The Long Walk of the Navajo Nation

In this episode of BaerTalk I talk about the history of the Navajo people with Patrick Moore, Executive Director of New Mexico Historic Sites, and Manuelito Wheeler, Director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe in North America, with a population of approximately 400,000. Its territory is located in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, covering an area roughly the size of the State of West Virginia.

My guests discuss the history of American expansion into the West and its impact on the Navajo people. The nadir of this history was the so-called Long Walk, when close to 10,000 Navajos were forced to march from their homelands to an internment camp at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The internment was a humanitarian disaster, and after three years the United States agreed to allow the Navajo return to their homeland, with the Navajo Treaty of 1868. My guests talk about the new Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, and encourage everyone to come pay a visit. 

You can listen to the episode below, or through standard podcast platforms like iTunes, Spotify, etc. Hope you enjoy the conversation.

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