Treaty of 1868 comes to Navajo Museum


Last updated 7/17/2018 at 9:41am

Navajo Nation

Museum visitors view a newly discovered photo of Navajo leaders taken at Fort Sumner.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.-One hundred and fifty years ago, leaders from the United States and the Navajo Nation etched their signatures on a treaty that reunited the Navajo people with their homeland in the desert Southwest.

Written on paper torn from an Army ledger book, the Treaty of 1868 ended the forced exile of the Navajo people and their incarceration at Bosque Redondo, a camp at New Mexico's Fort Sumner where more than 10,000 Navajo were interned.

Between 1863 and 1866, the U.S. Army forced the Navajo to walk as far as 400 miles from their homes to the camp, where they struggled to survive....

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