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Arizona’s Navajo and the Long Walk

by Margaret Willard

In the mid-1800s, the government forced Navajo people to flee Arizona and head toward New Mexico. Over 50 deportation walks occurred during that time, but the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo was the most historical. 

In 1864, after being threatened by the government, the Navajo people began the 18-day journey. The group was unequipped and uninformed, and as a result, at least 200 people died.

Throughout their journey, some Navajo people fled, some were captured and turned into slaves, and of those who made it to New Mexico, approximately 9,000 were forced to settle on 40 square miles of land.

– Amanda Fox, The 100 Companies

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