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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Nakai ponders possible candidacy of MacDonald

As 1967 was coming to a close, Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai began realizing he had a problem and that centered on the head of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity – Peter MacDonald Sr.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai: Good for people to know about budget

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai gave a left-handed compliment to the Navajo Times 50 years ago this week when he spoke to members of the Navajo Nation Council about the tribe’s finances.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai supports bill of rights but opposes national measure

Just a week after the Navajo Tribal Council approved a Navajo Bill of Rights, which was supported by the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai, he went on record as opposed to a national Indian Bill of Rights that a southern senator is trying to get Congress to pass.

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50 Years Ago: Debate over peyote in passage of bill of rights

Regardless of the fact that the Navajo Nation auditor general feels that there are too many tribal holidays, there are reasons why Oct. 9 should be an annual holiday on the Navajo Reservation.

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50 Years Ago: BIA worker takes over the Times

The headline on the front page of the Oct. 5 issue of the Navajo Times probably said it all: “Shiprock Fair Said Best in History.”

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50 Years Ago: Battle over peyote divides council

The 1967 Navajo Tribal Fair was held 50 years ago and the local media announced the following week that it was one of the goriest weekends for the reservation with five people dying and 29 injured in accidents on reservation roads.

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50 Years Ago: Survey shows rez labor pool at 20,300

In 1967, the Navajo Nation had a Navajo Manpower Committee, which must have been created by the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai, the year before because this is the first time it is mentioned in the Navajo Times.

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50 Years Ago: ‘Petty’ dispute makes national news

The Navajo Tribal Fair was held this week and, yes, there was a controversy.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai tries to take advantage of the fair

As the 21st annual Navajo Tribal Fair was on the verge of starting, Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai was reportedly feeling very good about the past year and he wanted to send a message to fairgoers.

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50 Years Ago: Medicine man murdered because of ‘hexing’

It was a tragedy of unbelievable proportions, according to one tribal police official — the murder of a Navajo medicine man.