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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.

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50 Years Ago: Sam Billison removed from public service director position

So what were Navajos talking about as 1965 began? Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t the fight between the Old Guard and supporters of the current chairman, Raymond Nakai. It wasn’t even

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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.