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Land Buy-Back Program Means a Stronger Navajo Nation and Paved Roads


January 11, 2017

For as long as they can remember, residents of the Navajo Nation’s Casamero Lake Chapter have wanted paved roads.

But federal policy enacted 130 years ago stalled even the simplest improvements in this tiny community of about 500 people located in rural New Mexico. Here, individuals were granted 160-acre allotments of land under the Dawes Act of 1887, a law that aimed to turn Natives into subsistence farmers and landowners while opening “surplus” lands to white settlers.


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