Navajo Superintendent Annual Reports, 1919


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- 13 jurisdiction are self- supporting depending mostly on the live stock industry. Many able bodied men work on the railroad and coal mines for a livelihood while their wifes and children attend to the flocks. During the winter of 1918 to 1919 which was very severe in this section, the Nava jos lost a great number of sheep and cattle. So far I have been unable to learn the percentage of the loss, this was due to the deep snows and on account of the drough the past year. However, the land crop was good and offset this loss to a great extent. Owing to the high price of breeding stock this year, the Indians are unable to make any purchases. I have made several inquiries about rams for these people and find that the cheapest I can get rams for is$ 47. 00 per head and the Indians are unable to pay that price for breeding animals and it is necessary for them to content themselves with the stock they have on hand for breeding purposes. Quite a number of Indians on the public domain have leased land from the Santa Fe R. R. Co. This reservation is not adapted to the dairying industry owing to the lack of forage. As stated in my former report the Navajo School has a fine dairy Barn and the request is now before your office for the purchase of a good dairy herd. The Indian women on the reservation have manufactured

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