San Juan School Annual Reports, 1926


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Annual Report, 1926 San Juan Agency Utah, 45 miles north west of Shiprock, and one at Tocito, 29 miles south of Shiprock. These employees are both furnished with a Ford car, the man at Aneth also has a sadale horse, and each covers as large a portion of the reservetion as he is physically able. They spend their entire time in the field, advising and assisting in ag ricultural and stock raising operations, advising and as sisting in the construction and maintenance of little privately owned irrigation structures, settling ais putes, etc., etc. However, even with their best efforts, there are considerable portions of the reservation that see their faces not oftener than three or four times a year The Stockman, equipped with a car, also spends his entire time in the field, visiting with the" ndians, advising as to the care and maintenance of their flocks, inspecting suspected bands for scabies or disease, dipping infected herds, etc., etc, incidentally settling disputes as they come to his attention. Mr. Sophus Jensen has been acting in this capacity for the past three years, during which time both scabies and lice have been brought under complete control. At the time of his assuming this posi tion the reservation was under quarantine which was soon raised as a result of his intelligent activities. Mr Jensen is energetic and eficient, well liked by the Indians as well as by the reprosen tatives of the Bureau of Animal Industry with whom we deal The Navajos are sheep raisers, and not in any sense farmers. Every Navajo owns sheep, whereas, the acreage available for agricultural purposes is exceedingly lin ited. We have no means of knowing how many acres the San Juan Navajo crop but, in the opinion of the Super intendent, it would fall short of 10, 000 acres. Even so, every acre that can be watered is cropped and usually a considerable acreage is seeded upon which the crop is more or less of a failure because of shortage of water. If the snow- fall in the hills is sufficient to cause the arroyas to run in the spring, this water is diverted into their fields and perni tted to run there so long as there be any water in the arroya. Then the corn is planted and if the July rains come they are reasonably sure of a crop. If the snow- fall in the mountains is not sufficient to cause the arroyas to run, they do not attempt to plant any corn. If the July rains fail to materialize the crops fail and the efforts wasted. 37

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