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50 Years Ago

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.

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50 Years Ago: Wauneka accuses Times editor of printing fake letters

The fight between members of the Raymond Nakai administration and the Old Guard on the Navajo Tribal Council took a strange turn this week with accusations that the editor of

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50 Years Ago: Death at a Yei Bi Chei

It’s not unusual these days to pick up a newspaper an read about riots happening in an American city because of people being upset at an action by local police that caused the death of an innocent citizen.

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50 Years Ago: Major victory for use of peyote

A half century ago this month, the first major victory in the fight by Navajos to use peyote occurred in California.