From 2007 until 2010, Dr. Peterson Zah and Dr. Peter Iverson met in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center to record talks for their new book We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation.
Peterson Zah shares his own perceptions about the Navajo history, issues, and resolutions with the Hopi Nation. He also gives his views on the Navajo-Hopi land dispute and the issues of the government relocation program. During his chairmanship in 1983, Zah worked with Hopi chairman Ivan Sidney to create a cooperative environment that would benefit both nations. Zah focuses on the positive effects of cooperative leadership in terms of Navajo history and in his experiences with Ivan Sidney. He gives examples of his successful experiences cooperating with Ivan Sidney, including remedying the uranium trailing situation in Tuba City, creating the Turquoise Trail, and opening Hopi High School. Zah briefly touches on Navajo history, especially the beginning of the Navajo reservation. A large portion of this interview also focuses on Navajo traditional religion, the freedom of religion, and the Native American Church movement that took place in the late 1930s to the 1950s. Zah also discusses key individuals in the history of Navajo religion such as David S. Clark, who was the president of the Native American Church, and Raymond Nakai, who was responsible for educating people about the freedom of religion.
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"Peterson Zah and Peter Iverson Interview, October 14, 2008" (2012-04590). Labriola National American Indian Data Center. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Libraries. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.