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John Redhouse Papers

Identifier: MSS-780-BC

Scope and Content

This collection documents John Redhouse's career as an American Indian activist. Materials relate to the activities and projects of the Navajo Sovereignty Project, Tonantzin Land Institute, Native Indian Youth Council, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, coal gasification and relocation. Contents include background information on a variety of programs, activity reports, proposals, newsletters, news clippings, articles, and correspondence. This collection provides good background on Native American (particularly Navajo) environmental and sovereignty issues throughout the past 35 years and on the Native organizations that were involved with the issues. The selected writings, news clippings, and articles provide a valuable resource for chronological and issue oriented glimpses into the period.


  • 1972-2023


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes.User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

John Redhouse was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1969. A longtime Indian rights activist, Redhouse worked with Indians Against Exploitation in Gallup, N.M. from 1972-73 and the Coalition for Navajo Liberation in Farmington, N.M. in 1974. He was Associate Director of the National Indian Youth Council in Albuquerque, N.M. from 1974 to 1978. Redhouse also served on the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board in 1978 and the New Mexico State Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission in 1978-79. In 1979-80, he worked with the American Indian Environmental Council in Albuquerque (N.M.), Reno (NV), and Flagstaff (AZ). Redhouse was a freelance writer and consultant from 1981-1987. He worked with the Tonantzin Land Institute in Albuquerque from 1988-89. Redhouse has been a consultant since 1990. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a U.S. Army veteran.


2 boxes (2 cu. ft.)


This collection documents John Redhouse's activities and involvement with projects and issues relating to Native sovereignty and environmental justice. Included are proposals, reports, correspondence, news clippings, articles, and publications.


The collection is arranged alphabetically, by subject. Additions are added at the end.

Related Archival Material

Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping Records Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Eda Gordon Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. National Indian Youth Council Records Center for Southwest Research,University of New Mexico. Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Documents Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Roger A. Finzel American Indian Movement Papers Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Sacred Lands Project Collection Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. Tonantzin Land Institute Records. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Censored News: Navajo John Redhouse: Farmington NM Police Brutality Tonantzin Land Institute Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

The following publications are catalogued for CSWR general collection:

Hasgood, Eguene. DinéBi-Iná Nahil Ná (Revive the DinéWay): DinéEvictees of District Six Jáditó (DinéNation), Arizona, 1993.

Redhouse, John. Indian Lifestyles In A Reservation Bordertown, 1974.

Redhouse, John. Leasing of Dinetah: An Eastern Havajo Odyssey, 1984.

Redhouse, John. The Forgotten Long Walk: When the Navajos Had Too Many People, 1986.

Redhouse, John. Geopolitics of the Navajo Hopi Land Dispute, 1985.

Redhouse, John. Holy Land: A Navajo Pilgrimage Back to Dinetah, 1985.

Redhouse, John. History of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Water Wars: 1844-1990, 1994.

Tribal Peoples Survival, 1979-1988

Processing Information

Material added, September 2013; December 2014; November 2016; September 2018
Finding Aid of the John Redhouse Papers, 1972-2020
N. Sedore-Pena
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131