50 Years Ago
It was 1967 and newly elected chairman Raymond Nakai would soon have a new tribal council that, for the first time while in office, he would be able to control.
As 1966 drew to a close, Navajo tribal officials got some good news from Joe Armijo, the liquor director for the state of New Mexico.
The big story in December 1966 centered around attempts by Stewart Udall, the secretary of the Interior, to change completely the relationship between tribes and the federal government.
The Navajo Times began something in December 1966 that could have been a game changer.
By the end of November 1966, most Navajos were probably sick and tired of reading election news and they were probably especially glad that the race between Raymond Nakai and Sam Billison for the chairmanship of the tribe was once and all history.
The ugliest race in the Navajo Nation’s history was finally over and everyone seemed to be glad after all of the media hype about the lies and the name calling, something historians said had never happened at this level before.