Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Ground' Relates Oil's Impact on Navajos.

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

* This is a story of oil barons, greedy politicians and their effects on the tribe

Kathleen P. Chamberlain's history of oil production and the Navajo people cuts a thick slice from the rich offering that is the story of petroleum exploitation in the United States.

Fans of both history and oil got a real taste of petroleum's mark on the United States and the world by reading Daniel Yergin's 1992 Pulitzer-winner "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power."

Chamberlain's enthno-history digs deep into the same territory, but her boundaries are more intimate to New Mexicans.

She explores the idea that much of the Navajo Nation's modern political culture was created to give Washington politicos and their oil-seeking business friends early access to oil prospecting on the Navajos' land in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. …

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