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CHIEF YELLOWHORSE
JUAN YELLOWHORSE WAS BORN MARCH 23, 1930.  HE WAS FROM THE TOWERING HOUSE PEOPLE CLAN AT WILDE
RUINS, ARIZONA.  HE WAS A NAVAJO INDIAN.

HIS PARENTS WERE PIONEERS OF INDIAN TRADING THROUGHOUT THE FOUR CORNERS AREA.
(COLORADO, ARIZONA, UTAH AND NEW MEXICO.

YOUNG JUAN YELLOWHORSE WAS A PROUD NAVAJO INDIAN.   HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY WELL AS A NAVY AIRMAN.  HE
WAS A CHIEF NAVIGATOR FROM 1948 TO 1958.  HE FLEW
69 MISSIONS INTO WEST BERLIN TO SUPPLY
SURVIVORS WHILE WEST BERLIN WAS BEING
DIVIDED AND UNDER COMMUNIST RULE.

JUAN YELLOWHORSE SAW THE BERLN WALL BUILT.  HE FELT IN HIS HEART THAT SOME DAY THAT BARRIER WOULD
COME DOWN.  HE BELIEVED THAT IT WAS
NOT GOOD TO DIVIDE A NATION.
LAND OF THE NAVAJO
BACK HOME ON THE RESERVATION, YELLOWHORSE WORKED FOR THE NAVAJO POLICE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.  
BUT HIS GOAL WAS INDIAN TRADING.

JUAN YELLOWHORSE GAINED THE HONORED TITLE OF "CHIEF YELLOWHORSE."  HE BLAZED A TRAIL ALONG ROUTE 66 AS AN INDIAN TRADER.  HE LOVED AND ENJOYED THE
EVERYDAY PEOPLE THAT HE TOUCHED.

CHIEF YELLOWHORSE BOUGHT THE OLD MILLER TRADING POST AT LUPTON, ARIZONA IN 1960.  IT IS LOCATED AT
THE ARIZONA-NEW MEXICO BORDER.  HE NAMED IT
"CHIEF YELLOWHORSE TRADING POST."
  CHIEF YELLOWHORSE HAD CORRALED BUFFALO FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE.  THERE WAS NO TAX ON THE RESERVATION, SO CIGARETTES WERE CHEAP WHICH ENTICED TOURISTS
AS WELL AS LOCALS.

ALONG ROUTE 66 AND INTERSTATE 40, THE PROMINENT RED, YELLOW AND WHITE TRADING POST SIGNS MADE THEIR POINT!  "WE NO SCALPUM PALE FACE. 
JUST SCALPUM WALLET!" 

PEOPLE JUST HAD TO SEE THE BIG YELLOW HORSE REARING ON TOP OF THE MAIN BUILDING.  THERE WAS EVEN A WOODEN INDIAN GREETER!  AND OF COURSE,
EVERYBODY HAD TO SEE FORT CHIEF YELLOWHORSE.
CHIEF YELLOWHORSE TRADING POST
  ON OCTOBER 27, 1999 WHILE WORKING IN HIS OFFICE AT THE TRADING POST, CHIEF YELLOWHORSE DIED.  HE HAD
A HEART ATTACK.  SURROUNDING STATES MOURNED
WITH THE NAVAJO NATION. 

CHIEF YELLOWHORSE WAS LAID TO REST AT THE YELLOWHORSE FAMILY BURIAL GROUNDS.  THE
FUNERAL WAS CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH AND NAVAJO. 

YELLOWHORSE TRADING POST REMAINS OPEN YEAR ROUND.  IT IS MANAGED BY THE CHIEF'S FAMILY.
"MAY THE WIND ALWAYS BE AT YOUR BACK."
DLS   2-13-03