August 7, 1989 |
The medicine men have purified the killing place, and Jimmy Dickson and Arnold Begay have been buried, but the cherished hozro, the harmony that gives meaning to Navajo life, is gone. In its place are scores of police, death threats and talk of assassinations. The Navajo Nation, deeply divided over the ouster of its tribal leader amid corruption accusations, has seen a long-running political feud turn violent. Clubs and bullets have replaced angry words, and many of the 187,000 who live on the windswept red mesas of the impoverished Navajo reservation fear that the cycle of violence is not over.
March 1, 2012 |
The Navajo Nation has filed a federal lawsuit against Urban Outfitters Inc., alleging that the Philadelphia-based retailer committed trademark infringement by marketing and selling products that use the American Indian tribe's marks and names without a licensing or vendor agreement. In the civil action filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the tribe and its commercial subsidiaries seek damages and an order stopping Urban Outfitters from using the names "Navajo " and "Navaho " and marks on goods that compete with its own trademarked jewelry, housewares, and clothing.
June 27, 2011
PAGE, Ariz. - Authorities say a Navajo Nation police officer has been shot and killed while answering a domestic-violence call in a small community south of Page, Ariz. Officials tell KRQE-TV in Albuquerque that Sgt. Darrell Curley died at the hospital in Page after being shot in the town of Kaibito on Saturday night. Another officer was treated and released. The tribe issued a statement to the station saying President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim were praying for Curley's family.
August 1, 2016
The Four Corners Monument is the only place in the U.S. where you can stand in four states at once; it's where the borders of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. For geography geeks like us - who spend way too many hours poring over maps - this cartographic quirk is a must-see. As an extra bonus, the scenery you'll pass through while driving there is spectacular; many car ads are filmed in the region. Although the monument sits in four states, it is firmly within the Navajo Nation.
November 12, 2012 |
The Navajo Reservation covers more than 27,000 square miles, stretching across four states, yet most visitors to the Southwest simply drive through it. "The rez" is on the way to the Grand Canyon, on the way to Lake Powell, and on the way to Monument Valley. But if you decide, as we did, to stop at a few places on the rez, you'll remember forever the people, their stories, and the astounding canyons, mesas, and natural beauty. Canyon de Chelly (pronounced d'SHAY) is three miles from Chinle, Ariz., and it's the center of the Navajo Nation in more ways than one. The steep sandstone walls of the canyons have been home to native peoples for more than 5,000 years.
February 3, 1989 |
A special Senate investigation of corruption on Indian reservations began to zero in yesterday on one man: Peter MacDonald, the flamboyant and controversial leader of the Navajo Nation, the country's largest Indian tribe. Five contractors said MacDonald regularly requested and received large amounts of cash, free use of a corporate airplane, trips to Las Vegas and numerous gifts from contractors trying to win construction contracts from the Navajos. MacDonald received at least $180,000 worth of money, goods and services in the last two years, according to witnesses on the fourth day of hearings by a special Senate committee that has spent a year investigating problems on Indian lands.
February 7, 1989 |
The son of Navajo leader Peter MacDonald Sr. said yesterday that his father asked him to provide a "cover story" when federal investigators began looking into gifts MacDonald received from friends who made more than $7 million on a questionable land sale to the tribe. The elder MacDonald received $25,000 and a leased BMW sedan after the tribe purchased a large ranch for $33.4 million from two of his friends. They had paid $26.2 million for it only hours earlier. The testimony from Peter "Rocky" MacDonald Jr. came during hearings by a special Senate committee that has spent a year checking allegations of widespread corruption on Indian reservations.
March 24, 1986 |
A plan by a coal company for a strip-mining operation on an Arizona Indian reservation will mean the "total annihilation" of the Navajo Nation, a tribe spokesman said here yesterday. Larry Anderson, a full-blooded Navajo, told a crowd of about 200 at the Friends Center that more than 400 Navajo families, or about 16,000 people, must relocate by July 7 under a federal law that gives the Peabody Coal Co. the right to strip-mine 65,000 acres of Indian land at Big Mountain. Anderson said the land is sacred to both the Navajo and Hopi tribes that live there.
September 30, 1990 |
By day, he is an accused criminal, sitting silently in a tribal courtroom, face to face with those who will decide whether he abused the Navajo Nation's highest office. By night, he is a candidate, charismatic and forceful, traveling hundreds of miles among the small villages of the country's largest Indian reservation in a campaign to regain the power that the Navajo Tribal Council stripped from him. By November, ousted Navajo chairman Peter MacDonald - viewed as the nation's most influential Indian leader until his suspension last year and the filing of 250 criminal charges against him - could be elected to a four-year term as president, or sentenced to a 24-year term as prisoner.
February 17, 2006 |
Music is the universal language, and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David's mission is to keep reminding us. The Israeli musician has initiated an ongoing series of programs, "Intercultural Journeys," in which artists of widely different persuasions and roots collaborate. Over the past few years, the concerts have brought together Buddhist, Arab, Chinese, Jewish, Native American, African-American and jazz artists. Politics also plays a part in the project, with hopes of furthering understanding and peaceful coexistence through artistic dialogue and shared history.