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Submitted | Milton Snow, U.S. Indian Service

I’m the set up historian right here at Nellis Air Drive Base (Las Vegas, Nev.) and got here throughout the hooked up photo whereas organizing the information. What I do know is what’s on the again and what I’ve discovered in analysis. Based mostly on the plane and uniforms/clothes, my guess is the mid-1950s as Nellis AFB had an administrative C-47 assigned throughout that interval which will be the tie-in. The names of the younger women and men are, left to proper, listed as Stanley ______, Herbert Schumann, Katherine Morgan, Freddie Begay, Jimmy Schultz, Raymond Morgan, Eddie Chester and Brenda Morgan.

The photo credit score on the again is Milton Snow, U.S. Indian Service, however no date or location. Certainly one of my army historian colleagues tells me these are possible Arizona Wing CAP cadets based mostly on the uniforms and the shoulder patch. Mr. Ben Sorrell on the Navajo Nation Museum tells me that they’ve the majority of Mr. Snow’s 20-plus yr profession’s photo assortment however no journal or log which may assist pin down the date and or location.

I ship this to you to ask should you may contemplate operating it in your newspaper (my contact particulars are under) and/or posting it on the Navajo Times Fb web page. I hope that a number of of the younger women and men pictured should be with us or they’ve relations or pals who acknowledge them and may help in offering a date or location or level me at somebody who will help inform me extra about the image.

Many thanks prematurely for your time and consideration.

Gerald A. White Jr.
Historian
99 ABW/HO

We’re proof of the survival of ceremonies

“We are still Diné without ceremonies” (letters, Jan. three, 2019) feels like an admission of defeat, a final name from the final surviving household of Navajo earlier than extinction. However as I learn alongside, the content material modified peering by means of lens of struggles and blame placed on another person. We Navajos are good at that.

If we’re to fade away, we’ve allowed it, and who can we blame? A response is tough to start when a private bias is made towards one’s personal individuals. Think about, dealing with 4 to 5 years of insufferable chilly in rags, indignant, freezing in arms of family members, destitute, strolling round and sleeping with the odor of demise is past endurance.

The article made me mirror on our conventional prayers of Naghaají (to face any “challenge” in life) continues to be practiced — a safety prayer our foremothers and fathers provided for themselves and future era once they have been launched. There was by no means a thought about being “too late!” and doubts as to “Why are we now trying to save ceremonies?” They have been by no means confused about who they have been or second-guessed their perception when impacted with a lot ache, placing their coronary heart and soul into the facility of prayer to boost above each recognized trial and tribulation life throws at them.

I consider that describes our individuals making a comeback based mostly on ceremonies. We’re proof as a solution to their safety prayer, or, we might have been worn out a very long time in the past. Sure, our individuals at Fort Sumner skilled dehumanization and unthinkable affected by one other group of people who did such a factor to our ancestors.

Áhálaaneeh — a worthy reward to have survived an inhuman ordeal, their souls hanging midway into the grave, and escaped the hand of demise. Our foremothers and fathers who skilled the trauma rightfully name Fort Sumner Jiidíítsó bilhása’ (“where big ghost dwells”). It isn’t a spot to re-visit time and time once more. We solely want to recollect. Even that’s painful sufficient, and the safety prayer is supposed for us to maintain shifting ahead to the longer term.

“We should have started to preserve these ways since the signing of the treaty (or) made a part of the treaty.” True, not every part was considered in time of want by our ancestors, however with what little stays, the follow of conventional ceremonies we hold onto has given us restoration, rehabilitation and full consciousness have regained our true id once more as precisely meant in our foremothers and fathers safety prayers.

They knew there’s room for renewing settlement with Okay’é every time human relation is concerned, and relied upon the intelligence of future era to assist themselves as a result of there’s such a factor as negotiations, and even contingences might be agreed upon, and we’re at that time to do one thing about it.

And, “Our Navajo spiritual beliefs are no longer for many Navajos,” is fictitious. There’s a distinction between a “spiritual” and “religious person.” If an examination is to be made, it may be an excessive amount of of a “stirred up issue” for one.

Tribal ceremonies makes us who we’re and I consider each conventional practitioner felt infringed upon if our younger era are allowed to succumb to the ills of society. As for “assimilation,” we’re taught to take a look at it a method — genocide. Lack of id covers all our historic cultural establishment if we permit it.

This isn’t the one method. For one, “acculturation” is one other method. Younger extremely educated Navajos return residence, break free for brief durations, take day off or holidays and schedule ceremonies to resume their religion with conventional educating to not overlook our philosophy and lifestyle.

I personally have noticed this occurring increasingly. They take the perfect values from our tradition, align with probably the most useful morals and precept to achieve success of their chosen professions built-in with the surface world in how one can succeed. It’s true we’re subjected to vary and might be controllable.

The “Baby Boomers” are the bilingual era of educators, realized from their expertise one thing was lacking. They’ve impressed the now era to pursue conventional and trendy information with a greater understanding of two worlds as one. They’ve launched the enlightenment of Navajo tradition by means of further curriculum in Navajo language and conventional philosophy they virtually misplaced. Kudos to them.

Teddy Begay
Kayenta, Ariz.

Why doesn’t employee have a workforce?

Pricey Navajo Nation President-elect/Vice President-elect, Twice have I learn the Dec. 20, 2018, Navajo Times article in regards to the (incoming) Rhino Well being “glove” manufacturing plant in Church Rock, New Mexico. By no means has mau’ been the sharpest software within the shed, however flummoxed is mau’ by the next quote, made by Sharlene Begaye-Platero, who “got the ball rolling” for the challenge: “It’s a lot of work to put a project together on Navajo,” she stated. “I don’t have a team — it’s just me, myself and I. And I hope the Navajo Nation Council supports this project. And that they know this could be one of many that could happen on our reservation.”

Questions: Why doesn’t she “have a team?” Why is it simply her? Why does she categorical “hope” that the Navajo Nation Council is supportive? Shouldn’t help be a given? Ms. Begaye-Platero “hopes” that the (25-member) Navajo Nation Council is aware of that Rhino Well being might be the primary of many to return “to our reservation.”

Unimaginable that even one Navajo would “hope” that their governing physique is on the identical (job progress) financial web page as them. “Navajo Nation doesn’t know the good assets that it has,” stated Rhino Well being CEO, Mark Lee. Which begs one final query: Will the Navajo Nation’s youngest ever president, with a supremely “definitive” (election) mandate, take Lee’s assertion (trace) to coronary heart that Navajo Nation may be/ought to be far more highly effective?

Jerry Sanchez Sr.
Redding, Calif.

Am I grounded sufficient for Nez-Lizer?

You’ve heard the common sense adage: “Take time, do it right the first time.” Properly, I didn’t take time to learn the Jan. three situation of the Navajo Times till after I made a fast journey to Window Rock (165 miles every means on icy roads) on Jan. four to hand-deliver a replica of my curriculum vitae to the workplace of the incoming president of the Dineh Nation.

The president was not in his workplace so I left my CV with Dr. James J. Davis Jr., Ph.D. (political science), government employees assistant. Once I acquired residence, I went to mattress early as I had labored on my CV till midnight after which getting up at 6 a.m. to get to the president’s workplace earlier than midday. Lastly, this morning, I had the prospect to learn two articles within the newspaper. Daah – Diigis!

So, kindly think about publishing my analyses of parts of the 2 articles: 1) “Efficiency: Team is going over job applications” and a couple of) “Nez, Lizer urge innovation, efficiency.” Within the first article I discovered that over 150 purposes have been submitted by “experienced candidates.” So am I “only” candidate No. 151 as a result of I had missed some type of deadline?

The “Efficiency” article was all about educated and skilled candidates. Proper On! My CV tells all of it. Is a Ph.D. in science schooling sufficient? Does a “professor emeritus” standing (retirement) for 12 years converse for sufficient previous expertise? I’ve by no means served in Dineh Nation authorities — so no expertise? Are we speaking about a “same-O, same-O career politician” who speaks solely broken-English and has a boarding faculty certificates? Notice: I’m not placing down such-endowed people as each my mom and late father possess(ed) such limitations afforded by a couple of brief years of boarding faculty schooling.

Along with having no chapter home expertise, I can see the place I could be disqualified as a result of I reside 27 miles outdoors the Rez line (Leupp Street) regardless that I ran as a presidential candidate in 1990? So why would Title Two allow a former two-term president to run once more in 2018? In 1988 when Title Two was handed I went to the Workplace of the Speaker of the Council and confronted Mr. Nelson Gorman and requested him, “Mr. Gorman, Title Two makes you the highest-governmental official in the Dineh Nation government — and the Dineh electorate had nothing to do with it apart from electing you to represent the Chinle district as a delegate? Is that correct?”

Mr. Gorman didn’t give a solution as he stored wanting downward — so I left understanding that I used to be right. I knew he and all of the Dineh Nation delegates have been afraid to need to confront the potentiality of a newly designed Dineh Nation structure, which might have Dineh Nation citizens approval about the “governing endowment of an elected Dineh Nation president.” Nonetheless, at the moment, no Dineh Nation structure in place so the Dineh Nation Council nonetheless conducts normal Dineh Nation enterprise by way of “helter (passing a resolution before lunchtime) – skelter (rescinding the pre-lunch helter esolution) resolutions (HSRs).”

At current, the Dineh Nation doesn’t have a longtime recreation plan. Title Two doesn’t symbolize a completely endowed mode of operation. On the second article about the Nez-Lizer Staff urging innovation and effectivity and “quality of groundedness,” I might reply their query on groundedness with the next: From the years 1944-1950 I lived in a small hogan with three moms: mom, grandmother, and great-grandma who as a 6-year-old was captured by Package Carson’s males and made to stroll 600 miles to/from Hweldi in japanese New Mexico territory.

After his return from the Marines, as a educated code talker, my father served as a drugs man. On many events, I accompanied him to his “sings” on Black Mesa and surrounding areas. I herded sheep many summers and attended a number of squaw dances with Grandma.

I began the highschool cross-country operating program on the Dineh Rez in fall 1968. I acquired a Navajo tribal scholarship for 4 years after which served in Rez faculties for 4 years. Lastly, I used to be a Navajo Nation doctoral fellow for three years.

Am I grounded sufficient and a legitimate go-getter to serve in some capability within the Nez-Lizer Dineh administration come Jan. 15, 2019? No Title Two-based put-downs, please.

Tacheeni Scott
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Why aren’t leaders involved about human trafficking?

Comfortable New Yr to members of the Navajo Nation generally and all my relations and associates particularly. I want every and everybody many blessings to return your approach in 2019. I want to give the newly elected tribal leaders a wakeup name and contact up on a really critical matter that impacts our every day lives.

Human trafficking is a quickly growing drawback across the globe and it’s amongst us on Navajo land and I’m questioning if our elected tribal leaders realize it. I’ve but to listen to from our tribal leaders what their positions are on this matter because it pertains to our personal people who went lacking and haven’t been discovered as of at present.

A younger Navajo woman went lacking about 15 years in the past within the 4 Corners area and one other aged woman went for a stroll within the Shiprock space this previous summer time and by no means made it residence. Abduction is suspected and attainable. A gaggle of involved individuals teamed as much as comb each a part of Shiprock, the house group of the present president, and got here up empty handed.

I really feel the president ought to have taken proactive steps and on the very least he ought to have given a lending hand to the household. As an alternative, he was too busy shifting one step ahead to establishing his new company and taking two steps again in serving to the household. What’s occurring? And why aren’t the tribal leaders involved about the human trafficking drawback?

I listened all through the marketing campaign season and by no means heard any candidates point out that human trafficking was turning into an issue. It’s heartbreaking that they’re not involved about it. Within the meantime households who’re victimized of potential abductions are devastated. It looks like anytime somebody goes lacking on the surface it makes nationwide information and never our personal individuals. You see the lacking individual flyers posted within the enterprise retailers.

Why not our individuals? It’s completely unhappy and unfair to see nothing is being finished. Personally, I think the drug traffickers and truck drivers for massive corporations are those in charge. I all the time thought the Navajo Nation ought to have inspection stations at each single entrance to the reservation so the traffickers and large rig drivers are searched, apprehended and convicted.

The time has arrived for our tribal leaders to determine a lacking individual community very similar to the Amber Alert that was just lately funded. If they will applicable $2.5 million for Naat’aannii Improvement Company, to profit the sore losers (ma’iis) within the main election, why can’t the Council applicable funds to determine a lacking individual community? Even higher, why not fund toll stations to serve twin objective by charging entrance charges to vacationers, tour buses and the trucking business and on the similar time carry out inspection? It is perhaps the most effective factor the tribal Council might ever do.

The state tourism will frown and really feel the influence.

In mild of the above, thanks for permitting me the chance to be heard on this essential matter and different associated problems with concern.

Vern Charleston
Farmington, N.M.

No eating places supply conventional meals

Good morning, I’m scripting this with a heavy coronary heart and with hope that those that have chosen to steer and educate future generations will obtain this warning and suggestion and provides it due consideration. I’m solely half Navajo from my father’s aspect. That being established, I’ve hung out on The Massive Rez watching sheep, or at the very least watching our canine watch the sheep. My father was of the World Warfare II era, despatched to a Mormon boarding faculty within the 1930s. He served within the Marine Corps, initially despatched to the code talkers, however didn’t converse Navajo, so infantry.

I’m a contemporary individual raised to be “American” by him, however on this case I really feel I want to talk. I watched a program on TV yesterday, Jaime’s American Roadtrip, the place he visited the Huge Rez. He met with many individuals throughout his go to, I consider in 2009, and through the present ate many meals I’ve not even heard of since I used to be a child.

The present additionally delivered to my consideration the shortage of Navajo meals tradition, not solely on the Massive Rez, however in surrounding communities off the Rez. I by no means realized that there are not any Navajo eating places in Gallup, or Flagstaff, or anyplace outdoors of the 4 Mountains, to incorporate on the Rez that provide conventional Diné meals. By no means even crossed my thoughts. Why is that this? As a veteran, in 21 years, I traveled throughout the globe to Europe, Asia, South Asia, Center East and Central America. In my travels I’ve discovered the worth of meals as not only a cultural ambassador, however as a bringer of peace, understanding, and an opener of the thoughts in addition to the abdomen.

You need to train a language? Meals is a superb begin, within the kitchen or on the desk. Consider this for a minute, what number of Diné now name frybread, tortillas? By no means once I was a child. That is the results of the mutual cultural sharing and acceptance of the sharer to the shared utilizing a overseas language now to explain a meals that has been described in Native tongue as one thing else for centuries.

Meals additionally particularly outline a tradition, even when the direct connection to the background is misplaced, the meals by identify or oral custom could be traced to its roots, whereas being shared with these individuals not of an identical background, and a narrative is advised. I can’t converse right here to the precise well being advantages concerned as I feel Western drugs, and doubtless Diné drugs, have already proved that conventional diets are extra useful for complete well being and nicely being, it’s an integral a part of the concord and stability of nature.

So how can we lower diabetes, weight problems and different foodborne sicknesses among the many Diné and share that, together with Diné tradition with others? Construct extra Taco Bells on the Rez? No. Even the cafeteria at Diné School follows an “American” meals menu. To this, I additionally say no. You all maintain the keys, as conventional leaders and educators, and healers.

To start a therapeutic course of, one should first take a look at what’s ingested on a regular basis. What you set in is what comes out. My suggestion is that this: Diné School ought to start a Conventional Diné (Navajo) Culinary Arts diploma program with a minor in enterprise or restaurant administration.

The thought right here is to provide younger Diné the inspiration expertise to open and handle their very own eating places with a complete concentrate on Diné delicacies from preparation to plating. In the event that they so selected to maneuver on to advance schooling, then the cultural culinary basis of their Diné heritage can be established and mirrored of their culinary artwork shows all through their careers. My second suggestion can be that you simply, all as people, ought to significantly promote any Diné individuals trying to open a cafeteria-style restaurant to start out with in Gallup.

Enlargement might come later to advertise Diné tradition and conventional meals. Spend money on our individuals to empower our individuals. Attain out to these on The Massive Rez which have this meals information to protect and broaden it. This is able to create jobs, particular person prosperity and a money move to assist the nation. Sponsor a meals truck or trailer, on or off The Rez.

Carry the tradition ahead and share it by means of tasty meals nobody has ever even conceived of. I thanks all for your time. I hope that my phrases assist and imply one thing. Nonetheless don’t know what my final identify means, however apparently, we now have robust phrases to say. God Bless you all and have a Merry Christmas.

Want I used to be there with you between the 4 Mountains, the place we’re imagined to be, however I’d need to have an Enemy Means so I don’t need to inconvenience anybody.

Zachary Becenti
San Antonio, Texas


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