History, geography cramp brick-and-mortar food options in Crownpoint

There are no shortages of food options in Crownpoint, You just have to drive around and look for signs like this. Andi Murphy/New Mexico In Depth

Crownpoint, N.M. is a tough place to start a business. In part, because aspiring entrepreneurs confront a tangle of challenges. One is a now-defunct federal policy dating back a century that creates difficulty today for some Navajo entrepreneurs to qualify for a business loan. The General Allotment Act of 1887, also called the Dawes Act, split large swaths of reservation lands across the country into individual and family allotments. While it is possible, obtaining clean title to allotment land is often difficult because the original parcels have become so fractionated over time among heirs. Continue Reading →

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