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'We find ourselves in the middle'

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By The Staff

The National Park Service and Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation entitled We Find Ourselves in the Middle: Navajo Relocation and Relocatee-Host Conflicts The talk discusses the relations between Navajo relocatees from the Former Joint Use Area, their initial relations with their Navajo reservation hosts, the various disputes that ensued, and the long term impacts of the relocation.

Orit Tamir (Ph.D. 1993, Arizona State University) is a social and cultural professor of anthropology at NMHU who specializes in the consequences of change, development, and resettlement; religion beliefs and practices, applied anthropology, and ethnographic CRM work. Her ethnographic focus is on Southwest Indians. She conducted long-term field research among the Navajo Indians of Arizona as well as short-term field studies with various Indian tribes in the Southwest, and with Japanese-American survivors of World War Two internment camps. Orit has been a faculty member at NMHU since January 1997.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 127 Bridge St., in Las Vegas. The “Glimpses of the Past” series of programs are presented to the public free of charge, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. This program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, you may contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.