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There are many ways to access the Navajo Times through our library. Learn how here!

About the Navajo Times

The Navajo Times started in 1959 as a monthly newsletter published by the Education Committee of the Navajo Tribe in Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. Dillon Platero, chairman of the Tribal Council’s Education Committee, was the first editor and publisher. Over the past half century, its editorial staff has continually faced challenges for editorial control from political leaders and opponents. In 2004 the newspaper established financial independence from the tribal council, with the subheading “Diné Bi Naaltsoos.”

Hardcopy Access

All three Diné College libraries carry hardcopies of the latest issues (usually up to 3 months) of the Navajo Times at the help desk and are available upon request. Hard copies must be read in the library and cannot be checked out. 

Online Access - Databases

Access the latest coverage of the Navajo Times through the following databases. Both databases provide full text articles and citation information. Please note that text only is provided (no pictures). Must be accessed from campus or using Off Campus Login (DC Students, Faculty, and Staff only)

  • NewsBank (Coverage: 2008-Present) - NewsBank offers the latest issues of the Navajo Times, with fully searchable text and citation tools. The Navajo Times is linked on the database's home page. Under "Quick Links" on the right side of the page, scroll down and the newspaper will be anchored there (see pic below). 

  • Ethnic NewWatch (Coverage: February 8, 1995-February 7, 2013) - Provides earlier coverage of the Navajo Times in conjunction with other types of resources related to minorities. Includes fully searchable text and citation tools. To browse issues and articles, click on "Publications" on the top navigation bar and search for "Navajo Times."


Online Access - Historical Scans

Full Historical scans of the Navajo Times are available from the following databases: 

  • American Indian Newspapers (Coverage: November 01, 1959-December 29, 2016) - Fully searchable high definition scans with full citation information. Scans can be downloaded into PDF format. On the homepage, click on "Newspapers" in the top navigation bar. Wait for the page to fully load and click on "Navajo Times" (see below). Must be access on-campus or using off-campus log-in with WarriorWeb ID.

  • Navajo Times by The Arizona Memory Project (Coverage: November 01, 1959-December 19, 1963) - High definition scans. Scans can be downloaded and printed. Open Access (no WarriorID required). Coverage from 1959-1960 is here. Coverage from 1960-1984 is here