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August 27, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until the day this spring when six American Indians walked into the San Juan County Courthouse, the Navajos of southern Utah had offered little resistance to the steady encroachment of white settlers into the starkly beautiful canyons along the San Juan River. Soon after the first Mormon wagons arrived in 1880, the Navajos were confined to the barren lands of a reservation. They languished in poverty while the Mormon settlers built prosperous towns and established farms of wheat and alfalfa.
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August 27, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until the day this spring when six American Indians walked into the San Juan County Courthouse, the Navajos of southern Utah had offered little resistance to the steady encroachment of white settlers into the starkly beautiful canyons along the San Juan River. Soon after the first Mormon wagons arrived in 1880, the Navajos were confined to the barren lands of a reservation. They languished in poverty while the Mormon settlers built prosperous towns and established farms of wheat and alfalfa.
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