Monthly Archives: June 2012

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6/29/2012 Gallup Independent: La Jara uranium mine would impact Mount Taylor TCP By Kathy Helms Dine Bureau

6/29/2011 La Jara Uranium Mine Would Impact Mount Taylor TCP“>

6/28/2012 Gallup Independent: Forest Service approves mine near Grand Canyon By Kathy Helms Dine Bureau

6/28/2012 Gallup Independent Forest Service Approves Mine Near Grand Canyon“>

6/26/2012 Forest Service Approves Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Despite 26-year-old Environmental Review

The Havasuapi refuse to become the next millennium’s world terrorists by allowing mega nuclear industrial complex mining industries to mine in the Grand Canyon.6/26/2012 Forest Service Approves Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Despite 26-year-old Environmental Review “>

6/14/2012 Front Page Navajo Times: Navajo Water Commission hires PR firm to sell Navajos on settlement Kyl sponsors

Front Page story Navajo Times: Navajo Water Commission hires PR firm to sell Navajos on settlement Kyl sponsors an excerpt: She first got very quiet and then said, “I consider that a huge problem. Something akin to spitting in your own peoples’ faces.”

6/13/2012 Navajo Hopi Observer: 2 More Hopi Villages, Bacavi and Shungopavi join Hotevilla in opposing water rights settlement

6/13/2012 Navajo Hopi Observer: 2 More Hopi Villages Bacavi & Shungopavi Join Hotevilla in Opposing…“>

Notice Correction by Navajo Budget & Finance Committee: 6/14/2012 meeting not until 6/19/2012 on Legis. No 0230-12 , Water Rights

6/14/2012 Budget &Finance Comm Mtg Notice Correction“>

6/13/2012 Angela Marie Davis Re: Navajo Hopi CO River legislation 0230-12

Thought I’d share my comments in a letter. It took a lot of patience to be polite: Yah’at’eeh Executive Director, Speaker Naize, and the 22nd Navajo Nation Council,My name is Angela Marie Davis. I am a granddaughter of the late Navajo code talker, Jimmie Apache from T’iistoh Sikaad, NM. I am writing you to urgently request you stop the legislation 0230- and withdraw your support of S. 2109 and HR4067 with the accompanying “Navajo-Hopi Colorado River Water Rights Settlement” introduced by Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl on February 14, 2012

In my opinion, S.2109 dangerously undermines our tribal sovereignty by nullifying the past two treaties between the United States and the Navajo Nation. We have treaty-guaranteed aboriginal priority water rights by the 1908 Winter’s Doctrine. S.2109 voids our priority water rights and guarantees only the bare minimal amount of drinking water to a handful of the Navajo. I would also like to note that it is the responsibility of the Indian Health Service to provide irrigation and developing water supplies through the Snyder Act of November 2, 1921. Also, guaranteeing Peabody Coal and Navajo Generating Station continued operation leases is clearly a conflict of interest. If the settlement is in the best interest of the people, then why are they allowed to operate with impunity?

Another dangerous aspect of S.2109 is that it waives our right to claim injury to water if non-Indian users damage Navajo or Hopi water from the past or the future forever. Our water has already been damaged severely by uranium and coal mining. Uranium has a half-life of four and one-half billion years. Radiation poisoning is extremely dangerous and permanent. To waive our rights to sue for damages to our water from it is a human rights violation to our people and environment; in fact, it is genocidal.

In conclusion, I’d like to express my surprise and outrage over the fact that the 22nd Navajo Nation Council announced its approval S. 2109 on a Saturday and allowing only a five day hold from then to remark on the decision. The Navajo people deserve at least a period of five business days to make our remarks. I am disappointed that chapter meetings are being held on the weekend with little or no public notice. I am also upset that I did not receive any notification of the proceedings regarding it, despite my request to be notified by my delegate. I appreciate your time to consider my request again and look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Angela Marie Davis
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6/13/2012 Navajo Grassroots Overwhelmingly Oppose Water Settlement Press Release

6/13/2012 Grassroots Overwhelmingly Oppose Water Settlement Press Release FINAL“>

6/12/2012 Forgotten People Re: Legislation No. 0230-12 for the OFFICIAL RECORD on Navajo Hopi Little CO River Water Rights Settlement

6/12/2012 Forgotten People Re: Legislation No. 0230 for the OFFICIAL RECORD “>Forgotten People, a Nonprofit corporation respectfully submits this statement of opposition to the Navajo-Hopi LCR Settlement and S.B. 2109 and H.R. 4607 and demands that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Economic Impact Assessment be done before negotiating any water rights settlement factoring in climate change, agricultural use and cultural and social impacts.

6/13/2012 Rita Sebastian Re: Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Agreement FOR THE OFFICIAL RECORD

6/13/2012 Rita Sebastian Re: Legislation No. 0230-12 for the OFFICIAL RECORD“>6/13/2012 Rita Sebastian Re: Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Agreement: Harvard Native American Economic Development Project and Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy would be happy to support studies regarding Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Social Impact Assessment (SIA), and Economic Impact Analysis. Let science and careful policy analysis speak before you make any decisions to sell away water rights. Please let me know if we can be of any assistance.