Brenda Norrell, CENSORED NEWS: Truck load of safe drinking water for Navajos drinking uranium poisoned water

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Truck load of safe drinking water for Navajos drinking uranium poisoned water

Photos by Forgotten People

Forgotten People, Navajo Nation, Arizona: Friday, February 18, 2011, Pastor Jimmy Bowling and Operation Compassion delivered a semi with 80,000 lbs. of safe drinking water, produce, winter coats, blankets to Forgotten People in Box Springs, Black Falls, Grand Falls, who are drinking uranium and arsenic contaminated water. Next delivery of safe drinking water in early March by Native American Support Mission.

Greetings! Thank you Operation Compassion, Native American Support Mission and Vision Ministries of America for demonstrating your commitment to Forgotten People. With your help, we delivered 17 pallets, 80,000 lbs. of safe drinking water into pick up trucks and flat beds to bring it to Box Springs. We also got pallets of fresh produce, juice, brand new winter coats, clothing. It was an incredibly beautiful day!

Rolanda Tohannie. Box Springs said: “Water is a blessing. I love what Forgotten People and Operation Compassion did for us! Thank you God for answering my prayers. Now, for a while, we can drink good water, my grandkids Aden and Ariel can visit me here and I can play with them. With Leupp Station water point and Black Falls watering point broken, everyone is back to drinking contaminated water. My health is gone and my body is worthless, it is no good to me anymore. I have thyroid cancer and seven operations in the last year. On March 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM, I will undergo another operation at Flagstaff Medical Center for cancer they found on my tonsils. It is super what happened here today. hope this safe drinking water will help me live a little longer.

FloraBelle Paddock, Black Falls said: “I was getting safe drinking water from US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program. When that stopped it caused me great hardship. I am thankful for Forgotten People and Operation Compassion. This water will help us survive for a little while longer.”

Alice Tso, Box Springs said: “I have cancer and am very thankful and appreciative of the help of Forgotten People and Operation Compassion for delivering safe drinking water so we can stop drinking contaminated water for a little while. There is no help from other sources. With you help, I will be in good health. Thank you!”

Ronald Tohannie, Forgotten People’s Black Falls Project Manager and Benson Willie of Black Falls said, “The Black Falls watering point has been broken for 2 months. Now Leupp Station watering point is broken. We know how to conduct repairs but we are told we cannot do the repairs because we are not certified. We want to know, why isn’t someone coming out from Window Rock to fix the Black Falls watering point? Don’t they know the only water sources we have are contaminated and everyone is back to using Box Springs, Paddock Springs, Badger Springs when we know it will kill us? The situation is critical and we appreciate your help!

Rolanda Tohannie is currently sorting clothes and coats by ages and local residents are distributing the water and fresh produce in their communities.

Thank you,
Forgotten People
Navajo Nation, Arizona
Posted by at 2:22 PM

Also see: Navajos Forgotten Peoples Right to Water, United Nations: Forgotten People’s Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation is up on the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website: 4 15 07 Forgotten People Right to Water on UN OHCHR website

Brenda Norrell, CENSORED NEWS states: Although I rarely post projects of religious ministries, these photos tell this story well, about the need for clean safe water on the Navajo Nation, especially where radioactive tailings remain strewn all these years from Cold War uranium… mining. The corporations have avoided responsibility for the most part. Now, new corporations want to start uranium mining on the Navajo Nation borders. The photos also bring to mind other questions: Is safe drinking water for Navajos a priority of the Navajo Nation government? Does safe drinking water have as much importance to the Navajo Nation government as building another power plant? Has the Navajo Nation Council forgotten the Navajos of Black Mesa and western Navajoland?

Picassa Web Album of 2/18/2011 Operation Compassion Safe Drinking Water Delivery, water tanks, fresh produce, new winter coats, clothes.

Forgotten People’s Picassa Web Album:

Photos by Forgotten People, Feb 18, 2011

2 Thoughts on “Brenda Norrell, CENSORED NEWS: Truck load of safe drinking water for Navajos drinking uranium poisoned water

  1. LaVerna White on March 14, 2011 at 11:07 am said:

    Thanks to Forgotten People and other organizaions for helping my parents. The people out there (GrandFalls and Box Springs areas) lack safe drinking water and our own government is ignoring and refusing to do anything about the situation. I went to a meeting when Joe Shirley/Crew, were out there, how is promised us that he will stand on the water truck when the delevery of fresh water was available. Which I don’t think we will ever see, now that he is no longer in office. It just shows how our own people (the ones we elect to offices) will just turn their backs on us. Today we hear of people who have certain cancers and that is too much to bare. Chemotheraphy and other radiation treatment are available, but that too will not competely stop the spread of this deadly cancer cells. They have sides affects that people don’t want to go through. With no safe drinking water they have no choice but to drink the contaminated water as well as their livestocks. Thanks again for helping the people out there.

    • forgottenpeople on March 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm said:

      Dear LaVerna, We were at your parents home, Samuel and Rosebelle White on Tuesday with Pastors delivering safe drinking water. Your parents were gracious hosts. Forgotten People is trying to do everything possible while we await the arrival of a US EPA funded water hauling truck.

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