Three Score and Ten in Retrospect
The Navajos, motivated by anticipated revenues from the mineral estate, saw the opportunity to go to court with the smaller, under-financed Hopi Tribe. Undoubtedly, the Navajos assumed they could take advantage of the apparent mismatch, so their lawyers readily accepted Dad's proposal and joined with the Hopis in petitioning Congress for authority to commence the lawsuit. In retrospect, this was probably the single most significant event in the relationship between the Hopis and the Navajos as it opened the door to the Hopis to obtain relief through the courts - a door which previously had been closed. By the Act of July 22,1958, Hopis and Navajos were enabled to seek a court determination of their rights. In a hearing in preparation of this legislation, June 3, 1958, Congressman Stewart L. Udall of Arizona stated:
If the Hopi Tribe or any other tribe in my state came to me and asked me to select them an attorney who would be conscientious, who would look out for their interest, who would be willing to give of his own resources in order to help them, I do not know of anyone in my state that I would select before John Boyden who is sitting here.
The sustained intellectual, emotional and physical investment in Healing us. Jones made by John and his partners, Allen H. Tibbals and Bryant H. Croft, was incredible. A short excerpt from a poem John wrote at Jane's request for Al's sixtieth birthday summarized the strong bonds developed through years of working together: True friends mean more than profession, There is a warmer touch. As we join in life's procession, Little things amount to much. Time will ne'er erase Our tiesand bonds with you. With a smile upon each face, There's love to see us through