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50 Years Ago

50 years ago: Times thrown out of Nakai rally

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.

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50 years ago: Cargo blasts schools, ignites film industry

David Cargo, who was running for New Mexico governor, decided that what his platform needed was a strong Indian plank.

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50 years ago: Nakai-Billison conflict escalates

The political battle between Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and his challenger, Sam Billison, had entered a new realm of violence.

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50 years ago: Nakai tries to quell fears of takeover

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.

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50 years ago: Navajos learn they have Miranda rights

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.

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50 years ago: Wauneka blasts Nakai, tribe welcomes Lady Bird

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.

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50 years ago: Nakai wins support NAC members

In some ways, Sam Billison was the Donald Trump of his time as he tried to unseat Raymond Nakai as chairman of the Navajo Nation.

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50 years ago: Bumper stickers Thorn in the side Of MacDonald

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.

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50 Years Ago: Diné government Run by non-Natives

So what was one of the biggest differences in how tribal government was run back in 1966 compared to now?

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50 Years Ago: Peabody debates how to transport coal

Fifty years ago, officials for the Peabody Coal Company had to make a decision.