Bosque Redondo

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The name of the small, forty-square-mile reservation that the Navajo people were forcibly moved to in 1863-1864. Kit Carson and his New Mexican army led approximately 8,000 Navajo away from their traditional home and onto this designated land to be shared with the Apache, in what is now known as the Long Walk. The site is a place of trauma and symbolizes the violence of U.S. colonialism against the Dine.

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"Navajo Indian captives under guard at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, circa 1864," photograph by United States Army Signal Corps. Palace of the Governors Photo Archive, New Mexico History Museum (028534)

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