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   Navajo Times, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1971, Window Rock, Arizona                                Volume 12 Number 51 Window Arizona lOc December Navajo College Gets Early Christmas Gift opening the new bridge at the Torreon located 27 miles west of The ceremony held last toft to right Superintendent of the Eastern Navajo Edward Charlie Medicineman Alfred Councilman Joe and Chapter President Charlie Estimated cost of the bridge was Staff Photo Tribal Credited for Emergency Employment Funds By Editor A Department of Labor representative who is coordinating the Public Employment Program and numerous other Labor Department operations here is convinced mat Chairman Peter MacDonald was the instrumental person in getting the amount of emergency employment funds MESSAGE TO taike this opporJuniiry to greeting during this Holiday May this Christmas bring you pers and peace of mind and that you will share the spirit of Christmas with your friends and loved We take this opportunity also to thank each of you for your guidance and The strength and the progress of our nation if enhanced by our our cooperation and tolerance for weakness that exist in each of We are imaginative and progressive enough to join hands with the men and women of all races and to fashion our Christmas spirit for prompting Let us look to the new year with new new remembering the ONE from whom all blessings Peter MacDonald ChairmanNavajo Tribal Council Wilson CSktet Vice Chairman NavaioTribal Council raised from the original million for all Indians to Expressing his personal Sim Traw told the Navajo Times Through Chairman MacDonalds efforts alone the other Indians benefited by the program being raised to Traw pointed out that the original Indian amount of million for all Indians is less than the amount of funds awarded to i the Navajos Mot only did thq Chairman provide leadership for the Navajos but effective leadership for all Indian tribes in the United Traw Wallace Director of the Public Employment Program which is designed to provide jobs and opportunities for the unem ployed and the in the same press conference told the that MacDonald is not stopping with this ac complishment The Chairman made a statement to the Council that he was trying to get an additional million for various tribal As much as the million already allocated sounds it is only a touch in providing jobs for the 65 percent unemployed on the Hanley Hanley added that the number of people in the unemployed and underemployed categories who are Navajo Community College and its host of supporters both in the Navajo Nation and throughout the world got an early Christmas gift last week with the signing by President Nixon of the Navajo Community College This legislation is a historic precedent for the participation and involvement of Indians in the higher education of their It authorizes Congress to ap propriate million a year to operate the This allocation is based upon the costs incurred by the BIA in the education of children on an in dividual breakdown of the funding needed per This bill is a historic occasion for the Navajo people for generations to Chairman Peter MacDonald The day the bill was signed into law by the President the MacDonald ad ministration proclaimed the Navajo Community College MacDonald on the occasion It restores to the Navajo people the opportunity to educate their children and the opportunity to bring our children up in our tradition as well as to teach them the skills they need to be resour ceful in a technological Previous to the passage of the legislation so vital to the Navajo MacDonald had sent a message to the Nixon ad ministration and to Congress urging support for NCC bill In part he stated that the Navajo people had worked and dreamed a Ipng time for the establishment of their own He said the ef forts had been successful with 525 full time equivelent students at tending the MacDonald noted that borrowed facilities were being used and that contracts totalling over J7 million for phase I construction had bee It is important to note that of the million presently available for phase I construction none has come from the Bureau of Indian he 2250 makes it possible for the BIA to provide a limited amount of support for the he 1 believe it vital to support the efforts of the Navajo people to help MacDonald in urging passage of the bill said the alternative to passage of the bill was continued if the bill passed he said the Navajo people will be able to take greater strides toward greater selfdetermination and will more quickly take their rightful place as proud and con tributing American MacDonald stressed in the message requesting Congressional support of the billrwhich later was resoundingly passedpy Congress and signed by the President into noted the broad past support by the Navajo Tribal Council and a large variety of outside He said the is whether the BIA should operate and fund and control the college or whether through passage of this legislation the Navajo people can be given the necessary assistance in partially supporting the college so that the partnership of support and the principal of Navajo control remains Following successful passage of the important bill the Chairman gavecredit to the Navajo people and the Navajo Tribal Council for their their their and their Continued on Page 7 Office of todtai Water te   

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