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50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago: Council considers constitution vote

No one ever thought it would happen, but this week 50 years ago the Navajo Tribal Council actually decided to give the Navajo people a chance to weigh in on what was one of the most controversial subjects of the past 30 years on the Navajo Reservation – should the tribe have a constitution?

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50 Years Ago: Controversy in the NAC

By 1968, the Native American Church claimed to have a membership of more than 30,000 on the Navajo Reservation and more than 110,000 throughout Indian Country, so the front-page article in the Navajo Times in mid-November attracted a lot of attention.

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50 Years Ago: FedMart opening draws huge crowd

If you are over the age of 55, it’s very likely that you can remember where you were 50 years ago this weekend

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50 Years Ago: Carnival fails to show, ramadas benefit

The Tuba City Fair was held last weekend and it was a success, even though the carnival did not show up for some reason, said Stan Bartos, who covered the fair for the Navajo Times that year.

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50 Years Ago: One family succeeds at life in Chicago

Over the past decade, thousands of Navajo families have left the reservation in order to get education or find a job and, except for their families, most Navajos never hear about them again.

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50 Years Ago: Another ceremony honors slain soldier

For the second time in less than a month, the military had a special ceremony at Fort Wingate to honor a Navajo soldier who died in the Vietnam War.

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50 Years Ago: Vietnam weighs heavily on Diné

The Vietnam War is weighing heavily on the Navajo people and on the staffers who put out the Navajo Times each week.

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50 Years Ago: Long Walk twins, protest groups make the news

Mrs. Old Man Mud’s Wife and Mrs. Crooked Neck were back in the news this past week, according to the Navajo Times, which pointed out to its readers that these were the twin sisters who were honored this past summer for being the only ones alive who were at Fort Summer during the years of Navajo captivity.

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50 Years Ago: Culture office seeks funds, fed meets with youth

There was some bad news on the culture front 50 years ago this week as the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity announced that it was closing its Navajo Culture Office, which had been headed by Carl Gorman, Navajo Code Talker, famous artist and cultural expert, for the previous two years.

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50 years ago: Mitchell fights back; feeding ‘starving’ kids

The decision by the Navajo Tribe to expel the head of DNA-People’s Legal Services from the reservation had finally made it to federal court.