Canyon de Chelly
Administrative History
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"M I N U T E S
of the
July 7, 1925

The meeting was called to order by Hon. H. J. Hagerman, Commissioner to the Navajo Tribe, at 9:00 A. M., July 7, 1925.

Delegates and alternates were present as follows:

I. San Juan Jurisdiction (Shiprock)
    (a) Delegates:

1 Deshna Clahcheschillige
2 J. C. Morgan
3 Robert Martin

    (b) Alternates:

1 Hugh Lapaiae
2 Bob Bekis
3 Jimmie Curley

II. Navajo Jurisdiction (Fort Defiance)
    (a) Delegates:

1 Todechene Bardony
2 Hosteen Usahelin
3 Hosteen Yazzi Jesus
4 Louis Watchman

    (b) Alternatives:

1 Sam James
2 Ches-chille
3 Dugalchee
4 Claw Tsoi

III. Western Navajo Jurisdiction (Tuba City)
(a) Delegates:
1 George Bancroft
2 Zangenitzo

    (b) Alternates

1 Tsagenayazzie

IV. Leupp Jurisdiction (Leupp)
    (a) Delegate:

1 Hosteen Begoiden Bega

    (b) Alternate:

1 Perle La Kai Etsetty

V. Hopi Jurisdiction (Kaams Canon)
    (a) Delegate:

1 Hosteen Nez

    (b) Alternate:

1 Clah

Meeting called to order at 9:20 A.M. Wednesday, July 8, 1925.

Mr. Hagerman: I spoke to you about the matter of the possible desire of the government to make out of the Canon de Chelly a national monument; that is to set aside that canon and the Canon del Muerto and the other contiguous canons there as a national monument, in order to preserve the ruins and to prevent depredations from tourists and outside people, and at the same time permitting it to be visited, under regulations by an overseer, by people who could go in there and see it without taking the pottery and other remnants out of there. If that was done, it would be in the same position as the Inscription Rock is down there, and other national monuments under the supervision of the Department of the Interior, and in no way would it interfere with the grazing rights of the Indians or other residents there, but rather would protect them in their rights. The title would not be taken away in any way from the Indians or their treaty rights interfered with, but it would be merely set aside and protected as a monument—a national park—so that the ruins would be preserved and outsiders would be prevented from going in and looting the ruins.

Chee Dodge: The government would probably have to have a man there to look after it?

Mr. Hagerman: They would have to have a man there to look after it; but of course it would in no way interfere with the Indians but just prevent the other people from coming in and looting the ruins.

Chee Dodge: They are not going to charge the visitors for going in to look, are they?

Mr. Hagerman: No, I don't think so. But they will put someone in charge.

Chee Dodge: The government would put in roads there, would they?

Mr. Hagerman: 'Probably so. They would have to put someone in charge so those who go in could do no damage.

The matter of making a national monument out of the Canon de Chelly and contiguous canons was brought up and fully discussed by the Council, and on being put to vote it was unanimously agreed by the Councilmen that in their opinion it would be a good thing to bring this about, provided the grazing and other rights of the Indians are in no way interfered with.

The Indians around Chinle, through their delegate, stated that they would like to have the privilege of furnishing horses for tourists for the Canon de Chelly in case it is made a national monument. They stated that the horses are now furnished by the trader there, and it was requested that this matter be called to the attention of the Indian Office.

Deshna Clahcheschillige: Mr. Chairman, in regard to this National Monument at Canon de Chelly, I would like to bring up a point or two. In case a road should be built to this monument, we refuse to let out any of the tribal money for this road building, or for any other purpose around there.

Mr. Hagerman: Well I think that is right.


s/ Chee Dodge
Chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council.

s/ H. J. Hagerman
Commissioner to the Navajo Tribe.

s/ Mrs. A. C. Stone
Secretary of the 1925 meeting of the
Navajo Tribal Council."

"RESOLVED: That the Navajo Tribal Council assembled at Fort Wingate on July 8, 1930, approves the following bill to authorize the President of the United States to establish the Canon de Chelly National Monument within the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona.


To authorize the President of the United States to establish the Canyon de Chelly National Monument within the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona.


That with the consent of the Tribal Council of the Navajo Tribe of Indians, the President of the United States is hereby authorized to establish by presidential proclamation, the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, within the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona, including the lands hereinafter described.

Township 4 N., R. 7 W., N 1/2 Section 5, and NE 1/4 Section 6; T. 5 N., R. 7 W., S 1/2 Section 15, Section 19, S 1/2 Section 20, Section 21, Section 22, S 1/2 Section 23, N 1/2 Section 26, N 1/2 Section 27, N 1/2 Section 28, Sections 29, 30, 31, and 32; T. 3 N., R. 8 W., Section 4, E 1/2 Section 5; T. 4 N., R. 8 W., Sections 6 and 7, SW 1/4 Section 17, Sections 18 and 19, W 1/2 and SE 1/4 Section 20, Sections 29 and 30, N 112 Section 31, Sections 32 and 33; T. S N., R. 8 W., Section 7, Section 13, S 1/2 Section 14, S 1/2 and NW 1/4 Section 16, Sections 17 to 24 inclusive, N 1/2 Section 25, N 1/2 Section 26, Section 27, N 1/2 and SE 1/4 Section 28, N 1/2 Section 29, N 1/2 Section 30 and SW 1/4 Section 31; T. 6. N., R 8 W., N 1/2 Section 5, Section 3, Sections 4 to 8 inclusive, W 1/2 Section 18 and NW 1/4 Section 19; T. 7 N., R. 8 W., S 1/2 Section 33, Section 34 and W 1/2 Section 35; T. 4 N., R. 9 W., Sections 1 to 3 inclusive, E 1/2 Section 4, N 1/2 Section 10, N 1/2 Section 11, Sections 12 and 13, E 1/2 Section 24 and E 1/2 Section 25; T. 5 N., R. 9 W., Sections 4 to 31 inclusive, E 1/2 Section 33,, and Sections 34 to 36 inclusive; T. 6 N., R. 9 W., Sections 1 to 3 inclusive, Sections 10 to 15 inclusive, Sections 21 to 23 inclusive, N 1/2 Section 24; N 1/2 Section 26, Sections 27 to 29 inclusive, SE 1/4 Section 30 and Sections 31 to 34 inclusive; T. 5 N., R. 10 W., Sections 1 to 18 inclusive, N 1/2 Section 22, Sections 23 to 25 inclusive, N 1/2 Section 26, and N 1/2 Section 36; T. 6 N., R. 10 W., E 1/2 Section 34, Section 35 and S 1/2 Section 36, Embracing about 83840 acres of unsurveyed land, all west of the Navajo Meridian in Arizona.

SECTION 2. That nothing herein shall be construed as in any way impairing the right, title, and interest of the Navajo Tribe of Indians which they now have and hold to all lands and minerals including oil and gas and the surface use of such lands for agricultural, grazing and other purposes, except as herein after defined, and the said tribe of Indians shall be and is hereby granted the preferential right, under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, of furnishing riding animals for the use of visitors to the monument.

SECTION 3. That the National Park Service, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, is hereby charged with the administration of the area of said national monument, so far as it applies to the care, maintenance, preservation and restoration of the prehistoric ruins, or other features of scientific or historical interest within the area, and shall have the right to construct upon the lands such roads, trails or other structures or improvements as may be necessary in connection with the administration and protection of the monument, and also the right to provide facilities of any nature whatsoever required for the care and accommodation of visitors to the monument.

We, the undersigned, Deshne [sic] Clahcheschillige, Chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council, sitting at Fort Wingate, New Mexico, on July 7th and 8th, 1930, and H. J. Hagerman, Special Commissioner to Negotiate with Indians, charged by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs with the conduct of said Council, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the resolution passed at said Navajo Tribal Council at its meeting on July 8th, 1930.

s/ Deshna Clah Cheschillige
Chairman Navajo Tribal Council

s/ H. J. Hagerman
Special Commissioner to Negotiate
with Indians."

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