Navajo Nation treaty signed 137 years ago today

The Navajo Nation is marking the 137th anniversary of the signing of its treaty with the United States.

The June 1, 1868 treaty [Text] recognized the tribe's sovereignty over its vast three-state territory. It was signed after the U.S. government imprisoned more than 8,000 Navajos at a fort in New Mexico.

The treaty takes on special significance this year with the opening of a new visitor's center at Fort Sumner. The center, designed by a Navajo architect, will honor the Navajo and Apache people who were kept at the fort.

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