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50 Years Ago: Trying to get Navajos to pay federal taxes wasn’t easy in the ’60s

As 1965 drew to a close, Navajo tribal officials were becoming more and more concerned about the decisions being made by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson to increase the nation’s involvement in fighting in Vietnam.

When members of the Navajo Tribal Council were looking for someone to bring credibility back to the tribal government after the fall of then chairman Peter MacDonald, they decided to go to the council delegate from Sanostee.

After several hours of deliberation Tuesday and into the afternoon on Wednesday, a 12-member jury found Alex Rios guilty on two counts of second degree murder in the beating deaths of Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson, members of the Navajo Nation.

Local police officials Wednesday chipped the body of Anderson Joe Jr., 32, of Manuelito Canyon, out of the ice in a ditch behind a Gallup motel.

50 Years Ago: Solving the water problem for Navajo and Gallup

You could say that the birth of the idea for the Navajo-Gallup Water Pipeline began with a letter that was sent to Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai on December 10, 1965.

Farrell Bowman, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., was sentenced Dec. 1 in federal court in Albuquerque, to six years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Some parents and Navajo royalty, boarded two buses to take to the streets of Farmington on Nov. 24 as they gave out bags with dumpling stew, frybread and tortillas to the local homeless people.

Parris appointed to be tribe’s new controller

After a search that took several months, Jim R. Parris was appointed to replace Mark Grant as controller.

50 Years Ago: Giving Navajo youth power and remembering a Navajo casualty of the Vietnam War

There is no historic record on who came up with the idea, but it appears that sometime in early or mid-1960, someone in the Bureau of Indian Affairs got the idea on how to change the future for the Navajo Tribe.

Klee Benally said more than 50 people who protested the opening of the Arizona Snowbowl have been arrested within the past four years.