The Navajo Treaty of 1868: A Personal Story

Today's post comes from C.P. Weaver, a descendant of Indian Peace Commissioner Samuel F. Tappan. She found an original copy of the 1868 Navajo Treaty in her family home.  On June 1, 1868, Indian Peace Commissioners Gen. William T. Sherman and Samuel F. Tappan signed a treaty with the Navajo Nation at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. … Continue reading The Navajo Treaty of 1868: A Personal Story

The Navajo Treaty Travels to the Navajo Nation

Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, senior registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Office. On a cool Sunday morning under a cloudless blue sky, I was standing on the loading dock at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. I was there with the museum director, Manuelito (Manny) Wheeler, and Navajo Chief Ranger Stan … Continue reading The Navajo Treaty Travels to the Navajo Nation

Congratulations to our 2013 Research Fellows!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Research Fellowships! Fellows will be doing research at six of our archival facilities across the country. These fellowships are funded by the Foundation for the National Archives. The National Archives at Boston Claire M. Dunning, a graduate student at Harvard University, will be doing research for "Neither Public Nor … Continue reading Congratulations to our 2013 Research Fellows!

Unbreakable: Remembering the Code Talkers

Keith Hill passed away yesterday at the age of 87. He was  president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and Congressional Silver Medal recipient. At 17, he joined the Navajo Code Talkers, a group of men who used their Native American language to communicate and coordinate the movements of Marines in the Pacific Theater during World … Continue reading Unbreakable: Remembering the Code Talkers