50 Years Ago
The big news this week 50 years ago centered around the Navajo Times and a decision by Two Gray Hills Chapter officials and the Nakai Administration to throw a Times reporter out of a rally being sponsored for Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai.
David Cargo, who was running for New Mexico governor, decided that what his platform needed was a strong Indian plank.
Looking at the papers back in late 1966, it appears that there was a profound fear by a number of tribal members, including those in the Navajo Tribal Council, that it would only be a matter of time before the Navajo tribal government no longer existed and that the federal government would be stepping in to run the government and make all of the decisions.
Navajo police must follow laws of the United States if they arrest someone and put them in jail, a high-ranking legal official for the tribe told Navajo law enforcement officials.
Annie Wauneka, probably one of the most influential members of the Navajo Tribal Council during the 1960s, was not a big fan of the Navajo Times.
In the 1980s, there was a major scandal when someone began printing bumper stickers with the question, “Who Shot PM?” The question referred to rumors that had been circulating at the time that Navajo Tribal Chairman Peter MacDonald was fooling around and that his wife caught him in the act and then took the law into her own hands.
Fifty years ago, officials for the Peabody Coal Company had to make a decision.