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ERIC Number: ED002336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Apr
Pages: 6
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THE NAVAJOS.
Navajo Tribe Public Relations and Information Dept., Window Rock, AZ.
A STUDY OF NAVAJO AMERICAN INDIANS IS PRESENTED. INCLUDED ARE THE TRIBE'S HISTORY, RESOURCES, ECONOMIC SITUATION, AND WAYS TO IMPROVE IT. THE NAVAJOS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES IN THAT THEY ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING, THEY HAVE INCREASED THE SIZE OF THEIR RESERVATION, THEY STILL LIVE IN ISOLATION AND IN A PRIMITIVE FASHION, AND THEY STILL SPEAK THEIR NATIVE TONGUE. UNTIL WORLD WAR II, DESPITE PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS WHICH GAVE THEM MORE LAND, THEY STILL DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH AND KEPT TO THEIR OLD WAYS OF EKING OUT LIVINGS FROM SHEEP RAISING, MELON AND SQUASH CULTURE, RUG WEAVING, SILVERSMITHING, AND PART-TIME FARM AND RAILROAD WORK OFF THE RESERVATION. AT THE END OF THE WAR AND AFTER CONTRIBUTING TO THE WAR EFFORT, THE LIVES OF THE NAVAJOS WERE CHANGED BY THE DISCOVERY OF OIL ON THEIR LAND AND THE PAYMENT BY DRILLING COMPANIES OF HUGE SUMS FOR THE LEGAL RIGHTS, AND BY THE VOTING OF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF NAVAJOS AND HOPIS. A REVOLUTION WAS CREATED IN EDUCATION WHEN UNIVERSAL SCHOOLING WAS ACHIEVED AND IN HEALTH SERVICES WHEN THE U.S. PUPLIC HEALTH SERVICE INTERVENED. SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE RESTS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF THEIR ECONOMIC POTENTIALITY. THEIR INCREASING POPULATION MAY BECOME A POOL OF VALUABLE MANPOWER. THE TOURIST INDUSTRY SHOULD BE DEVELOPED, BECAUSE THEIR SPECTACULAR SCENERY WOULD ATTRACT MILLIONS AND MAKE MOTELS, RESTAURANTS, AND SHOPS VERY PROFITABLE VENTURES. VAST COAL DEPOSITS CAN BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE TRIBAL INCOME AND A BASIS FOR A FIRM ECONOMY. IF A PENDING GOVERNMENT DAM AND IRRIGATION PROJECT MATERIALIZES, THERE WILL BE 100-ACRE FARMS FOR 1,200 FAMILIES AND MANY ALLIED SERVICE INDUSTRIES. INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE IS BADLY NEEDED.
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Authoring Institution: Navajo Tribe Public Relations and Information Dept., Window Rock, AZ.
Identifiers: Arizona (Window Rock)