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50 Years Ago: Trying to get Navajos to pay federal taxes wasn't easy in the '60s


As 1965 drew to a close, Navajo tribal officials were becoming more and more concerned about the decisions being made by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson to increase the nation’s involvement in fighting in Vietnam.

The concern was not about the lives this increased involvement would have on tribal members – two Navajos had already died in the war, but how much it would affect funding for Navajo programs.

Johnson had already told members of Congress that increased U.S. military presence in South Vietnam would add billions of dollars to the budget and he pledged, as much as possible, to take these funds from existing programs.


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