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Navajos Commemorate Anniversary Of 1868 Treaty

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Leaders on the nation's largest American Indian reservation are marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

The signing of the agreement a century and a half ago signaled the end of a difficult chapter for Navajos that included their forced removal from their homeland in the Four Corners area of the Southwest and years of captivity at Bosque Redondo, part of Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico.

The treaty that allowed for their return home is being commemorated Friday in the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock, Arizona, with the culmination of a 14-day run that began at Fort Sumner, and public remarks.

An original copy of the treaty on loan from the National Archives is on public display at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock for the month of June.