Water –precious as gold– is-still scarce.
But in a few places it is becoming more available.
Glen Canyon Dam, on the Colorado River, has created Lake Powell, on the Reservation’s northern boundary.
Rainbow Natural Bridge–once remote–is now easily reached by boat.
The Navajo Tribal Council is developing scenic and other natural resources, through careful planning.
The Tribe has its own government, administrative offices, judicial branch, and police farce.
More and more, it is being called tHE NAVAJO NATION.
Strip-mining for coal reveals the two distinct worlds between which the
Navajos are caught….The Navajos call themselves DINER – PEOPLE OF THE EARTH.
Care and reverence for the earth are part of their total livelihood. Yet strip-mining scars the land.
Power plants on the reservation cause pollution. The sluicing of coal to distant power plants, off the reservation, depletes the deep reserves of water, so important to the NAVAJO future.
Some of the most significant changes continue to occur in the field of education.
The Trailer Schools have been replaced by permanent public schools, under state, federal, or local community supervision.
Rough Rock Demonstration School, conducted by the Navajos, is attracting world-wide attention.
Also under tribal authority, Navajo Community College is the first college on any Indian Reservation. Basic subjects are taught here, but a great thrust of this college is to preserve the true values and heritage of the Navajo people, as they adjust to the changes which are invading their world.