Navajo Superintendent Annual Reports, 1919


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- 12 this water is diverted to the ir fields and gardens. The Indians this year will have a great deal of corn, potatoes and hay to sell which will be a surplus of their actual subsistence. Better tools and implements are being used and the Indians would make use of more if same could be purchased at a reasonable price. During the last council they stated to me that they are much in need of wagonss, cultivators, War plows, harrows and mowing machines. During the talk these implements have trebled in price and they are unable to purchase same for their use. At this council they requested that I ask the Indian office to furnish these implements whereby they could pay for same in labor, as the office was able to get them much cheaper than they could by buying from dealers. All ablebodied Navajos make an effort to raise some kind of a crop; such as corn, beans, potatoes, melons, etc. Stock raising istheir business and farming and gardening is only a side issue to them. Nearly every family on and off the reservation have land fenced for garden and pasture for their sadale ponies. There are several hundred miles of roads on the reservation which are partially kept up by the Indians for their own conveniences. There are no attotments on this reservation. There are a great number of allotments on the public domain made to Indian in order to protect their homes and improvements. The general class of improvements on these allotments are hogans, corrals, summer hogans and implement sheds with a few acres of land cultivated for their garden and cornfields. With a few exceptions all Navajos under this

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