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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Times the most read newspaper on the Nation

The Navajo Times reported 50 years ago this week that the Navajo Revolving Credit Program had expanded it services to Tuba City, Shiprock and Crownpoint with plans over the next two years to set up sub offices in Chinle and Fort Defiance.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Navajo officials find out about secret clause in Peabody contract

It’s an issue that would dominate headlines in area newspapers for the next 30 years – opposition to coal-mining activities underway by the Peabody Coal Company in their mining of coal in the Kayenta and Black Mesa areas of the reservation.

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50 Years Ago: Navajo rejects idea of per-capita payments

It’s a question that seems to come up every few years – why doesn’t the Navajo Nation share some of its wealth with its members like other tribes do?

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50 Years Ago: Directors upset at Nakai cuts and plans to hold a chicken pull

There’s a lot of important people in the Navajo tribe who are really, really upset this week at Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai.

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50 Years Ago: ‘Daniel Boone’ visits Navajo Reservation

If you asked most elderly Navajos who are in their 60s and 70s and who went to Crownpoint Boarding School in 1965, what they may remember the most from that time is the day they got a chance to meet Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman.

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50 Years Ago: The modern era of Navajo politics begins

If you want to put a date on when modern Navajo politics began, a good date would be April 15, 1965.

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50 Years Ago: Oil spill fueled lots of jini

Navajo tribal officials, as well as a lot of people in northern Arizona and southern Utah had been worried for three weeks about a pipeline break that was spilling crude oil onto land near Lake Powell.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai wins another battle over Norman Littell

It’s not too often that you see a chairman of the Navajo Nation sued by someone who claims the tribe’s highest leader is interfering with his job.

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50 Years Ago: Shiprock community mourns loss of welfare advocate

The Navajo Times 50 years ago this week reported on the tragic death of Donald E. Cunningham who died in a fire in his rented attic apartment near the Shiprock Hotel on April 10.

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50 Years Ago: LBJ’s laws to increase Black voting also helped Navajo voting rights

Anyone over 15 in 1965 and watched or read news knew one of the major stories was U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his attempt to make it easier for Blacks in the South to vote.