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50 Years Ago

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.

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50 Years Ago: Companies asked to donate to NCC

Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai did something this month that no tribal leader has done in the past: He invited the heads of some 60 companies that do business with the tribe to a special meeting he held at the Window Rock Civic Center.

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50 Years Ago: Many Farms High used to house NCC students

The new Navajo Community College is scheduled to open next January and a decision has been made as to where the students will be housed until dormitories are built. Construction of the dorms is expected to be complete in 1970.

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50 Years Ago: DNA director sets up office in Gallup hotel

Formal negotiations got underway 50 years ago in an effort to resolve the Ted Mitchell situation, the Navajo Times reported.

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50 years ago: Fallout from DNA boss removal reaches D.C.

The decision by members of the Navajo Tribal Council’s Advisory Committee to ban the director of DNA-People’s Legal Services from the Navajo Reservation has created a lot of controversy, not only in Window Rock but in Washington, D.C., as well.

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50 Years Ago: Annie Wauneka pummels DNA legal services director

What happened on Aug. 6, 1968, on the Navajo Reservation had never happened before and stories about it made news all over the country. The Washington Post even put it on the front page two days later.