Navajo Superintendent Annual Reports, 1923


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SECTION IV,- INDUSTRIES. The Navajo8 of this reservation are sheep heerders, many of them own large flooks and some own a great number of cattle and ponies. The up- breeding of their stock is of the greatest importance, so that their she op will produce finer wool and their lambs bring better prices on the market, and their stock make better beef. On this reservation I would estimate that 75 per cent of the she op are improved about 50 per cent of the cattle. The Indians themselves are very interested in the improvement of their shoep; they realize the benefits to be had in the production of better wool and that better lambs bring higher prices, eto., and they look forward each year to the profit to be gained. The acreage farmed by the Navajos is not increased to any extent, however they raise an abundance of corn, potatoes and various kinds of vegetables. Dry farming is the principal methods used here; the Indians irrigate their fields in the spring with flood waters and when the soil becomes we 11 saturated with water they let it remain for several days and they then plant their crops, and through proper cultivation they manage to tide their or ops over until the rainy season begins, and in this way they are able to produce a great deal of food stuff for their own u se. Nearly every family on this reservation cultivates a certain amount of land so that they can have corn and other vegetables for their use. There are no allotments on the treaty reservation. There were a few allotments made on the executive or der reservation in 1907 and 1908. Quite a number of Indians on the public domain have been allotted and have received trust patents for their allotments. The general class of improvements on this reservation - 10

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