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50 years ago: Officials criticize CBS documentary

As Sarah Ann Johnson, the former Miss Navajo and current Miss Indian America, continued her tour back east promoting a CBS documentary on Indian America, officials here on the Navajo Reservation were sharply criticizing the program.

Perry Allen, director of the tribe’s public relations department, said the program gave the wrong impression of what the Navajo people were like. The program only spent about six minutes talking about the Navajos but almost all of that time, said Allen, was about the low poverty level on the reservation and gave the impression that most Navajos were drunks.


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