Navajo people

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The Navajo People (Navajo: Diné or Naabeehó) are a tribe of Native Americans from the southwestern part of the United States. The Navajo tribe has about 300,000 members. It is the second largest tribe in the United States.[1] The Navajo Nation is an independent government that runs a large Native American reservation[2] in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.[3] Many Navajo live there, but not all of them. Most Navajo speak English. Some speak the Navajo language, The Navajo have many things in common with the Apache tribe, and the two groups may share a common ancestry.[a]

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  1. DNA evidence shows a possible common ancestor of both the Navajo and Apache (and other tribes) "if one reaches far enough back in time". It could also be explained by a long period of contact (mixing) between the two tribes.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Stella U. Ogunwole, 'The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000, Census 2000 Brief (Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau, February 2002), p. 10
  2. David E. Wilkins, The Navajo Political Experience (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013), pp. xviii–xix
  3. Lawrence W. Cheek; Edie Jarolim, Arizona (New York: Fodor's, 2004), p. 112
  4. Jessica Dawn Palmer, The Apache Peoples: A History of All Bands and Tribes Through the 1880s (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013), p. 28