The Navajo Nation Timeline

Timeline created by mgillooly18
  • Jan 1, 1100

    Navajo (Diné) Beginnings

    Navajo (Diné) Beginnings
    Origin stories of the Diné (Navajo) tell of First Man and First Woman leading the Diné through a succession of worlds until a flood brings them to the present Glittering World. In this world the Navajo settle in Diné Bikéyah, the Navajo homeland, bound by the four sacred mountains.
  • Jan 1, 1200

    Culture

    Culture
    Distinctive Navajo culture emerges from 1200-1500 AD. Believed to have been born to Earth centuries earlier, a distinctive Navajo culture takes hold in the Four corners area of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Jan 1, 1581

    Spanish Contact

    Spanish Contact
    First Spanish contact with Navajos
  • Massacre at Canyon de Chelly

    Massacre at Canyon de Chelly
    Spanish soldiers kill more than 100 Navajo women, children, and elders hiding in a cave
  • The Long Walk

    The Long Walk
    Native captives are force to marched on the Long Walk to Fort Sumner, 350 miles east in New Mexico, and many died. One group, led by Hoskininni, fled from Monument Valley.
  • Reservations Begin

    Reservations Begin
    Treaty of Bosque Redondo creates a Navajo Reservation
  • Navajo Tribal Council Created

    Navajo Tribal Council Created
    Navajo communities are organized into chapters
  • Indian Affairs

    Indian Affairs
    Roosevelt appointed a commissioner of Indian Affairs, who advocated a system of livestock reduction to alleviate soil erosion problems in conflict with the importance of livestock to the Navajo.
  • Indian Regorganization Act

    Indian Regorganization Act
    The Navajo reject the Indian Reorganization Act because it is identified with livestock reduction
  • Marine Navajo Code Talkers in World War II

    Marine Navajo Code Talkers in World War II
    Navajo Marines use their language as a battlefield code, which the enemy is unable to decipher.
  • Annie Wauneka

    Annie Wauneka
    First woman elected to Navajo Tribal Council
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (MVNTP)

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (MVNTP)
    The first Navajo tribal park is established
  • Navajo Museam

    Navajo Museam
    The Navajo Tribal Museum established at Window Rock
  • The New Najavo (Dine) Nation

    The New Najavo (Dine) Nation
    Navajo Tribal Council declares the reservation the Navajo Nation, also adopts the Navajo flag
  • Navajo Community College

    Navajo Community College
    The first Native-operated college opens on the reservation
  • Dine Tourism

    Dine Tourism
    Navajo Toursim Department established
  • Peterson Zah

    Peterson Zah
    Due to Government reform, the first Navajo president elected was Peterson Zah
  • Medal of Honor -- Code Talkers

    Medal of Honor -- Code Talkers
    President Clinton approves Congressional Medal of Honor for WWII code talkers
  • Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education

    Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education
    The Navajo Council acts to promote the goals of the Navajo Sovereignty in Education Act of 2005 which include the establishment and management of a Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education, to confirm the commitment of the Navajo Nation to the education of the Navajo People, to repeal obsolete language, and to update and reorganize the existing language
  • MVNTP Anniversary

    MVNTP Anniversary
    50th anniversary of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (MVNTP)
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    Navajo History