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Power LinesPhoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest$
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Andrew Needham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139067

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139067.001.0001

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A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

(p.213) Chapter 7 A Piece of the Action
Power Lines

Andrew Needham

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on how Navajo nationalism attempted to alter the spatial dynamics that subordinated Navajo claims to control their land to metropolitan demands for inexpensive power. Metropolitan demand produced the notion that Navajos possessed massive mineral wealth, and this allowed young activists to imagine the Nation as space colonized by the greedy cities of the Southwest. It allowed Navajo leader Peter MacDonald to imagine the formation of a Navajo state powerful enough to control the distribution of power in the region. Moreover, all versions of Navajo nationalism recognized that metropolitan growth depended on the resources located on their land. As such, Navajo nationalists attempted to manipulate the Southwestern cities' dependence on Indian resources to produce meaningful power within the region.

Keywords:   Navajo nationalism, metropolitan demands, Navajo land, Peter MacDonald, Navajo state, power, metropolitan growth, Navajo nationalists, Indian resources

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