Letter to the Editor: Canyon de Chelly should be more prevalent

To the editor:

The new design on Navajo Transit buses with the Navajo Code Talker with Widow Rock in the background is just great. However, as a traditional person, I believe a background of Canyon de Chelly would have been more appropriate in terms of Navajo cultural and historical significance.

Canyon de Chelly was a fortress during Navajos battles with the Mexican and later American Military campaigns against the Diné.

Window Rock, while beautiful and colorful is not a good place in Navajo cultural history. In the old days, children were told not to go near the site because a monster snake lies there and it can take your mind and bring misfortune to your life.

When Ben Shelly and Rex Lee Jim took offices I suggested to them that they seriously consider moving the tribal headquarters away from the site, raze all the buildings there and put the site in a natural setting. The council chamber can be converted to a visitor center for tourists.


Daniel Peaches



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