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.
Angela Marie Davis
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: 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.
6/14/2012 Naabikiyati (Navajo Nation Council) Budget & Finance Committee Special Mtg Agenda“>6/14/2012 Naabikiyati (Navajo Nation Council) Budget & Finance Committee meeting to discuss new Business: Legislation No. 0230-12: An Action Relating to the Budget and Finance, Resources and Development and the Nabikiyati Committees; Approving the Proposed Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Settlement Agreement Sponsor: Johnny Naize, Speaker
6/4/2012 CENSORED NEWS: Navajo Water: Calvin Johnson: Praise for Navajo Human Rights Commission Protesting Navajo water meeting in Phoenix. Photo Vincent Yazzie: Praise for Navajo Human Rights Commission for resolution verifying that Little Colorado River water settlement is violation of Dine’ rights. By Calvin Johnson, Navajo Censored News I applaud the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission’s recent stance on the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012. On May 21, 2012 the NNHRC passed a resolution vehemently rejecting the NHLCRWRS. The NNHRC clearly understands that the Dine voices are being ignored and the Navajo people overwhelmingly do not want Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 enacted.
On May 30 and 31, 2012 the Navajo Nation had a work session titled “Litigation Update and Water Rights Settlement” at the Lewis and Roca law offices in downtown Phoenix. Our leaders are having meetings far away from the public as if the bill and the settlement agreement are not plain or stated enough. This shows that our leaders still do not know the simple definitions of waive, release, time immemorial, injury, quality, resolve, funding. Very disappointing.
We as a nation should respect, honor and protect the four sacred elements of life, air, light/fire, water and earth/pollen in all their forms for they sustain life and we are doing just that by opposing Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 in its entirely.
To all my indigenous brothers and sisters, keep up the good work of standing up for our precious sacred water. Continue to encourage our elected officials to rejected any land and water grabbing legislations such as NHLCRWRS.
Navajo Human Rights Commission: Water rights settlement violates Dine’ human rights
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Resolution states that the water rights settlement for the Little Colorado River violates Dine’ human rights:
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