INDIANS: Winter of Death?

As the chill of autumn descended on their piñon-dotted desert lands last week, the Navajo Indians prepared their hearts for punishment at the hands of their old enemy, the United States of America. When winter came—the 84th winter since Kit Carson had defeated them in honorable war—it seemed almost certain that many of them were to die.

It was a difficult thing for the Navajos to understand. The U.S. had had its chance to kill them after their surrender in 1864. Blue-clad, tobacco-chewing U.S. cavalrymen had rounded them up, marched them like cattle 300 miles from Arizona Territory to New...

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