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The Navajo times. [volume] (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1959-1960, April 01, 1960, Image 4

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CONSTRUCTION OF NAVAJO PARK FACILITIES
IN MONUMENT VALLEY
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Plans are being made by the Tribe
for the dedication of Monument Valley
Navajo Park and Observatory at 11:00
A.M., Saturday, May 7, 1960, accord
ing to Sam Day 111, Chairman of the
Navajo Tribal Parks Commission. Mon
ument Valley Tribal Park consists of
96,000 acres. It will be patrolled by
Navajo Rangers. The Observatory in-
“Black Gold”
-—Continued from page 1
88. At the present time the N a v a j o
Tribe is realizing royalty payment from
the produced oil in the amount of about
$1,000,000 a month.
What is the Navajo Tribe doing with
the monies that the good earth has pro
duced? There has been a lot of criticism
and equally more compliments from the
people over the reservation and also
from people outside the reservation as
to the way the Navajo Tribe is using
the funds accumulated from the natural
resources. I’d like to b r i e f 1 y outline
some of the many uses and accomplish
ments made by the Navajo Tribe with
the monies realized from these resourc
es.
1. Education
The most signifcant of all the accom
plishments realized by the Navajo
Tribe, and will continue to be of ut
most importance in the progress of the
Navajo people is it s program in educa
tion. Up until 1954, out of the 80,000
Navajo people, there were only a hand
ful, something like 50 N a v a j o people
with college education. And there were
equally small in number, something like
400 Navajo people with high school ed
THE NAVAJO TIMES
eludes both open-inclosed observation
decks, arts and crafts room and rangers’
quarters.
A new- access road leads from Utah
Highway 47 to the Observatory. Gover
nor Clyde of Utah a n d Governor Bur
roughs of New Mexico have accepted in
vitations to attend the dedication cere
mony.
ucation. This we may say, physically is
the fault of the Federal Government,
but on the other hand, we can say that
i h e Navajo people equally should be
blamed for the lack of education of the
majority of the Navajo people. I would
like to verify this statement by adding
that before the 1950 s, there has been
little interest in education among the
Navajos. What little interest there was
no very much was d o n e because the
Navajo people have been more or less
dependent on the Federal Government
to take care of their problems, problems
in Education. Welfare. Health and de
velopments of the natural resources.
With this dependency on the Federal
Government, the Navajo people little
realize that in the future in problems
that we will have to face wdl be insur
mountable. And this, they did realize,
beginning in the 195()'s when they took
over some of their administrative prob
lems on their own reservation. An d
this is beginning to be more significant
daily. Today, the Navajo Tribe realizes
that in order to progress, in order to be
considered equal citizen with any other
citizen of t h e states or of the nation,
they will have to compete in education
first of all. With this realization, one of
the first big steps taken by the Navajo
young people with ability and ambitioi
to attain higher learning. In 1955, th«
Navajo Tribe set up a $5,000,000 Scho!
arship Fund and again in 1959. an add
lion to this was made of another $5.
COO.OOO. So fatal now, the Navajo Tril
ha s 510.000.000 set aside for scholar
ship purposes.
The earnings of this $10,000,000 ii
interest at 4% which amounts to ap
proximately $400,000 per year, we are
using to send our young people to col
leges. In the last three years under this
scholarship program, there were ap
proximately 275 young people in col
leges a n d universities throughout the
United States. Besides this scholarship
program, we have other p r o g r a m s
whereby, the Navajo Tribe appropriates
approximately $650,000 per annum in
the last three years to buy clothing for
the N a v a j o youngsters w h o are in
schools, both in Government Boardine
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schools, Government Day schools. Pub
lie Schools peripheral to the reservation,
and to Mission schools on the reserve
lion. Another program to help the Nav
ajo youngsters who are in schools is the
eyeglass and hearing aid purchases to
the children in need of such assistance.
When the Navajo people started realiz
ing these assistances to the N a v a j o
children, more of them have sent theii
children to schools. In fact, as of to date
there isn't enough educational facilities
to take care of all the children w'ho are
anxious to go to school. The Navajo
Tribal Council should be complimented
for this foresight, because of the fact
that after the Navajo children have at
tained education, they will be leaders
to the Navajp people as well as for other
citizens of this state and of this nation
We are very confident that there will
be fruitful material to be realized in the
future, because our children are equal!»
competent in skill and scholastic abi’i
t ies.
2. Land Management Program
The Navajo Tribe depended on the
El Paso Natural Gas Company's > v
Eton in Four Corners Area.
livestock economy for many, m;
years. In the 1930’s the Government .
bitrarily stepped into this basic econoi
—Continued on peg
April—l96l

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