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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Is the rez a slum? And a famous chanter

Definitely not, said Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai, but that’s not preventing the Navajo Tribe from applying for federal funds earmarked to clean up slums and areas of blight in the country’s top cities.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai praises rez court system

Back in 1967, the tribal court system was plagued with a number of problems, including judges who were appointed not because of what they knew about the law but many times because they were supporters of the chairman who appointed them.

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50 Years Ago: Secrecy over oil production raises questions

There is a lot of speculation about why companies drilling for oil on the Navajo Reservation have imposed on themselves a ban on releasing any information to the public for six months about how much oil they are taking out of the ground.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai challenges Russians

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai made the New York Times and probably hundreds of newspapers nationwide this week by taking on the Russian government.

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50 years ago: Fired editor trend began with MacRorie

Chet MacRorie had known for weeks that his days as editor of the Navajo Times were numbered but he said later that he was surprised that it was the Navajo Tribal Council and not the chairman of the tribe, Raymond Nakai, who gave him the pink slip.

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50 years ago: Nakai brimming with new ideas

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai appeared before the Navajo Tribal Council this week brimming with new ideas that he said would make a major change in the lives of Navajos living on the reservation in future years.

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50 Years Ago: Alcohol legalization, or not, continues to be controversial

Every few years there seemed to be a movement, either within the Navajo Tribal Council or from some Navajo group, to promote the cause of allowing liquor sales on the reservation.

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50 years ago: MacDonald envisions a booming Navajo economy

The future Chairman of the Navajo Tribe, Peter MacDonald, took center stage in late March 1967 with his efforts to solve the problems of small businesses on the Navajo Reservation.

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50 years ago: No news was not necessarily good news

Fifty years ago, fewer than 10 percent of the tribal members who lived on the reservation had 9-to-5 jobs and got a regular salary.

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50 years ago: Mayoral candidates campaign on better relations with tribe

Back in 1967, the Navajo people had a mixed relationship with the border towns that existed right outside their doorstep.