Political Endeavors of the Navajo Indians
The fundamental directive of this paper is to hopefully supply the sufficient background which is needed in this country to deal with the Navajos and their problems on a humanistic level. It attempts (ideologically) to suggest partial answers to some questions which are vital in dealing with any minority group. How can knowledge of a peoples' history and politics, of their hopes and fears, of their unspoken assumptions about the nature of human life and experience, give a reasonable administrator some idea of what to expect from a particular policy and how to present that policy in a manner which evokes trust and cooperation? To keep the Navajo from being neither dehumanized nor from being forced to assimilate into the white world? For Navajos are human beings. They too have had to face all the perennial problems with which mankind must somehow deal, and this study reveals one particular process - politics - through which The People have coped with some of these problems.