Navajo (also spelled Navaho) originally inhabited the Southwestern United States and are now the second
largest Native American tribe of Northern
The Navajo Land that was home to the
tribe, is indicated on the Southwest Indian Land
Map, which was occupied
by the Navajo before the arrival of the
The Navajo had never
experienced the way of the Europeans
especially in relation to the subject of
ownership of Navajo land became the source
of the bitter conflicts between the white
European settlers, the U.S. and the Native
Southwest Indians and
The Navajo Native Americans lived in harmony with
the land which was emphasized by the their
culture, religion and beliefs. The idea of
an individual person having exclusive use of
a particular piece of land was completely
alien to Native Americans.
Navajo Land - Ownership?
The Navajo fought, as communities,
with other tribes over hunting rights to their
territory. But the "right" to the land was
very different from the legal terms
understood by the white settlers relating to individual ownership. The
Navajo Indians had no concept of "private
property," as applied to the land, but
were soon to experience this European idea,
through the constant encroachment on the
tribal territories and Navajo
Navajo Land - Wars and Conflicts
The Navajo joined forces with the Pueblo
tribe and forced the Spaniards out of the
area following the
Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In
the 1780s, the Spanish sent military
expeditions against the Navajo.
The American Indian Wars is the name used in
the United States to describe a series of
wars, battles and conflicts between American
settlers or the U.S. army, and the Native
American Indians before and after the
American Revolutionary War. In the 1840s the
United States Army arrived in the area
during the Mexican American War. There were
many conflicts between the Navajo and the
US. Treaties were made and then broken.
Navajo Land - Moved to the Reservation
The Navajo conflicts continued until Colonel
Kit Carson conducted an expedition into
Navajo land and receive their surrender on
July 20, 1863. Starting in the spring of
1864, around 9,000 Navajo men, women and
children were forced on 'The Long Walk' of
over 300 miles (480 km) to a reservation at
Fort Sumner in New Mexico.
Navajo Land - Dawes General
The Dawes General Allotment Act was passed
by Congress in 1887 which led to the break
up of the large Indian Reservations and the
sale of Indian lands, including Navajo
lands to white settlers.
Navajo Land - Tribal Map
The Tribe location map provides a general
overview of the tribal territories and land
various tribes of Native Indians.
The Tribe Location Map provides a bird's
eye view of the most famous Native American
Indian groups and their
proximately to other Native American
their tribal territories.
Navajo Native Indians, together with
the other Native American tribes, were removed from their land
and sent to inhospitable reservations.
They waited until
1969 when all Indians were declared citizens
of the U.S.
Navajo Land - Tribe Location Map
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