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Newspaper Navajo Times (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1960-1984

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About Navajo Times (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1960-1984

The Navajo Times started in 1959 as a monthly newsletter published by the Education Committee of the Navajo Tribe in Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. Dillon Platero, chairman of the Tribal Council’s Education Committee, was the first editor and publisher. The inaugural issue stated: “The primary purpose of the newspaper is to serve the 6,000 Navajo children who are attending off-reservation schools. It is hoped that this newspaper will keep them informed about what is happening on their Reservation. It is also hoped that this is a step toward supplying the Navajo people with an ever-increasing flow of information.” In these early years, the paper reported frequently about education and was circulated to dozens of Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.

The publication suspended for a few months in 1960 before re-emerging in August of that year as the Navajo Times, a twice-monthly newspaper run by the Navajo Tribe, with “Voice of Scenic Navajoland” printed under its masthead. The paper reported news of interest to the Navajo community, with the slogan “Published for…owned by…The Navajo People” appearing for many years. It covered local news and events, from birth announcements to town meetings, elections, and happenings in other Native communities. The paper had a “My Opinion” section with photos and quotes of community members, as well as tribal news, editorials, letters to the editor, sports, and comics.

For many years, the slogan was “Official newspaper of the Navajo Tribe.” The Times became a weekly starting in April 1961, with the Navajo Tribe listed as publisher and the announcement on the front page: “Navajo Times Now Tribal Enterprise.” There were several editors over the years; some of the longer-serving included Chester A. MacRorie, who came and went from the paper multiple times; Marshall Tome; and Paul Natonabah, who was also a longtime photographer for the Times.

The newspaper’s relationship with the tribal government, which funded and oversaw it for many years, sometimes created tension between its editors and the council. As reported in the Arizona Republic, MacRorie was editor of the Times 1961-1964 before resigning because he felt that the Tribal Council was attempting to control the news. MacRorie was later rehired to the paper, and in a February 1966 issue, he reported that “with this issue of the Navajo Times the newspaper takes its first step as a free press by resolution of the Navajo Tribal Council.”

The newspaper continued as a weekly until 1984, when its name changed to the Navajo Times Today and was published daily. Three years later, the title changed back to Navajo Times, and since then has been published weekly. Tom Arviso, Jr., who had been at the Times for many years as a reporter and editor, became publisher in 1993 and CEO of Navajo Times Publishing Company in 2004. The Navajo Times is still published today, independent from the Tribal Council, and with the subheading “Diné Bi Naaltsoos” [“Newspaper of the Navajo People”].

Provided By: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ

About this Newspaper


  • Navajo Times (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1960-1984


  • Navajo Tribe of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah
  • Navajo Tribe of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah. Public Relations Department

Dates of Publication

  • 1960-1984

Created / Published

  • Window Rock, Ariz. : Navajo Tribe, 1960-1984.


  • -  Indians of North America--Arizona--Newspapers
  • -  Navajo Indians--Arizona--Newspapers
  • -  Window Rock (Ariz.)--Newspapers
  • -  Apache County (Ariz.)--Newspapers
  • -  Indians of North America
  • -  Navajo Indians
  • -  Arizona
  • -  Arizona--Apache County
  • -  Arizona--Window Rock
  • -  United States--Arizona--Apache--Window Rock


  • Periodicals
  • Newspapers
  • Native American newspapers


  • -  Weekly, May 3-July 12, 1984
  • -  Vol. 1, issue 1 (Aug. 4, 1960)-v. 27, no. 48 (July 12, 1984).
  • -  Masthead ill.: Family in wagon on road, sun shining in the west.
  • -  "Voice of Scenic Navajoland."
  • -  "Published for ... Owned by ... The Navajo Tribe."
  • -  Danky, J.P. Native American periodicals and newspapers 1828-1982 307-309
  • -  Available on microfilm from Southwest Micrographic Pub. Co.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  A project of the Public Relations and Information Dept. of the Navajo Tribe, Feb. 1962-Dec. 1963; of the Public Relations Dept., 1964-1984.
  • -  Continues the suspended Navajo times (Window Rock, Ariz. : 1959).
  • -  Navajo times today 8750-3468 (DLC)sn 84002329 (OCoLC)11130944


  • volumes : illustrations ; 58 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper
  • E99.N3 N335

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn85047513

OCLC Number

  • 1606465

ISSN Number

  • 0470-5106

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Navajo Times Window Rock, Ariz. -1984. (Window Rock, AZ), Jan. 1 1960.

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Navajo Times Window Rock, Ariz. -1984. (Window Rock, AZ) 1 Jan. 1960. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,