50 Years Ago
Navajo election officials said this week 50 years ago that they were making the final preparations for the tribe’s first nominating session for tribal chairman.
The campaign for tribal chairman was getting very bitter with both candidates accusing the other of cheating and worse, as name calling had become a major part of both the campaigns for Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and his challenger, Sam Billison.
The Hopi Tribe wanted peace with the Navajos.
If you lived on the Navajo Reservation in the late 60s to early 70s, you would recognize the name of Herbert Blatchford Sr.
A half-century ago, some members of the Navajo Tribal Council and Peter MacDonald were in a fierce battle over Navajo young people.
As of fifty years ago this week, the fight between the Hopis and the Navajos over underwear had been going on for three months with no end in sight.
The election for tribal chairman is beginning to heat up and at least one candidate for chairman has decided it’s time to take the gloves off.
The Navajo Nation, as well as area law enforcement officials, say they still don’t know quite what to do about what was reported in 1964 at a school in Las Vegas.
Peter MacDonald was back in the news this week when he decided that as the director of the Navajo Office of Economic Opportunity, he would support the U.S. senator who criticized the amount of money the federal government was spending on the poor, saying more should be given to Indian programs.