Editorial: Trading posts were vital to reservation economies

"The Daily Times recently published a three-part series on the history of trading posts on the Navajo Nation and the viability of the trading industry in today's economy.

The stories explored the sometimes tumultuous relationship between American Indian artists and Anglo traders, but they also uncovered deep relationships between the two cultures that continue today.

Looking to the past can be an educational or nostalgic experience. It also can help people learn from past errors.

Trading posts, though never perfect, provided a way for early settlers to make a living and for American Indians to get necessities to live and progress in a modern world."

Get the Story:
EDITORIAL: Trading posts proved a bigger importance (The Farmington Daily Times 4/3)

Navajo Trading Post Series:
Navajo Nation trading posts: From vital part of community to bygone relics (The Farmington Daily Times 3/25)
Navajo Nation trading posts: Federal, tribal regulations take toll on trading (The Farmington Daily Times 3/26)
Navajo Nation trading posts: Sticking it out for the long haul (The Farmington Daily Times 3/27)

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