50 Years Ago
Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai loves Gallup and it appears that Gallup loves Nakai in return.
The Navajo Nation is pushing forward on its biggest land acquisition in more than 50 years as the tribal government is trying to convince the federal government to transfer more than 300,000 acres of federal land in northwest New Mexico to the Navajos.
A report came out this week 50 years ago that may have surprised a lot of people.
A massive search for two Navajo grade school students who spent the night in sub-zero temperatures during a blizzard ended happily when Navajo police officers found them the following morning.
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.