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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Billison, Nakai duel in local newspapers

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.

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Name-calling sinks to new lows

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.

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50 Years Ago: Navajos, Hopis still at odds over JUA

The Hopi Tribe wanted peace with the Navajos.

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50 years ago: Anderson takes on Blatchford; state schools grow

If you lived on the Navajo Reservation in the late 60s to early 70s, you would recognize the name of Herbert Blatchford Sr.

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50 years ago: Wauneka, MacDonald grapple over youth grant

A half-century ago, some members of the Navajo Tribal Council and Peter MacDonald were in a fierce battle over Navajo young people.

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50 years ago: Underwear war with Hopis in third month and counting

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.

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50 Years Ago: The origin of Red Rock Park

The U.S. Economic Research Associates, a subdivision of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a report supporting a proposal to build a national Indian memorial park as part of a major year-round attraction in Gallup.

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50 Years Ago: Nakai-Billison election heats up; Tribes get 25 cents a ton for coal

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.

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50 Years Ago: The mystery of the skeleton found in a Crownpoint cave

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.

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50 Years Ago: MacDonald takes on U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater

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.