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50 Years Ago: VISTA sets new rules; BIA vacates Gallup

There was a distinct fear by Navajo tribal officials that the rape in early 1965 of a 19-year-old VISTA volunteer who was living in a hogan on the Navajo Reservation would seriously affect the operations of the program not only on the Navajo reservation but in the other reservations in the state as well.

When Star Wars themed Pendleton blankets arrived in town Thursday, Diné fans rushed to pick them up.

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has a lot on her plate right now — the BIE restructuring and the Gold King Mine spill, to name a few.

In the year-and-a-half since it was first presented to the public, the proposed tribal takeover of the Navajo Nation’s Bureau of Indian Education and grant schools has not gotten any more popular, at least if last Thursday’s public hearing here is any indication.

The Navajo Nation made financial history Tuesday when it finalized an agreement allowing it to issue bonds on the world market.

Questions have arisen in recent days about what is going on at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industries in light of its long-time director, Tsosie Lewis, stepping down.

If you asked the high-ranking officials for the Navajo Tribe and the Navajo Tribal Council back in November 1965 what the most important thing going on that month, practically no one would say trying to bring peace between the Old Guard and the tribe’s chairman, Raymond Nakai.

On Nov. 5 at approximately 9:10 a.m., a woman contacted several Arizona Department of Public Safety officers on North Highway 89 and told them she found the body of a deceased person at a temporary campsite off of Fat Manus Loop Trail, according to a news release from the Coconino County Sheriffus Office.

Navajos have always been known as a warrior tribe. But a true Diné, says Navajo cultural expert James Peshlakai, should be a very reluctant warrior.

Navajo Nation officials pledged greater housing and job support to Navajo veterans at the Veterans Day celebration in Window Rock on Wednesday.