Two Navajo women may have been the first women officially enlisted in the US Army

Local historian discovered the women while researching Sandoval veterans

“There’s probably a story behind [the formal enlistment of two Navajo women as the first women in the US army] – how useful these women were and what their particular skills were,” Hutton said, but the particulars remain unknown.

They were seemingly enrolled as scouts in the Apache Wars: a long, bloody, and tragic conflict that at one point consumed almost a quarter of the total resources of the US army. RP will likely be covering that sad chapter of history and the many vantage points on it through the story of Lozen in the new year.

  • Nemo Persona

    Thanks! I’ll be following this one, and checking on other Navajo ‘princesses.’ You might take a look at our removal from traditional lands to the Bosque Redondo prison camp, by Kit Carson — Navajo women were the backbone of the tribe there, though finding a specific ‘princess’ to focus on may be difficult.