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50 Years Ago

50 years ago: Council shocked at conditions at Intermountain

Back in 1968, if you just said “boarding school” and asked the average Navajo to give a response, that response would probably be “Intermountain.”

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50 years ago: Tribe allocates $2 million for construction

The Navajo Tribal Council was in a spending mood, allocating $1,950,000 for building projects.

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50 years ago: Repossessions on rez become an issue

As he headed into his sixth year as chairman, Raymond Nakai was worried about money. In particular, how members of the Navajo Tribal Council were spending it.

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50 Years Ago: Council finally prepares to discuss a constitution

After talking about it for more then 30 years, mostly in a negative way, the Navajo Tribal Council will finally have a discussion later this month on a constitution that has been drawn up by the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai.

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50 Years Ago: Boys freeze after running away from boarding school

The Bureau of Indian Affairs reported that two boys who ran away from the Crownpoint Boarding School had died after they tried to walk to their homes some 50 miles away.

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50 Years Ago: Planeloads of food, gifts arrive for stranded Diné

As the snowstorms of December 1967 became history, the planes started coming almost on an hourly basis to the Window Rock airstrip bringing everything from food to dolls for the Navajo people.

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50 years ago: Worst storm of 20th Century hits rez

It was the last week in December of 1967 and residents of the Navajo Reservation were thoroughly disgusted with the weather.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai drums up publicity for centennial year

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai wants 1968 to be recognized by the federal government as the “Year of the Navajo.”

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50 years ago: Snowstorms shut down rez, Times curtails delivery

How bad were the snowstorms that hit the Navajo Reservation in mid-December of 1967?

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50 years ago: Emergency crews scramble as major snowstorm hits rez

Old-timers on the Navajo Reservation, when asked about what they remember about 1967, will probably say the snowstorms. Snow began falling on the reservation about Dec. 10 and for the next few weeks that is all people could talk about as the snows lingered, trapping thousands of Navajo families in their homes because of road conditions.