauneka, one of the most powerful political leaders on the Navajo Reservation in 1966, issued a statement exclusively to the Navajo Times in mid-January regarding her feeling that the tribal court system needed to be strengthen to ferret out what she saw was massive corruption within the tribal government,

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50 Years Ago: Nakai pushes for resolutions to attain more Council power

Even for the Navajo Tribal Council, this was a resolution that raised a lot of eyebrows.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai – Without chairman veto power, there is no checks and balances

As 1966 began, the leader of the Navajo Tribe, Raymond Nakai, made headlines in both the Navajo Times and the Gallup Independent by using the “C” word.

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50 Years Ago: 1965 – a really bad year for Chairman Raymond Nakai

If he had his druthers, 1965 would probably be a year that Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai would just as soon forget.

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50 Years Ago: Congress declares Hubbell Trading Post a national historic site

Many young people living on the Navajo Reservation today don’t realize that a couple of generations ago, life for Navajo families totally centered on the trading posts in their communities.

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50 Years Ago: Trying to get Navajos to pay federal taxes wasn’t easy in the ’60s

As 1965 drew to a close, Navajo tribal officials were becoming more and more concerned about the decisions being made by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson to increase the nation’s involvement in fighting in Vietnam.

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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.