Abraham Lincoln and the Navajo Long Walk

This document, from the Library of Congress, sets aside land at the “Bosque Redondo Reserve” for use “as a reservation.”

The federal government planned to put the Navajo people on a "reservation" in order to “tame” them.

To reach the “reservation,” members of the Navajo Nation were required to walk from their existing lands to the Bosque Redondo Reserve.  President Lincoln approved this request in early 1864.

Many people died of cold and starvation during the “Long Walk.”  Old people and small infants suffered most.

Navajo people today still tell the story to their children.

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Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.



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