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Barstow honors code talkers who lived in city

For more than five decades, the small city of Barstow, California, was the home of the largest group of Navajo Code Talkers outside of the Navajo Reservation.


Transition going smoothly – so far

The Navajo Nation Council and president’s office is in discussions on how to handle the transition from the Begaye-Nez administration to the Nez-Lizer administration.

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?

50 Years Ago

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.


Large voter turnout expected

Navajo Nation election officials said they are expecting a high turnout in Tuesday’s general election.

50 Years Ago

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

50 Years Ago

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.

Education People

‘Warrior’ draws attention at tribal fairs

Sheldon Begay is a Navajo warrior and he is creating what could be best described as mass hysteria wherever he appears on the Navajo Reservation. Begay is the Warrior mascot first created almost 50 years ago by officials at then Navajo Community College.

50 Years Ago

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.


N.M. voters key to victory for Shirley, Nez

For the past 60 years, almost all the candidates who have become chairman or president of the Navajo Nation did it by getting the support of New Mexico voters.