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A Navajo horseman rides through downtown Albuquerque in July 1968 as part of the 100th anniversary reenactment of The Long Walk to Bosque Redondo. Rex Harrison’s movie “Doctor Dolittle” was playing at a theater.
Bosque Redondo, Long Walk, treaty are Southwest survival stories

It’s a human thing, I think, that nearby things and people get less attention. So it was for the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial and George Dodge Jr., a Santa Rosa businessman. Then Dodge, a Democrat, became a state representative. With De Baca County, home to the Bosque Redondo Memorial, in his district, Dodge’s perspective changed.

Dodge shared the story on a hot Saturday, June 9, at the memorial, as part of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the June 1, 1868, signing of the treaty releasing Navajos from the concentration camp (today’s common term), allowing them to go home, and establishing the Navajo Nation.

For the Navajo Nation, 2018 is the Year of the Treaty.

June was full of commemoration events at Window Rock and other locations.

One of three treaty documents is now displayed at the Memorial, which is seven miles southeast of Fort Sumner. It’s a big deal; it’s important.

Navajos came to Bosque Redondo as prisoners of war, rounded up by soldiers led by Col. Kit Carson. Carson also got some of the Mescalero Apache people to Bosque Redondo, though without the scorched earth campaign conducted against the Navajos.