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Resisters ordered off site
By Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, DECEMBER 21, 2006
  SHIPROCK - Resisters blocking access to the proposed Desert Rock plant site were told to break camp Wednesday by a Shiprock District Court judge, and Frank Maisano of Sithe Global says contractors are moving in today.
  "We have given them ample opportunity. We have gone the extra mile to respect their views and make sure that they're heard, that they got the meetings that they wanted to get," he said.
  Diné Power Authority brought them firewood and necessities upon the encouragement of Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. to make the resisters comfortable....
Shirley talks to resisters
By Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, DECEMBER. 20, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. visited Monday with visitors blockading access to the proposed Desert Rock Energy Facility in Nenahnezad Chapter and listened to their concerns.
  Sithe Global Power LLC's Nathan Plagens, director of project development for the 1,500 megawatt coal-fired plant, said Monday evening that Sithe submitted copies of its permits to one of the resister groups per their request.
  Sarah White, president of Doodá Desert Rock, said though President Shirley paid them a visit, his words were pretty much the same as on previous occasions and little, if anything, was accomplished....
Press Release - Desert Rock
  Desert Rock Blockade: Dooda Desert Rock Resisters are Served, Dineh Power Authority is booted from Council Agenda....
  Support is needed! Firewood and other donations are needed. If you live outside of New Mexico, it is asked that you write letters to Pres. Joe Shirley, Jr. Contact information is:
Navajo Nation Office of the President
P.O. Box 9000
Window Rock, Arizona, 86515
(928) 871- 6352 - Phone

Please send copies of the letters to you write to Doóda Desert Rock President, Eloise Brown. Please also see for more information.
Feds: Benefits outweigh harm in Black Mesa
By Annie Greenberg, Navajo Times, DECEMBER 14, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - A draft Environmental Impact Statement put out by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and enforcement recommends that the Black Mesa Mine be reopened and the neighboring Kayenta Mine be expanded.
  The justification OSM gives for the environmental harm that would follow - including harm that would follow - including the dislocation of 17 Navajo families - is the boost to both the tribal and overall economy that the mines would provide.
  Black Mesa Mine shut down Dec. 31, 2005, when its sole customer, the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin Nev., had to close after failing to comply with clean-up requirements it had agreed to six years earlier....
Dirty Coal and Power at the Navajo Blockade
By Brenda Norrelll, Human Rights Editor, U.N. OBSERVER & International Report
   BURNHAN CHAPTER, N.M. -- As Navajo elderly camp in the cold at a blockade of a planned power plant, the Navajo Nation Council plans to meet in special session to allocate millions for the Desert Rock Power Plant.
  At the Navajo blockade Thursday night, the sheepdog of the Navajo elderly protester who lives on the land was skinned alive, run over by a car and thrown next to the blockade.
  It comes as no surprise that the power plant parent company Sithe Global LLC is linked to the elite Skull and Bones, the world power elite that the Bush family belongs to....
Flagstaff wastewater could have been used for slurry
By Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, DECEMBER 14, 2006
   FLAGSTAFF - One of the alternatives considered but eliminated from detailed study in the Black Mesa Project Environmental Impact Statement was the use of reclaimed wastewater from the City of Flagstaff.
  According to the EIS prepared by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Peabody Energy Co. evaluated the use of reclaimed sanitary wastewater from Flagstaff to supply at least a portion of the supply needed by the Kayenta and Black Mesa mining operations�.
Mine pipeline could dry up Leupp wells
By Cindy Cole, Sun Staff Reporter, Arizona Daily Sun, DECEMBER 3, 2006
  Pumping water from the aquifer near Leupp to a reopened Black Mesa Mine would help restore hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in annual tribal revenues.
  But it will come with a social and environmental cost, according to a new federal impact study.
  Seventeen Navajo families in the path of the new pipeline would need to be relocated....
Black Mesa Project impacts include relocation
By Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau
Gallup Independent, NOVEMBER 30, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK -- Peabody Western Coal Co.'s proposed Black Mesa Project would require the relocation of 17 Navajo households, the clearing of more than 13,000 acres of land, and an expected decrease in groundwater quality.
  According to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last week by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the primary impacts to people and lands adjacent to the Black Mesa Complex are relocation, nuisance dust and noise.
  Peabody would attempt to relocate the families to other sections of their customary use areas. The relocation would include providing new houses, areas for family garden plots and livestock grazing....
Office of Surface Mining: Black Mesa Alert
  The Draft EIS for the Black Mesa Project became available this weekend. It is a huge file, and many pages long, which can be found here.
  A comment period is forthcoming. Please read the report, and prepare your comments to oppose Peabody Energy's Life-Of-Mine lease. Written comments are due to OSM by January 22,. 2007, 4 PM Mountain Standard Time. Public hearings will be held Public hearings will be held beginning January 2, 2007, in Window Rock, and will also be held in Forest Lake (1/3), Moenkopi, Arizona (1/3), Kayenta (1/4), Kykotsmovi (1/4), Peach Springs (1/9), Kingman (1/9), Leupp(1/9), Winslow (1/10), Laughlin (1/10), and Flagstaff (1/11) from 6 PM-9 PM.
  Comments on the draft EIS may be submitted in writing or by e-mail over the Internet. At the top of your letter or in the subject line of your e-mail message, indicate that the comments are ``BMP Draft EIS Comments.'' Include your name and return address in your letter or e- mail message. They may also be submitted snail mail to: Dennis Winterringer, Leader, Black Mesa Project EIS, OSM Western Region, P.O. Box 46667, Denver, Colorado 80201-6667. These should be mailed either first class or priorty mail.
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Winterringer, Leader, Black Mesa Project EIS, OSM Western Region, by telephone at (303) 844-1400, extension 1440, or by e-mail at (
Clean up the Navajos' poisoned land
Editorial, NOVEMBER 26, 2006
  DURING WORLD WAR II, the federal government made a deal with Navajos: If the tribe allowed uranium mining on its 27,000-square-mile reservation, the land eventually would be returned "in as good condition as received."
  Instead, when the diggers left by the mid-1960s, the land was scarred by open shafts, contaminated well water and radioactive piles - often without fences or warning signs. As a Times series ( reported last week, federal inspectors knew about the damage but did little to prevent or fix it.
  What followed was unconscionable. Navajos drank from contaminated pools, slept on radioactive floors and fed their herds on land irrigated with death. Children suffered mysterious, painful illnesses and died young. One couple, Helen and Leonard Nez, lost six of their children; Helen had drunk poisoned water while pregnant....
Navajo Nation's battle over new uranium projects highlighted
By Dorothy Kosich, NOVEMBER 23, 2006
  ENO, NV ( --The Los Angeles Times this week concluded a four-part series on the historic impacts of uranium mining on the Navajo, and the Navajo Nation's renewed efforts to ban new uranium extraction projects in New Mexico near their tribal borders.
  From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore was mined in Navajo county, a reservation spanning Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, with a current population of more than 180,000 people.
  The federal government was the only customer of the uranium, which was used for the Manhattan Project and for the weapons stockpile during the days of the Cold War with the Soviet Bloc nations. By the 1960s, more than 1,000 mines and few processing mills on tribal land were shut. Many were never reclaimed, leaving behind radioactive waste and open tunnels and pits....
Oral histories address uranium's effects on Navajo miners and families
NOVEMBER 21, 2006
  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The legacy of uranium mining is devastating to Navajo communities in the western U.S., where 1,000 abandoned uranium mines still mar the landscape. A new volume from UNM Press entitled, "The Navajo People and Uranium Mining" is the result of the ten-year Navajo Uranium Miner Project headed by Tufts University's Doug Brugge and Navajo activists. Brugge and Navajo speakers Timothy Benally and Esther Yazzie-Lewis interviewed miners and drew from clinical and historical sources to trace the cultural, legal, and biological effects of Leetso, the "yellow monster."
  The lure of uranium mining as a profession for Navajos is not difficult to understand. After the stock market crash of 1929, Navajo men found work off the reservation working on the railroad and on farms in Phoenix and California. Then during WWII, many Navajos went into the military. So when the U.S. entered the nuclear age and uranium was found on Navajo lands in 1941, Navajos who'd been working afar were happy to work close to home.
  Uranium mining in the Four Corners area provided much-needed income, and thousands of Navajos worked in the poorly ventilated, unsupervised camps. Accidents were common, and the miners breathed in uranium dust and drank contaminated water regularly. The boomtown atmosphere caused secondary problems-violence, domestic abuse, alcoholism, and the disruption of traditional living arrangements. The mere act of mining defies Navajo culture, which opposes damaging the earth with metal instruments. So while mining provided economic opportunity, it went against the very grain of Navajo life....
SRP Hopes To Use C-Aquifer Water To Reopen Mohave Generating Station
By Tammy Gray-Searles, NOVEMBER 8, 2006
  When the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., closed its doors last December, it looked like the end of the power plant, the end of the Black Mesa Mine and the end of an attempt to use water from the Coconino Aquifer (C-aquifer) to move coal from the mine to the plant.
  However, in September, Salt River Project (SRP) officials made public their attempt to reopen the Mohave power plant when they asked the Office of Surface Mining to resume an environmental impact study on the effects of using water from the C-aquifer in a 273-mile coal slurry pipeline.
  SRP owns 20 percent of the Mohave Generating Station, and is seeking new business partners to help retrofit and reopen the plant....
Navajo President, Hopi Vice Chairman join Interior Secretary to sign historic Compact
By George Hardeen, Special to the Observer, NOVEMBER 7, 2006
  PHOENIX - With half the 250 people standing shoulder-to-shoulder and peering over a throng of photographers, the federal Interior secretary and the two leaders of the Navajo and Hopi nations signed documents to clear the way to coexist on a piece of land and remove a four-decade-old development ban that is unique in American history.
  Following brief congratulatory remarks from a U.S. senator and two congressmen, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne signed the historic Navajo-Hopi Intergovernmental Compact at the Heard Museum here Friday, leaving just one more signature to go - that of U.S. District Judge Earl H. Carroll - to relegate the 40-year-old Bennett Freeze Area to the history books and memory.
   "What this agreement means is it's an era of a new and positive relationship between the Navajo and Hopi nations, and I'm very much looking forward to that, which is the way it should be, working together, complementing each other, standing side by side," said President Shirley in remarks following the signing of documents."
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Accord reached for sacred Hopi sites on Navajo land
  PHOENIX (AP) -- After a bitter 40-year dispute, leaders of the Navajo and Hopi tribes sat together Friday and signed an agreement that allowed development on 700,000 acres of land that both claim as their own.
  "The Hopis and Navajos have not always seen eye to eye," Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma said at the signing ceremony. "But we are neighbors, and neighbors need to be friends."
  The two tribes, which about each other in Arizona's northeastern corner, have fought over land most of the last century. In 1966, the federal government imposed a ban on any development on the so-called Bennett Freeze Area as the tribes worked out their differences....
Land Dispute History
  1882: An order by President Arthur sets aside about 2.5 million acres in northeastern Arizona for the Hopis and "other Indians" who might be settled there by the Interior secretary. The land centers on the mesas of the village-dwelling Hopis but includes areas occupied by scattered Navajo sheepherders.
  1900: An Indian agent to the Hopis reports that Navajos "have been allowed to encroach upon the Hopi Reservation for years, taking possession of the best watering places, best farming and best pasture land."
  1925: An Indian agent writes that the Hopi tradition of clinging to the mesas "explains why they have not prospered parallel to their neighbors, the Navajos." The same agent later reports that new Hopi interest in lands beyond the mesas has brought them into conflict with Navajos....
Hopis, Navajos end 40-year battle
By Mark Shaffer and Betty Reid, Arizona Republic
  An accord has been reached between the Navajo and Hopi tribes to end a bitter 40-year struggle over Hopi religious sites on more than 700,000 acres of the western Navajo Reservation.
  Thousands of Navajos in the so-called Bennett Freeze Area have been without running water, electricity or modern appliances for decades because of a development ban put in place during the dispute.
  The area is part of the 7 million total acres of Navajo land in which access by Hopis to religious sites will be resolved....
Tribes' long battle over Bennett Freeze Area
NOVEMBER 3, 2006
  The issue stems from a 1934 federal law that extended the borders of the Navajo Reservation and said the area was for use by the Navajos "and other Indian tribes." The Hopis sued the Navajos for access to the land in 1974, hoping to keep people from becoming entrenched amid various ongoing legal matters....
Border Summit testimony: O'odham teenager killed by Border Patrol
By Brenda Norrell
  SAN XAVIER, TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION - While describing the Border Patrol as a "death squad," indigenous at the Border Summit of the Americas were told how Border Patrol agents ran over and killed Tohono O'odham teenager Bennett Patricio, Jr.
  "The Border Patrol is a death squad. They are operating like they do in Central and South America, because no one can hold them accountable," said Jimbo Simmons, member of the International Indian Treaty Council, during the Summit Aug. 29 - Oct. 1....
  The Border Summit opposed the border wall and Secure Fence Act passed by the Senate and urged Indian Nations to unite and defend their ancestral lands from the planned desecration....
Arizona utility seeks investors to reopen Mohave coal plant
By Mark Golden, OCTOBER 6, 2006
  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A publicly owned Arizona utility is on the hunt for investors who will share its dream of restarting a shuttered coal-fired power plant in the Nevada desert that was abandoned by its other owners.
  Phoenix-based Salt River Project is working to build a new ownership group to buy and upgrade the 1,580-megawatt Mohave Generating Station. The plant, in Laughlin, Nev. near the Arizona border, was shut in December because its owners hadn't installed pollution control equipment required under a court-approved consent decree. The plant also faced other problems, including expiring coal and water supply contracts. To resolve a lawsuit by environmentalists concerned about the harmful effects of pollution from Mohave on wildlife at the nearby Grand Canyon National Park, the plant's owners agreed to either install pollution-control equipment or shut the plant by the end of 2005....
EPA wraps up Desert Rock air permit hearings
By Erny Zah The Daily Times, OCTOBER 6, 2006
  SHIPROCK - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ended the public hearings portion of Sithe Global Power's application for an air permit Wednesday in the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center.
  The permit, if issued by EPA later this year, would be another step to enable the construction of Desert Rock Power Plant, a proposed $2.5-billion, 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant. The plant would be located about 28 miles southwest of Farmington on the Navajo Nation.
  EPA officials estimated between 35 and 40 people offered comments about the permit Wednesday, most urging the EPA to take into consideration culture and lesser known contaminates....
Mohawks join Tohono O'odham in solidarity at border summit
By Brenda Norrell, OCTOBER 2, 2006
  SAN XAVIER DISTRICT, TOHONO O�ODHAM NATION, Ariz. -- Indigenous at the Border Summit of the Americas opposed a border fence that will separate Indian communities in their ancestral territories and contribute to the Bush administration�s plan for corporate profiteering.
  Without compromise, Indigenous called for a halt to the militarization, oppression and psychological terrorism created by the military industrial complex along the US/Mexico border.
  Mohawks from the northern border united with Tohono O'odham from the southern border and demanded a halt to the militarization of their lands by the US Border Patrol, National Guard and federal agents....
President signs historic legislation
By John Christian Hopkins, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. signed to historic pieces of legislation Friday one to close the book on the past and the other to begin a new chapter in Navajo history.
  Flanked by First Lady Vikki Shirley and Delegate Nelson Begay (Lukachukai/Tsaile/Wheatfields), the president signed into law the Hopi-Navajo land agreement and the creation of a tribal gaming enterprise.
  "I thank the council who passed this, and it went through the chapters, too," Shirley said. "The councilors who passed this had the people at heart."
Mohave proposal gets mixed reaction
By John G. Edwards, Review Journal, SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
  John Kennon, a Laughlin area resident who retired from the closed coal-fired power plant there, wonders why Nevada officials want to build another one near Ely.
  "Seems too bad that a multimillion-dollar power plant sits rusting ... in Laughlin while another is being built in Ely," Kennon, 59, said in an e-mail. "Too bad Nevada Power and Southern California Edison could not figure out to put a working power plant back in service. I hope the lights stay on."
  Thanks to Salt River Project, a public power company serving Phoenix, the 1,580-megawatt Mohave Generating Station may start cranking out electricity again in a few years....
Freeze comments frost delegates
Trio defends its vote on compact following president's statements

By Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - The three Navajo Nation Council delegates who voted Tuesday against the proposed intergovernmental compact between the Nation and the Hopi Tribe say they are not happy with statements made Wednesday by President Joe Shirley Jr. on KTNN Radio.
  Delegates Leonard Chee, Amos Johnson and Hope MacDonald-Lone Tree said in a joint press release that President Shirley incorrectly told the Navajo people that they do not support lifting the Bennett Freeze because of their vote.
  "President Shirley is wrong on his position on the Bennett Freeze compact and he is wrong again on Delegates Chee, Johnson, and MacDonald-Lone Tree's vote. Delegates Chee, Johnson, and MacDonald-Lone Tree want the freeze to be lifted, but not at the cost of individual and human rights of our people," they said....
Fighting for home
Bennett Freeze dissenters ready for legal battle

By Marley Shebala, Navajo Times, AUGUST 24, 2006
  BIG MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - An Aug. 18 meeting at Sam Yazzie's home, called "forgotten people" by its organizers, starred with a Navajo prayer chanted by medicine man, Norris Nez of Hollow Mesa, Ariz.
  Nez, 78, later said the prayer was one he usually does not use. In this case, however, he said it was needed "to combat" the words in a proposed compact to end the 40-year-old Bennett Freeze.
  Nez was among about 50 residents of the freeze area who gathered to voice their worry that they are about to be hurt again by the politics surrounding the land dispute....
Dine' officials discuss Bennett Freeze agreement on KTNN radio
By George Hardeen, Special to the Observer, Navajo-Hopi Observer, AUGUST 24, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK -- The Navajo Nation's attorney general and the director of the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission told radio listeners Aug. 17 that the proposed Intergovernmental Compact between the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe will result in no land exchanges, relocation, loss of Navajo land or livestock or loss of sites sacred to either the Navajo or Hopi people.
  Instead, Navajo Nation Attorney General Louis Denetsosie said the compact will end lawsuits between the tribes involving land as in areas as diverse as LeChee and St. Michaels, and lift a freeze on development within the 40-year-old Bennett Freeze Area in the western portion of the Navajo Nation.
  He and Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Director Roman Bitsuie spent two hours on KTNN's Forum program explaining the long and complicated history of the land issues going back to 1882, 1868 and what led to lawsuits of the 1934 Reservation....
Program assists Navajo elders
By Glenda Galbraith ,Salt Lake Tribune, AUGUST 24, 2006
  More than 20 years ago, Linda Myers met Rose Hulligan, a young Navajo woman who collected day-old bread and canned goods to support the older members of her tribe.
  Myers, an artist, donated the proceeds of an art sale to fund a large shopping spree to Sam's Club and trip to the reservation....
Panel rejects deal settling Navajo, Hopi land feud
By John Christian Hopkins, Dineh Bureau, Gallup Independent, AUGUST 23, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK � The Government Services Committee narrowly rejected an agreement Monday aimed at settling the Navajo-Hopi land feud.
  GSC members Orlanda Smith-Hodge and Mel Begay expressed concern that the pact under consideration lacked any supporting resolutions from the chapters affected by the proposed settlement.
  Delegate Duane Tsinigine, who sponsored the legislation, along with Deputy Attorney General Harrison Tsosie and Chief Legislative Counsel Ray Etcitty said there only two alternatives: negotiate an agreement or continue litigation.
  The main thing to consider is that no land ownership will change hands and no Navajo families will be relocated, Tsosie said. The pact basically spells out that both Navajo and Hopi will respect each other's traditional religious practices and the right to practice them without interference, he added....
Chapter members ask for hearing on Freeze deal
By Kathy Helms, Dineh Bureau, Gallup Independent, AUGUST 17, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK -- Members of Tuba City Chapter finally will have an opportunity at a public hearing Friday to learn details of a proposed intergovernmental compact between the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe regarding the Bennett Freeze.
  Delegate Duane Tsinigine (Bodaway-Gap/Cameron/Coppermine) and Attorney General Louis Denetsosie presented legislation on the compact Tuesday to the Public Safety Committee, which passed it after considerable debate....
Land settlement in sight Navajo, Hopi negotiating teams reach agreement on language in the proposed compact
By Kathy Helms and John Cristian Hopkins, Dineh Bureau, Gallup Independent, AUGUST 17, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Since 1958, the Navajo and Hopi tribes have been involved in litigation over various aspects of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute. A proposed intergovernmental compact would settle a lawsuit authorized by Congress in 1974.
  In the lawsuit known as "the 1934 Reservation Litigation," the Hopi Tribe asserts that millions of acres of Navajo land are Hopi shrines or religious use areas and should be awarded to the Hopi. It also argues that Navajo families living in those areas should be relocated....
Experts say aquifers running dry
By CYNDY COLE, Sun Staff Reporter, Arizona Daily Sun, AUGUST 13, 2006
  Communities from Williams and Tusayan to Flagstaff and Tuba City are going to be using more water than they can sustainably draw from the ground by 2050, the Bureau of Reclamation has found in one of the most comprehensive studies to date.
  Wells tapping the Navajo Aquifer around Dilkon at Lower Greasewood could be going dry as soon as 2010, the study found, with many more to follow in the next two decades....
An earful for the prez
Bennett Freeze residents demand a voice in settlement terms
by Cindy Yurth, Special to the Times, Navajo Times, AUGUST10, 2006
  Attending a meeting on the Bennett Freeze in Tuba City last Friday, President Joe Shirley Jr. got an earful ... and not from supporters chanting "Four more years!"
  More than 200 people, all Navajo residents of the Freeze area, gathered on a slope behind the Tuba City flea market to denounce the proposed compact hammered out by Shirley and Hopi Tribe officials....
Freeze residents file lawsuit, seek to void compact
Navajo Times, AUGUST 3, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Residents of the Bennett Freeze area have files a lawsuit in Tuba City District Court to get the intergovernmental agreement between the Hopis and the Navajos voided because parts of it are to remain secret.
  The agreement, which will lift the Bennett Freeze, still needs approval of the federal courts and the Interior Department....
EPA sued over Four Corners Power Plant emissions
Anne Greenberg, Navajo Times, AUGUST 3, 2006
   WINDOW ROCK - The New Mexico Sierra Club made an unexpected move in a long ignored battle when it filed suit last week to force the cleanup of emissions from the Four Corners Power Plant.
  The July 27 suit names the federal Environmental Protection Agency as defendant, but the suit also involves the Navajo Nation's failure to crack down on air pollution from the power plant....
Bennett Freeze compact violates rights
Navajo Times, AUGUST 3, 2006
  A formal gesture of the Navajo Nation president introduced a contract that has been in motion for the past two years without the knowledge of the Navajo people.
  It is without confidence that the contract, titled "intergovernmental compact," assures the heavy controversial lands of Bennett Freeze to be lifted....
Explosion delayed until sometime in '07
Kathy Helms, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, AUGUST 1, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-2nd District, applauded an announcement Tuesday by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that the Divine Strake non-nuclear explosion planned at Nevada Test Site could not be conducted until several months into 2007 at the earliest.
  The Divine Strake non-nuclear explosion is planned for Nevada Test Site where atomic testing was conducted largely in the 1950s and 1960s, thus raising health concerns that residual contamination could be disturbed and redeposited downwind by new testing, whether nuclear or non-nuclear....
EPA sued over Four Corners Power Plant emissions
Arizona Republic, AUGUST 1, 2006
  FARMINGTON, N.M. - The Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to force it to implement emission controls at the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant.
  "The Four Corners Power Plant is one of the dirtiest in the nation and there is no good reason why the facility shouldn't use modern pollution controls," said Doug Fraiser, chairman of the chapter's air quality department....
Freeze amendment opposed
McCain's legislation to on Navajo, Hopi Land Settlement resisted

Kathy Helms, Staff Writer, Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, JULY 26, 2006
   WINDOW ROCK � The Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Navajo Nation Council backed legislation Monday sponsored by Delegate Hope MacDonald-LoneTree opposing the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005 sponsored by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
  The Navajo Nation is urging Congress to establish a blue ribbon panel to study and review the negative effects of relocation and the Bennett Freeze upon the Navajo people, the long-term costs of the relocation policy, and to provide the resources necessary to properly resettle the Navajo people and address the negative impacts of the Bennett Freeze....
A hearing was held recently on S1003 in the House Resources Committee. Click on each of the following links to see what was said:
Written Testimony Links to House Resources Committee Hearing on S1003
Hopi chair faces complaint of misconduct
Sidney allegedly had a .311 BAC at time of incident

Kathy Helms, Staff Writer, Gallup Independent, JULY 29, 2006
  KYKOTSMOVI - The Hopi Tribal Council has called a special session for 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss a "complaint of misconduct" against Hopi Tribal Chairman Ivan Sidney following a June 27 incident in Winslow.
  Clifford Balenquah Qotsaquahu, council representative for the Village of Bacavi, filed the complaint of misconduct July 20 after receiving copies of an incident report from Winslow Police Department....
Making a Just Transition
Club Partners with Navajo, Hopi on Renewable Energy Plan
By Timothy Lesle, Sierra Club, JULY 25, 2006
   On the last day of 2005, the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nevada, powered down. The closure forced northern Arizona's Black Mesa Coal Mine to halt operation's sole customer was the Mohave plant. As went the station and the mine, so went the pipeline that carried a slurry of water and Black Mesa coal 273 miles from the mine to the power plant, where it was dried and burned to create electricity for Las Vegas and Southern California. They fell, one after the other, "like three big dominoes," says Andy Bessler, of the Sierra Club's Partnerships program. On the first day of 2006, a system that had existed for more than 30 years, that had obscured views of the Grand Canyon with air pollution and drawn down the Navajo aquifer, was brought to a standstill.
  Since the Black Mesa Mine was on Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation lands, its closure was a blow to their economies. But a plan is in the works to shift those economies in a more sustainable direction. The "Just Transition Plan" will bring the tribes millions of dollars each year for investment in renewable development on tribal lands millions of dollars, organizers hope, that will come from the owners of the Mohave Generating Station....
EPA issues power plant an draft air quality permit
By Lisa Meerts, Farmington Daily Times, JULY 25, 2006
   FARMINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft air quality permit for the Desert Rock Power Plant Thursday, calling it one of the strictest permits ever.
  "This has state-of-the-art control technology. It's going to be much, much cleaner (than other local plants)," said Gerardo Rios, chief of permits in the Air Division Office of the EPA. The conditions delineated in the permit are based on federal standards and, should the EPA issue the permit, it does not anticipate the plant would violate any federal air quality standards, he said....
Navajo Nation: EPA to set tough standards for power plant
By Susan Montoya Bryan, Santa Fe New Mexican, JULY 21, 2006
   ALBUQUERQUE -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed some of the most stringent emission requirements in the country for a planned power plant on the Navajo Nation, setting a new level of performance for coal-fired plants in the United States.
  Houston-based Sithe Global Power and the tribe's Din� Power Authority plan to build a 1,500 megawatt power plant that could power up to 1.5 million homes in cities across the Southwest....
World uranium summit
Source - Navajo Times, July 20, 2006
The Indigenous World Uranium Summit is scheduled Sept. 20-24 at the Navajo Nation Museum. Expected are delegates from Australia, India, Brazil, Tibet, and Canada. Activities include tours of uranium sites, workshops, concerts and dinners. Information: Cora Maxx-Phillips, 928-871-6450, or Wynoma Foster, 505-786-5209
EPA backs permit
Kathy Helms, Gallup Independent, JULY 20, 2006
   WINDOW ROCK - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a Clean Air permit for the Desert Rock Energy Project and will formally publish a public notice in the Farmington Daily Times and Navajo Times in a few weeks, kicking off the public comment period.
  EPA also will host informational workshops for Navajo Nation residents and nearby communities about the proposed permit before returning in October for a formal public hearing. The affected public has the right to request a hearing in their area. The deadline for public comment is Oct. 27....
Feds initiate talks to bring Amber Alert to Indian Country
Santa Fe New Mexican, JULY 20, 2006
   ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has been talking with tribal leaders about the possibility of bringing the Amber Alert system to reservations across the country..
  "Tribes can play an important part in strengthening our Amber Alert network," said Regina Schofield, assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs. "Amber Alert has shown itself to be a strong criminal deterrent, and any time crime is deterred, the quality of life goes up."
The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSM) has decided to "suspend" activities on "publishing the draft EIS for the Black Mesa Project." In a July Newsletter 2006, it states: "As the future of the Mohave Generating Station and the project become clearer, OSM will decide whether to continue or abandon preparation of the EIS."
Navajo councilman challenges Congress over relocation bill
Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, JULY 10, 2006
   TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Speaking out against the Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act of 2005, known also as Senate Bill 1003, Navajo councilman Hope MacDonald-LoneTree said the U.S. government is treating Navajos the same way Iraqi are treated, with disregard to rebuilding nations that have been devastated.
  "The job ahead is bigger than trying to rebuild Iraq after bombing the entire infrastructure and disrupting their way of life. The federal government cannot just walk off and complain about the amount of federal monies expended," said LoneTree, Navajo council delegate for Tuba City and daughter of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald....
Move from land tough on Navajos
Mark Shaffer, Republic Flagstaff Bureau, Arizona Republic, JULY 7, 2006
   DINNEBITO - The area is called Hard Rocks, an appropriate name since no grass remains for Navajo shepherds and their flocks.
  It was here, 20 years ago today, that protesters, spurred on by elderly Navajo grandmothers, made their final stand at the fence and pi�on ridge lines against the largest forced movement of Native Americans during the 20th century....
Land talks take place in private Delegates question timing of release of details about Bennett Freeze settlement
By Kathy Helms Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, JULY 3, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Despite objections to keep Friday's special Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting open so the Navajo people might have some idea of what they're giving and getting in a proposed Bennett Freeze agreement, IGR voted 6-2 for executive session at the request of the attorney general.
  Hopi tribal elders and religious leaders signed off on the agreement in August 2004. Navajo Nation Attorney General Louis Denetsosie said, "You may have read a couple years ago where the Hopi approved the version of this settlement agreement. It's called an intergovernmental compact....
Information withheld? Delegates question timing of release of details about Bennett Freeze settlement
By Kathy Helms Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, JUNE 30, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - News of a settlement agreement on the Bennett Freeze approved by the Hopi Tribe in 2004 apparently has been kept from the Navajo people for nearly two years.
  Navajo-Hopi Land Commission member Amos Johnson (Black Mesa/Forrest Lake) said, "If that is the case, the Navajo people in the Bennett Freeze area have been held hostage by the president and the attorney general for election-year politics."
Don't close your doors until you clean up your mess
Navajo Times, JUNE 29, 2006
  Bravo! To Ms. Pauline Whitesinger in her continuous effort to take a stance in her beliefs and values! An exemplary woman continuing her crusade to remain on the land (Hopi Partitioned Land) so precious and dear to her heart that we learn by now is rich (plentiful) with natural resources.
  Land so rich that it's taken the U.S. Federal and tribal governmental entities to once again revisit just as we've seen and read about from time and time again....
Enviros encouraged over Mohave closure
By Cindy Yurth, Special to the Times, Navajo Times, JUNE 29, 2006
  CHINLE - The permanent closure of the Mohave Generating Station marks the end of an era, but it could also be the beginning of a new, cleaner one, according to a coalition of environmental groups.
  A press release issued last week by the Just Transition Coalition urged the Navajo and Hopi tribes which profited from the plant's operation by leasing coal and water rights, to seek alternatives to replace the lost revenue - about $38 million annually in royalties, taxes and fees....
Shirley wants 'unbiased' study
By Kathy Helms Diné Bureau , Gallup Independent, JUNE 23, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., in testimony this week before the U.S. House Resources Committee, requested an independent, "unbiased" non-federal consultant conduct a one-year study to examine the impacts of relocation on the Navajo and Hopi people.
  Shirley said the study would examine the effects of relocation, needs, community impact, range management and livestock reduction, and determine eligibility benefits for affected Navajo and Hopi families....
Hopi: Bill Divides Two Tribes
Gallup Independent, JUNE 22, 2006
  WINDOW ROCK - Hopi Tribal Chairman Ivan Sidney on Tuesday told the U.S. House Committee on Resources that the Hopi Tribe is opposed to amending the Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act and urged the committee to reconsider moving forward with a bill that would pit Hopi and Navajo against each other.
  "The Hopi Tribe opposes the draft House bill," introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., Sidney said. "It is completely contrary to the interest of the Hopi Tribe to reopen old wounds with the Navajo and rehash the question of who suffered what as a result of the land dispute....
Southern California Edison to sell Nevada Mohave plant
Los Angeles BizJournal, JUNE 19, 2006
  Southern California Edison and three other owners will not try to reopen the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., and instead will try to sell it, the company announced Monday.
  Due to a variety of challenges, including clean-up and supply issues, the owners decided to sell it because added together the challenges became insurmountable....
July 6-9, 2006
Cass Lake, Minnesota USA
(Within the sovereign territories of the Leech Lake Anishinaabe Nation. To be held at the Leech Lake Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds.)
This is a traditional gathering with outdoor camping, with a Sacred Fire. Indigenous Peoples and supporters are invited.
Solar Energy a good idea
Navajo Times, JUNE 1, 2006
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz., - I look forward to a future for the Colorado Plateau, ancient homeland of the Hopi people, that is radically different from the one envisioned by the federal government when the Four Corners area was informally designated as a “national sacrifice area” in the 1960s and 1970s.
The closure of Mohave Generating Station, the dirtiest power plant in the country, on Dec. 31, 2005, has produced new opportunities that will change the course of history for the Hopi people and our neighbors, Indian and non-Indian alike....
Don't read too much into coal proposals
Arizona Daily Sun, MAY 27, 2006
  The March memo referred to in the Daily Sun story, "Tribes desperate to reopen coal mine," (May 7, 2006) was only a proposal, not a legal document. It is incorrect to say that the tribes were willing to give up anything. The March 7 document does not indicate what the tribes are willing to give up. Therefore the Daily Sun piece serves up speculation and an incomplete story.
   It is untrue that Peabody Western Coal and Southern California Edison would be allowed to pump more water from the Navajo Aquifer over Hopi farmers' objections, as the Sun reported. The idea is to replace the use of N-aquifer water with Coconino aquifer water. The C-aquifer project was covered in the EIS scoping meetings and will be covered in the draft EIS....
Update on S. 1003, the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments 2005
  At the beginning of this month, May 2, 2006, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1003 by Unanimous Consent. According to the government tracking web site, " [a] record of each representative's position was not kept." The bill was then referred to the House Resources Committee on May 3, 2006. The latest action taken was a request from this committee for Executive Comment from the Interior on May 9. The Senate Report on the bill can be seen
here. Major Congressional Actions on this bill can be found on this page.
  The Navajo Nation opposes this bill, Roman Bitsuie saying, "S. 1003 would bring an abrupt end to the relocation program before any independent study of the program's successes and failures can be undertaken. Congress would repeat its earlier mistake."
Relocation office one step closer to termination
Navajo Times, MAY 11, 2006
  Window Rock - As expected, the U. S. Senate last week approved legislation to close the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation by Sept. 30, 2008.
   Sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the bill was opposed by Navajo leaders who argue that the program is still needed to handle continuing problems of Navajos displaced by the land dispute....
HPL families get new chance for federal relocation benefits
Navajo Times 26 APRIL 2006
  Window Rock - Hundreds of Navajo families living on the Hopi Partitioned Lands are getting another chance at getting relocation benefits from the federal government.
   For years, the federal government refused to listen to any case that fell outside of deadlines taking the position that the families had their chance....
Navajo relocation mired in human suffering and costs
Indian Country Today, JULY 29, 2005
  Washington - While leaders of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs pressed for an end to costs of the so-called Navajo and Hopi land dispute, the director of the Navajo Nation's office of relocation put a human face on the suffering during testimony before the committee.
  Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed for an end to Navajo and Hopi relocation costs, which grew from an expected $40 million at its onset 30 years ago to the current $480 million....
McCain bill would dissolve U.S. relocation office
Navajo Times, JULY 28, 2005
  Washington - The Navajo Nation would support a proposal by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to dissolve the federal Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation Office but only if further hardship is eliminated and the action is not simply to save money, according to a news release from the Navajo Nation President's office.
  McCain, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, received testimony July 21 on his proposal to amend the 1974 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act....
Promised help for HPL homes delayed again
Navajo Times, AUG. 11, 2005
  Window Rock - Elderly Navajos who were promised new homes in the Hopi Partition Lands will have to keep waiting, thanks to a clash in Window Rock over funding to complete the homes.
  The Navajo-Hopi Land Commission voted June 22 to allocate money from the Navajo Rehabilitation Trust Fund to complete or repair 48 homes, which were promised to people living on Hopi Partition Lands but never completed properly....
Riders appeal to council to protect water
Navajo Times, AUG. 3, 2005
   WINDOW ROCK - The people are not to blame for closing Peabody Coal Co. Black Mesa or shutting down the Mohave Generating Station.
   That is one of the messages carried to the Navajo Nation Council and President Joe Shirley Jr. by the "Water is Life" horseback ride....
Navajos protest energy exploitation at council
Indian Country Today, JULY 25, 2005
  Window Rock - Navajos arrived by horseback and on foot at the tribal capitol to protest the use of Navajo water for coal slurry in Arizona, a plan to build a new power plant in New Mexico, and extensive pollution from oil and gas wells, coal mines and power plants throughout the Navajo Nation.
  As the Navajo Nation Council began its summer session, Navajos from the most remote areas of the Navajo Nation - who haul water long distances and live with the effects of polluted air, land and water - protested plans for more lease agreements with energy companies....
Leupp Navajos protest C-aquifer water slurry deal
Indian Country Today, JULY 25, 2005
  Window Rock - A plan being negotiated behind closed doors, which would allow Peabody Coal Company to continue its coal slurry line operation to the Mohave Generating Station by using C-aquifer water rather than N-aquifer water, brought protesters to the Navajo Nation Council from the Leupp area, where Navajos already have to haul water to survive.
  "Ninety-five percent of the Navajos in Leupp do not have running water; they have to haul their water," said Anna Frazier of Leupp, member of Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment....
Leupp, Black Mesa, Hardrock unite to protect aquifers
Navajo Times, JULY 7, 2005
  Window Rock - Just as Grandma Marjorie Thomas finished her walk to the Navajo Nation capital, residents of three chapters announced the start of a trek under the banner, "Water is Life."
  Their goal is not to raise money but public awareness. They believe Navajo Nation officials are putting important groundwater reserves at risk in an effort to keep the Black Mesa Mine operating....
Unfulfilled promises
Families wait seven years for homes to be built
Navajo Times, JUNE 30, 2005
  SANDSPRINGS, Ariz. - For the past seven years, Alfred and Ida Mae McCabe have been waiting for the construction crew to arrive.
  The materials for their new house are there - $60,000 worth of construction supplies delivered to the site in 1998 by the Navajo Housing Services Department, a part of the Division of Community Development....
Help coming for families promised HPL homes
Navajo Times, JUNE 30, 2005
  WINDOW ROCK - The seven-year wait by 48 Navajo families who were promised new homes by the Navajo government appears close to an end, thanks in large part to Ray Denny.
  Denny, a 50-something contract employee of the tribe, meticulously documented the failure of the tribal government to fulfill its promise to the families, despite receiving $1.5 million in federal funding to build their homes.
Elders fight to keep land
Peabody opponent says elderly suffer from stress disorder

Gallup Independent, JUNE 21, 2005
   FOREST LAKE - Eighty-seven-year-old Mae Paulinos is one of the Black Mesa elders suffering from symptoms commonly diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. But she is not by herself, according to Norman Benally, long-time Peabody opposition leader whose family home lies in the shadow of the mine.
  "They have post-traumatic stress disorder, a lot of the elders do. It's like the same situation that the Vietnam veterans had after they returned from war," he said, because a lot of the cultural ties to the land have been destroyed over time.
McCain proposes closing federal relocation office
Navajo Times, JUNE 9, 2005
   WINDOW ROCK - If U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has his way, officials for the federal Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation Office will lock their doors for the last time on Sept. 30, 2008....
  McCain has introduced legislation before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to shut down the Flagstaff-based program within four years, saying he feels it has accomplished its mission and should go quietly into the night....
Sell outs? Protestors say council puts mining interests before its citizens
Gallup Independent, APR 20, 2005
   WINDOW ROCK - In some people's minds, the 20th Navajo Nation Council may go down in history as the one which sold out the grassroots people, but Black Mesa/Rough Rock/Forest Lake delegate Amos Johnson said Monday that he is not going down with them.
   From the front sidewalk leading to the council chambers, as well as on the floor, Johnson said, "I'm not going to sell my people out. I'm not going to sell our coal, our water for the next 25-50 years. I'm not going to be the one that's going to sell out to the energy company just so the Navajo Nation can get a little bit of money."
   Johnson spoke of Peabody Coal Company's proposed expansion of Black Mesa and Kayenta mines and the company's transition from the fairly pristine N-aquifer to the lesser-quality C-aquifer for the purpose of slurrying coal to Mohave Generating Station in Nevada. The switchover also involves an increase in the volume of water to be used....
Indian Law: Defining Sovereignty
Indian Country Today - Originally Published 13 DEC 2004
   A simple but seductive word lies at the heart of Indian law. Sovereignty means the inherent power to self-govern. But the devil is in the fine print: Govern whom? How much? Under whose thumb? From Congress to the United Nations, august assemblies struggle in vain to define it....
Hopi Warnings to the World
Brenda Norrell - Indian Country Today, MAR. 29, 2005
   HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - From Hopiland, a spiritual vortex for Native people, spiritual leaders Dan Evehema and Thomas Banyacya became the voice of the voiceless: the birds and animals. Warning of the impending apocalypse, they urged all people of good hearts to join them.
   Even in their last years, Evehema and Banyacya warned that material greed and ignoring spiritual truth results in climate change, and, ultimately, the destruction of the world.
   Hopi Snake Priest Evehema said the disease in the world today is greed, and the final insult for this country's aboriginal people is the loss of ceremonial land.
   "We are now faced with great problems, not only here but throughout the land. Ancient cultures are being annihilated. Our people's lands are being taken from them. Why is this happening? It is happening because many have given up or manipulated their original spiritual teachings.
   "The way of life that the Great Spirit has given to all people of the world, whatever your original instructions, are not being honored...."
Energy Secretary Admits Yucca Mountain Data Fabricated - Brenda Norrell, APR 5, 2005
   YUCCA MOUNTAIN, Nev. - The Department of Energy has admitted that data regarding the climatological safety of water infiltration systems at Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage Facility were fabricated, as revealed in e-mails written by U.S. Geological Survey staffers.
   In those e-mails, government scientists of the USGS said they were clueless about project specifics and were willing to backdate data and make things up. One expressed the desire to ''get the hell'' out of Yucca Mountain; another described the nuclear storage facility as being held together by quick fixes.
   ''This is what we felt was going on, they have not been truthful. It shows they want this so bad that they are willing to do anything to move forward with something that hasn't even really been studied,'' Timbisha Shoshone Chairman Joe Kennedy told Indian Country Today....
Feds Interested in Mining Uranium Again Gallup Independent, APR 2, 2005
   FORT DEFIANCE - During spring session, Navajo Nation Council delegates will be asked to consider the Din� Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005 which would place a ban on conventional uranium mining and a lengthy moratorium on uranium processing.
   Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., at a meeting last weekend in Shiprock, told a crowd of more than 500 gathered at the chapter house that the federal government is once again interested in mining uranium and may turn to the Navajo Nation as a source.
   "We're at a critical point in the country regarding the use of uranium," he said, adding that the war in Iraq has generated a need for oil, coal, natural gas and uranium....
ANWR Drilling Could Die with Budget Anchorage Daily News, - APR 3, 2005 
   WASHINGTON -- Opening the Arctic refuge to oil drilling was at the fore of the Senate budget debate last month, but now it has been overshadowed by even more controversial items in the budget as Congress attempts to reconcile two very divergent spending plans in the weeks ahead.
   Not only did the Senate version of the budget open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, it also rescinded $14 billion in Medicaid cuts sought by President Bush and further deepened the deficit by approving new tax cuts without matching spending cuts. None of those items were in the House version of the budget, and some of the House's deficit hawks have been loudly critical of the Senate action.
   If the House and Senate are unable to resolve their considerable differences, the budget could go down in flames, as it has in two of the last three years. And if it does, it will take refuge development with it, since Senate leaders and the state's two Republican senators attempted to open the refuge through the budget process rather than regular legislation....
Tribes Appeal San Francisco Peaks Decision
Indian Country Today, APR 3, 2005
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - American Indians announced their decision to appeal a Coconino National Forest Service decision to use treated sewage water to make snow for tourism on San Francisco Peaks.
   Since time immemorial, this mountain has been a dwelling place of the spirits, and the plants comprise the sacred bundles of American Indian medicine people, Indian representatives said in a press conference at the base of the Peaks.
   The healing powers of San Francisco Peaks have protected the tribes of the Southwest, the nation and the world.
   Cora Phillips, staff assistant to Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr., said, ''These mountains give the Navajo people strength. We have always looked to these mountains for leadership.''...
Indigenous Peoples Day Proclaimed - Indian Country Today, APR 2, 2005
nbsp;  PHOENIX - United Nations Rapporteur J. Wilton Littlechild, Cree Nation of Canada, received a proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day from Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a premiere move for worldwide recognition of the term representing global indigenous self-sufficiency.
   Littlechild is part of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, an advisory body to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council.
   Tupac Enrique Acosta, coordinator of Tonatierra community action organization in Phoenix, said Gordon's recognition of the term ''indigenous peoples'' and what it represents sends a signal to the governments of the world.
   ''The United States government has been blocking acceptance of the term 'indigenous peoples' in the efforts of the draft declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples at the United Nations,'' Enrique told Indian Country Today....
Cloud People Run for the Rain - Indian Country Today, MAR 29, 2005
   SHUNGOPAVI, Ariz. - American Indian runners will carry the sacred message of water to the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City in March 2006, beginning the journey in the Hopi village of Moencopi.
   ''Every person represents a cloud and the more people that come, the more clouds will come to make it rain,'' Hopi run organizer Ruben Saufkie Sr. told Indian Country Today.
   Hopi from each of the 13 villages will join members of other Indian nations to carry their water message 2,000 miles. For Hopi, it is also an effort to bring unity to their people.
Urging runners to begin preparing spiritually now by purifying themselves throughout the year, Saufkie said they would carry the message of how Black Mesa Trust is pressuring the world's largest coal company, Peabody Coal, to stop pumping water from the N-aquifer....
Hopi Tribe Explores Alternative Energy Sources - The Navajo-Hopi Observer, MAR. 31, 2005
   POLACCA - What role does the Black Mesa Trust have in energy issues on Hopi and are they part of the discussions?
   These were the questions on many people's minds during a panel discussion about the Peabody Coal operation on the Hopi Reservation. The Hopi Tribe hosted an energy fair March 22 at Hopi Jr/Sr High School. Various companies or organizations had booths about energy alternatives in the gymnasium.
   Meanwhile, panel discussions were held in the auditorium.
   The first panel was comprised of Hopi Councilwoman Deanna Etnire, Hopi Councilman King Honanie, and General Counsel for the Hopi Tribe Scott Canty and Peabody spokesman Brian Dunfee. Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr. served as the moderator of the panel discussions.
   A second panel discussion included Arizona Corporation Commissioners Bill Mundell, Kris Mayes and Marc Spitzer as they discussed how to improve energy and utilities on the Hopi Reservation.
   Councilwoman Etnire said the Black Mesa Trust's work, which she called "Masayesva group," has been detrimental to the process. She was referring to Vernon Masayesva, executive director of Black Mesa Trust, a Hopi-based environmental group....
Flag Residents Back Native Opposition to Artificial Snow
The Navajo-Hopi Observer, MAR. 31, 2005
   FLAGSTAFF - At a protest held at City Hall the evening of March 18, non-natives present outnumbered Native Americans against artificial snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl.
   Internationally famous Navajo artist Shonto Begay made an appearance at the protest against snowmaking on San Francisco Peaks held March 18 at Flagstaff City Hall.
   Allison Israel moved from Washington DC to Flagstaff 11 years ago. Her husband and son, Lance and Angelo, accompanied her to voice her concerns about the environmental impacts of the Snowbowl.
   "We are here because we need to protect the next seven generations, and making snow is not the way to do it," Israel said....
Earth's Health is Deteriorating as Growing Human Demands for 
Food, Water Strain Ecosystems, U.N. Study Finds
AP - MAR 31, 2005
   LONDON - Growing populations and expanding economic activity have strained the planet's ecosystems over the past half century, a trend that threatens international efforts to combat poverty and disease, a U.N.-sponsored study of the Earth's health warned on Wednesday.
   The four-year, US$24 million study, "the largest ever to show how people are changing their environment" ound that humans had depleted 60 percent of the world's grasslands, forests, farmlands, rivers and lakes.
   Unless nations adopt more eco-friendly policies, increased human demands for food, clean water and fuels could speed the disappearance of forests, fish and fresh water reserves and lead to more frequent disease outbreaks over the next 50 years, it said....
Tribes Look to Religious Protection for Snowmaking AppeallArizona Daily Sun, MAR 30, 2005
   Hopis, Navajos and a handful of other tribes began laying out their case Tuesday for an appeal of the decision to allow snowmaking with reclaimed wastewater at Arizona Snowbowl.
   The tribes contend they weren't adequately consulted before the decision was made.
   Further, the decision undermines religious freedoms guaranteed to everyone under the First Amendment by desecrating sacred land and violates the Forest Service's federal responsibilities to care for Native American trust lands.
   They also asked for an extension of the public comment period on the Snowbowl decision, which will be headed to Albuquerque for review in 27 days....
Skis Carve a Path of Controversy in Arizona - The Christian Science Monitor - MAR 30, 2005
   FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ - Dividing two worlds, the pearl-white loft of the San Francisco Peaks hovers as a dwelling place for powerful earth gods, at least in the eyes of native peoples living on the nearby Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations. But for athletic denizens of urban Flagstaff, those same mountains rising overhead have come to mean something else: a rare opportunity to alpine ski on the arid Colorado Plateau.
   Today, those differing views, one modern, the other ancient, have created a clash of cultures that now reverberates across Western Indian country.
   "The Peaks are part of me. They speak to who I am as a Navajo. It's  hard to put into words  how a landmark can  represent  the essence of your soul, but it does," says Joe Shirley Jr., president of the 300,000-member Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in the US. "It sickens me to think of what the US government is allowing to happen in those mountains."
   A recent decision by the US Forest Service to allow expansion of a commercial ski area and use of treated sewage water for artificial snowmaking in the San Francisco Peaks has incited an emotional debate about spiritual desecration....
A School Built on Navajo Values - The Christian Science Monitor - MAR 29, 2005
   COCONINO COUNTY, ARIZ. - A piece of string takes on the likeness of a Navajo rug pattern with just a few swift twists of the fingers. In a corner of the K-2 classroom, giggling children show off their skill at "spider games." They get to practice only in winter - the season of the Navajo story about Spider Woman giving the gift of weaving.
   The students' artful webs are a good metaphor for their education here at the STAR School, a K-8 charter halfway between Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Navajo reservation town of Leupp. The name stands for Service to All Relations--and the mission is to weave the Navajo system of K'e, meaning kinship and relatedness, into the everyday life of the school....
How Tribes Regained Self-rule, Homelands - Arizona Republic - MAR 27, 2005
   When Ronnie Lupe became chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, it was hardly an auspicious time. The year was 1966 and his eastern Arizona tribe, like all the others, had hit rock bottom.
   Indians faced the deepest poverty in the country. Infant mortality was high and adult life expectancy low. Few had attended college, much less graduated.
   Despite treaties recognizing tribal authority, outside interests ran the reservations. Peabody Coal strip-mined sacred Black Mesa in northeastern Arizona through unfair leases with the Hopis and Navajos. The Bureau of Indian Affairs trashed Apache and other tribal forests with high-yield, unsustainable logging.
   Lupe passionately believed in Apache self-determination. "I am an Apache," he said. "I look at the world differently. The way I do things, the things I believe, the choices I make are all because I am an Apache."
   Yet the proud Apaches had no say on their high-country homeland.
   "We couldn't even open our mail," Lupe recalls. "It all went straight into the BIA's hands." The words of Chief Justice John Marshall, who described Indian tribes as nations, had turned to dust.
   Against all odds, tribal leaders came together, decided to fight back and succeeded. In a historic revival that can be compared to the civil rights, environmental and women's movements, Indian tribes took back their reservations....
Left and Right Unite to Challenge Patriot Act Provisions 
Group wants limits on access allowed law enforcement

San Francisco Chronicle - MAR 23, 2005
   Washington - unusual left-right coalition opened a campaign Tuesday to sharply curtail controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act, showing that Congress and President Bush face a pointed debate over renewing the law enacted just 45 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
   It was a Washington rarity to see the American Civil Liberties Union line up with conservative lions like David Keefe of the American Conservative Union and former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga, but they were among those at a Washington press conference held to assail such Patriot Act provisions as those allowing law enforcement agents to look at library users' records or to conduct unannounced "sneak-and-peek'' searches on homes or private offices.
   "It is not, and never should be necessary, to surrender our rights under the Bill of Rights to fight the war on terrorism,'' said Barr, who as a House member voted for the Patriot Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House and provoked only one dissenting Senate vote....
Wounded Knee '73 Revisited - Indian Country Today - MAR 24, 2005
   WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. - A handful of American Indians took over a church on Feb. 27, 1973 to protest racism and corruption in the Oglala Sioux government. A 71-day war resulted.
   It wasn't meant to be a shootout; the intent was to protest events that were crushing the people's pride and dignity on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Traditional Oglala people claimed they were ignored and some said at the time they were afraid to go into town (Pine Ridge village) for essential items such as food.
   That's when Severt Young Bear, Lakota elder, called in the American Indian Movement: and traditional people and AIM members stood together in the standoff that attracted the media and captured the hearts of supporters nationwide....
Office of Surface Mining (OSM) Comment Period Extended for Black Mesa Mine, N-aquifer Use 
OSM Web Site - FEB 4, 2005
   Two additional public meeting dates have been scheduled, and the deadline for submission of written comments concerning the fate of Peabody Coal's Black Mesa mine and the use of the N- aquifer slurry line has been extended.
   For Details, click the above link.
Use of water for coal slurry challenged in Flagstaff - Navajo Times - JAN 20, 2005
   FLAGSTAFF - Every seat in the Coconino County board room was occupied and people squeezed around doorways to raise questions about proposed changes in the operation of the Kayenta and Black Mesa coalmines, located 125 miles northeast of here.
The Jan. 13 meeting was held by the federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement, which must decide whether to issue a revised permit to Peabody Western Coal Company for the mines....
Too Much of a Good Thing? - Arizona Daily Sun -  FEB 6, 2005
  As skiers enjoy Arizona Snowbowl's best season in years, they are also learning the early bird catches the lift ticket -- season pass or not.
  That's because skiers who don't make it up Snowbowl Road before the ski area's approximately 1,200-vehicle parking lot fills up get turned away, something that has occurred four times so far this season, all on holiday weekends....
Wounded Knee '73 Revisited - Indian Country Today - MAR 24, 2005
   WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. - A handful of American Indians took over a church on Feb. 27, 1973 to protest racism and corruption in the Oglala Sioux government. A 71-day war resulted.
   It wasn't meant to be a shootout; the intent was to protest events that were crushing the people's pride and dignity on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Traditional Oglala people claimed they were ignored and some said at the time they were afraid to go into town (Pine Ridge village) for essential items such as food.
   That's when Severt Young Bear, Lakota elder, called in the American Indian Movement: and traditional people and AIM members stood together in the standoff that attracted the media and captured the hearts of supporters nationwide....
Bush-Hitler: Hypnotizing the Masses
by Russell M. Drake, With Comment by Prof. James Craven, Blackfoot
Originally Published 18 January 2005
   "All effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and these must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulae. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward... Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favorable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice: the very first condition which has to be fulfilled is a systematically one-sided attitude towards every problem. It must present only that aspect of the truth, which is favorable to its own side... the receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble... The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings. It consists in putting a matter so clearly and forcibly before their minds as to create general conviction regarding the reality of a certain fact, the necessity for certain things. It must be limited to a few simple themes and these must be repeated again and again". 
(Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf)

   Said by some to be more dangerous than Osama bin-Laden, he has been condemned as a "war maniac," called a "moron" by the Canadian prime minister�'s chief spokeswoman, ridiculed as "The English Patient" for his struggles with language, and likened to Adolf Hitler.
  Of all the labels hung on George W. Bush, the hardest to shake may be the comparison with Hitler.
  Perhaps the clearest likeness between the two men lies in their use of emotionally induced hypnosis to plant in the mass consciousness an image of themselves as protectors of their subjects from threats to national survival both inside and outside the fatherland....

Navajo Allottees Locked Out of Their Tribe's Water Rights Settlement 
Farmington Daily-Times - JAN 29, 2005
  HUERFANO - More than 25,000 Navajos living in the checkerboard area between Bloomfield and Crownpoint have found themselves locked on the outside of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement Agreement on the San Juan Basin.
  Navajos who live on federal trust land�but not on the reservation�would not gain any Navajo water rights once the settlement is passed by Congress and the New Mexico 11th Judicial District Court.
  The Navajo allottee families who live on plots of land�some as big as 160 acres�have individual land rights held in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs....
Tribes Protest Waste Water Snow on Sacred Mountain - Indian Country Today - JAN 26, 2005
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - American Indians and local residents protested a plan to make snow from wastewater at a ski resort near the Grand Canyon. Skiers and snowboarders were told that San Francisco Peaks are sacred to 13 area Indian tribes and among the Navajos' four sacred mountains.
   Among those protesting with signs at the base of the mountain were members of the Navajo punk rock band Blackfire. The Benally family, members of the Save the Peaks Coalition, sang traditional Navajo songs to honor the mountain, which has been assaulted by various industries.
   Jeneda Benally said, ''We are here to let people know what the ski area is trying to do to this sacred mountain. We want to bring in the new year with respect!
   ''We are not here to tell people what they can or can't do, we want people to know that there are respectful uses of the mountain. Snowmaking with 180 million gallons of contaminated wastewater, and clear cutting 74 acres, is certainly not one of them.''...
Snowmaking Looms for New Forest Chief - Arizona Daily Sun, DEC 26, 2004
   Nestled in eight, 4-inch ring binders at the Coconino National Forest office on Lake Mary Road are all 4,000 comments submitted on the Arizona Snowbowl's proposed upgrade and snowmaking plan.
   Since the day the comment period closed in April, Coconino National Forest staff have culled the variety of opinions and views expressed both for and against the proposal to used reclaimed wastewater to make snow.
   "I've read all of those comments that have been pulled," said Coconino National Forest Supervisor Nora Rasure, in a sit-down interview with the Daily Sun this month. "We're working through all of the comments and we are responding to them."
   The responses will become part of the final environmental impact statement for the Snowbowl snowmaking plan, which Forest Service staff expects will reach completion within the next two or three months....
Nuclear and Chemical Warfare Operations - Unwanted Neighbors - Brenda Norrell - DEC 20, 2004
   DUCKWATER, Nev - Beyond genocide, the poisoning of ancestral lands of the Shoshone, Paiute and Goshute in Nevada and Utah constitutes ecocide, the death of all life forms, and punctuates the pivotal point in state-sanctioned environmental violence toward American Indians.
   ''The Western Shoshone are the most bombed nation in the world,'' said Ian Zabarte, secretary of state for the Western Shoshone Nation Council. Pointing out that the nuclear test site is on Western Shoshone ancestral land, Zabarte said nuclear testing and radiation has taken its toll on his people, but their land rights remain in tact, secured by the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863....
A Slow and Toxic Genocide - Brenda Norrell - DEC 20, 2004
   FORT WINGATE, N.M. - A new study shows American Indians have been exposed to the toxic legacy of two World Wars and the Cold War, with undetonated bombs, nerve gas and live shells littering Indian country and borderlands.
   The United States policy of locating dangerous military operations near Indian communities is described as national racism, reflective of apartheid practices in South Africa.
   ''Consider apartheid: The South African state deliberately and systematically located black communities 'downwind and downstream' of polluting industries and poorly managed waste landfill sites.''...
EPA Looking at Human Testing - NY Times/AP - NOV 30, 2004
   Washington - In setting limits on chemicals in food and water, the Environmental Protection Agency may rely on industry tests that expose people to poisons and raise ethical questions.
   The new policy, which the EPA is still developing, would allow Bush administration political appointees to referee any ethical disputes. Agency officials are putting the finishing touches on a plan to take a case-by-case approach....
Update from Big Mountain - Bahe Katenay - Big Mountain - NOV 1, 2004
   Big Mountain, AZ - Supporters for the traditional Dineh resisting forced relocation have reported that BIA Hopi Agency Law Enforcement Rangers have been monitoring the resistance area intensely. On Sunday, October 31st, an elder woman was forced not to collect vegetation for ceremonial use. These supporters reported that it was unusual to see law enforcement personnel very active on a weekend. It is assumed that this is a campaign to stop "unpermitted wood cutting" in the areas but it goes further than that by keeping up the pressure of harassments and intimidations to remind the Dineh resisters to: "Give up. They lost the battle to keep their lands!"
   The supporters monitored the area to see why there was an active surveillance and perhaps an impoundment of animals might be taking place....
URGENT: Support Needed for Dineh Resister - Bahe Y. Katenay - OCT 27, 2004
   A Dineh resister is facing numerous charges against him for trying to live and care for his livestock. The Rena B. Lane family has lived on the western margin of the Black Mesa geography (and within what is known today as the "HPL") for many generations. Because they have a strong tie to their ancestral lands, they have never signed up for relocation benefits, or the Accommodation Lease Agreement. Jerry Lane, a traditionally inspired son of Rena, has had run-ins with the BIA laws before regarding trespassing and "illegal activites" which means using your lands normally.
  Today, he faces more charges and he is due to appear in court at the BIA-Hopi Agency court near Keams Canyon on the Hopi Indian reservation....
Dineh Resisters Face Continued Threats/Harassment - Bahe Y. Katenay - OCT 23, 2004
   I would like for you to take a moment and remember that the traditional indigeneous resistance still continues on Black Mesa. This resistance has obviously, in previous decades, been an extreme expression of a fight for liberation. It is of course not your typical subtle expression of a politically, opinionated protest that involves basic environment or heritage issues. This traditional resistance has been a continuation of the very core of a land-based, indigenous society's struggle for survival....
   Your prayers and support is very much needed! I have been approached by individuals who are concerned for the welfare of these resisters. And because of the lack of a stable network and volunteer/support personnel, we are unable to make a complete assessments of the situation in the regions of resistance. It is assumed that other elder and younger residents are experiencing hardship at this time. Currently, there are two critical hardships taking place....
   Lawrence Altsisi needs support (though, details are not specific yet). He is a Dineh resident whose parents and relatives have abandoned the ancestral lands for relocation benefits and now, he is still defying orders from the BIA Hopi Agency Law Enforcement to either relocate or sign the Accommodation Agreement. His only means of transportation has been impounded by the BIA Indian agency, and he is unable to haul firewood or water to this residence. He resides about 6 miles SE of the Rocky Ridge General Store. We will try to update you more pending available time and resources to get out there to visit with him....
   Rena B. Lane and her son have also been threatened and harassed. They reside in one of the most remote region of Black Mesa. Due to the intense drought, the Lane family had moved their sheep herd to a more suitable grazing area within their ancestral ranging area. The BIA Hopi Agency discovered the family's sheep camp and began to threatened them with livestock impoundment but they remained with the sheep camp until the herd gained back its health. More recently, Rena's son was preparing for the winter when the Agency law enforcement personnel charged him again (for about the third time now) with "illegally" cutting firewood. All his tools were confiscated and with that he has lost his second chainsaw to the BIA. Shortly after that their only functioning vehicle has broken down and they are now coping with transportation problems....
   I wish to ask for your support on behalf of these resisters... is launching a voter rights page to protect America's right to vote. 
If you believe your right or the rights of others in your community are being denied, send the information here: We will get the TruthOut.

The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute:
Hopi Tribe Threatens to Demolish Living and Historic Navajo Home Site
  Monday, May 10, during the 2004 Spring Survival Gathering, Hopi Tribal Officials approached guests of the family at the Blackgoat home, a Navajo home site located on the disputed Hopi Partition Land (HPL). Officials told the guests that they should remove personal belongings from the structures there, because the Hopi Tribe intends to level the home and the Hogan (traditional round structure, used for living quarters as well as for ceremonies). They also instructed the guests to move the family's livestock, as a herd of sheep still roams the hills as they have for generations.
   This home site was lived in by the late Roberta Blackgoat, an internationally known Matriarch and great grandmother who traveled the world educating the masses about the Dineh (Navajo) people�s plight to remain on their land in order to practice their religion. Blackgoat passed on April 23, 2002. Her children Danny, Sheilah, Harry, and Vici still consider this place to be their home, and they visit on weekends with their children, while =friends care for the site during the week....

A Letter From Dineh Bahe Katenay
Roberta Blackgoat's Home Place Threatened 

   Fighting in a true revolution is difficult. That is why a few of us continue to rekindle a struggle on Big Mountain. A struggle that compose of much reality like making a stand upon actual ancestral land. It is not like making a stand on city property where the police has given a permit to protest. It is not making a stand where we claim a basic right of government privileges such as Freedom of Religion or U.S. Constitution.
   We are a few because we stand for the Right of the Core of Indigenous Beliefs. At Thin Rock Mesa in west central Big Mountain, the late Roberta Blackgoat's home site still sits with the life and all the glory of the belief systems associated to the Sacred Mountain Soil Bundle of the Dineh. This is true sovereignty. That is why the U.S. Justice systems is coercing the Hopi tribal rangers to be the point in this aggression to eliminate the continuous, flickering flame of aboriginal sovereignty....
SENAA West Report
Big Mountain Spring Survival Gathering 2004
by Sara Hayes, Director, SENAA West
   Big Mountain Spring Survival Gathering 2004, held to honor the memory of Grandmother Roberta Blackgoat, brought together supporters of Din� People still residing on the HPL who continue to resist relocation. As a result of this gathering a sense of renewal of this support emerged; it also allowed all who attended to interact with one another, thus building the support network, as well as giving them the opportunity to interact with some of the residents and family members who also attended. The numbers of those present varied as there were comings and goings all the days of this gathering....
Grave Desecration in Southern California - SENAA International - 10 MAR 2004
   An Indigenous American cemetery has been discovered in Playa Del Rey, California. Part of the cemetery was uncovered at the Playa Vista development that began in October of 2003. Currently, there has been destruction of Indigenous American burials, removal of Indigenous American human remains, and the separation of funerary objects from the human remains to which the objects belong....
   Below are links to documents released by the Gabrielino/Tongva detailing the issue. You will find three fact sheets that will inform you of the situation, a letter that you can download and/or print to voice your support for preservation of the site, and a list of names and addresses of those who should be contacted and urged to stop the desecration and restore the disturbed graves....
Roberta Blackgoat: Her Life and Legacy - Al Swilling - SENAA International - 17 MAY 2004
   This Page and those linked to it are dedicated to the memory, bravery, and legacy of Dine'h Elder and spiritual leader Roberta Blackgoat and to the preservation of her memory and her home site for the rightful heirs to her legacy.
  The pages in this series contain statements and photos of Roberta Blackgoat, as well as photos of Roberta's home site taken by SENAA members during what would prove to be our last visit with her. These are only a few of the statements made by Roberta Blackgoat regarding the human rights violations and attempted relocation of Dine'h from their rightful ancestral homes. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection. 
  It is the intention of this collection to offer some insight into the values and dedication that Roberta Blackgoat embodied. Hopefully it will also show the importance of preserving the home site of this beloved woman who has become an icon of spiritual strength to her fellow resisters and to countless people around the world who have stood in support of the Dine'h Big Mountain relocation resistance. Roberta Blackgoat's work is an inseparable part of the history of the that resistance. Likewise, her home site is an historic and historical landmark that should be preserved as part of that area's history....
Plan Would Create Eco-terrorism List - AP - 26 FEB 2004
   OLYMPIA -- Tucked into the Senate Republicans' budget is $50,000 to create a database of people and organizations believed to be involved in eco-terrorism.
   Opponents say the proposal smacks of McCarthyism, and they worry that overzealous list makers could label peaceful activists as terrorists.
   "Almost anybody could end up in this database," said Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, who tried unsuccessfully yesterday to delete the provision, which she called "spooky" and "scary....
FBI Issues Alert Against Almanac Carriers - Associated Press - 30 DEC 2003
    WASHINGTON - The FBI (news - web sites) is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning....
Servicemembers, Veterans, and Members of Their Families can now search for education scholarships that fit their particular needs at The improved Scholarship Search system contains over 1,000 scholarships worth millions of dollars, and includes details on individual scholarship eligibility, monetary amount, and deadlines. Use the new service today....
Commission Releases Report On Indians, Civil Rights - Staff and Wire Reports
   The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released two reports saying the government fails to provide adequate health care, law enforcement and education to American Indians, and that civil rights of American Indians are not protected. It is old news to Kevin Siva, a councilman for the impoverished Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians near Warner Springs...
Diabetes Among Native Americans -The American Diabetes Association
  Approximately 105,000 Native Americans and Alaska Natives, or 15.1% of the population, receiving care from Indian Health Services (IHS), have diabetes.  At the regional level, diabetes prevalence is 5.3% among Alaska Natives and 25.7% among Native Americans in the southeastern United States.  With its complications--heart attack and stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations--diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure....
Social and Human Rights Questions Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Information concerning indigenous issues requested by Economic and Social Council, Report of the Secretary-General, UN Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights.