PHOENIX – Originally published as a monthly newsletter of the Education Committee of the Navajo Tribe, the goal was to keep children attending off-reservation schools informed of tribal activities. The Navajo Times newspaper changed a year later into a more typical community-informing publication and has been so ever since. Though it has changed names a few times since the mid-1960s, it is still independently published today.
“The Navajo Times is significant because it was created by the Navajo Tribal Council as the ‘Official newspaper of the Navajo Tribe.’ Over the years its editorial staff pushed for greater journalistic freedoms until, ultimately, the paper separated from the Tribal Council. It has been published independently for the last 16 years. We are excited to bring the early years of this historic paper to the Arizona Memory Project,” said Sativa Peterson, National Digital Newspaper Program grant project director and news content program manager for the State of Arizona Research Library.
This is just one of the six newspaper titles from indigenous communities around Arizona that were digitized by the Arizona State Library in partnership with the University of Arizona Libraries, thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. Issues from 1959 to 1963 of the Navajo Times will be available on the Arizona Memory Project indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/navajotimes.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].
The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. The Arizona Memory Project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.