Census of the Northern Navajo
Navajo Reservation, New Mexico
1930 Volume I
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This series of the Northern Navajo from New Mexico for the years 1930-1935 contains both the bitter and the sweet. Today the Navajo have grown to become the largest Indian Nation in the United States (sweet) but not without the sacrifice (bitter) of those from their past. These censuses give very important names; both Navajo and English. The National Archival records provided mostly Navajo names along with each person's Roll Number, Surname, Given Name, Tribe, Sex, Degree of Blood, Relation to Head of Household, Jurisdiction, Post Office, County, State, and Allotment Number. The descendants and researchers of the Navajo people in the present can search through these pages finding not only their ancestors but also learn who they were and realize their amazing strength through struggle.
Between 1864-1868 the Navajo lived through hardships history seems to have forgotten. The Navajo people just wanted to tend their livestock, grow their crops, raise their families and live in peace. The Dine' suffered beyond belief. Driven into their own "Trail of Tears". This census series starts with an introduction that includes an informed study as well as the story of a wonderful people that courageously faced true conflict that so many have never read about. These Native People had their history changed forever through what was called the "Long Walk"....
Also you will find a copy of the original Treaty of 1868, and a transcription of same, that allowed the Navajo to go back to their homes and leave the failed attempt at a reservation called the Bosque Redondo.
470 pages, paper
The first 20 or so pages of the book present heart-rending stories and histories of the assault on a free people by immoral and vicious individuals empowered by illicit government authority. The Navajo were systematically coerced, violated, and the fruits of their labor stolen or destroyed by the powerful people in the US government in a successful effort to starve and denigrate them into obedience. It rings of Mao and Stalin. The evilness and lack of human empathy of those prosecuting this outrage is evidenced by their own writing, selections of which the author has extracted from original letters as well as quoted sources.
These military officers undertook “collective punishment” on the Navajo: punishing the innocent—ALL of the innocent-- based on a shared ethnicity with some few individuals or group who committed crimes (real or labeled as such). Collective punishment is a crime against humanity. There are those promoting it right now--people who think they are in the right, the same way these military officers managed to convince themselves of the same.
Yet how wrong they were. And how clearly so. The total disregard of natural law, of liberty, of human rights is presented succinctly and poignantly in these 20 or so pages introductory orienting us to the nature and extend of tragedy. And then what follows in 400 more pages is for the genealogic researcher—the names and vital statistics of these Navajos: an important resource for all who take an interest.
A Review from an Amazon Customer:
5.0 out of 5 stars
A well-indexed date source of vital statistics prefaced with heart-rending context (Link)
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2023
Other Books in this Series Coming:
1931 Volume II Coming Soon!
1932 Volume III
1933 Volume IV
1934 Volume V