Media, Music and Movies ~ For Uranium Mining On Navajo Land, Plus Snow From Sewage

Yes, it’s Monday. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. It’s national beer drinking day for a lot of folks.

But it’s also another day in the ongoing fight against uranium mining and its consequences everywhere from the past to the present.

On March 14, 2014 independent journalist Amy Goodman reported from Flagstaff, Arizona about the ongoing environmental and health issues connected with uranium mining and its long-term consequences for the Dine ~ Navajo people.  The main portion of her video report is posted here but there is a great deal more information and related coverage on Democracy Now!’s site.  Part of the Democracy Now! broadcast discussed the use of music and film by to raise awareness and share information regarding issues.  To supplement DN!’s coverage I’ve included two videos featuring Klee Benally’s music and an informative video about Outta Your Backpack Media which teaches Indigenous people how to make and use movies to address the need for media justice and coverage in their communities.  There’s a trailer for the film The Return of Navajo Boy which is referenced in the news piece.  The film’s website –> http://navajoboy.com/.  Democracy Now!’s page for the story also includes links to information and related stories. 

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Without Water & Weather Changes ~ Klee Benally

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http://kleebenally.com

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“A Slow Genocide of the People”  Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy On Indigenous Land  

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Democracy Now! A Daily Independent News Hour  —  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/a_slow_genocide_of_the_people

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Outta Your Backpack

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The Return of Navajo Boy Trailer

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This is a trailer for the award-winning documentary film, “The Return of Navajo Boy.” See its official website for more information:http://www.navajoboy.com

Also see Groundswell Educational Films website:

http://groundswellfilms.org

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Song of the Sun ~ Klee Benally

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What part of sacred don’t you understand?

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It’s such fun meeting new people. Here’s a very energetic fellow, Richard F. Clement Jr. CEO, President, Director, Member of Disclosure and Compensation Committees at Powertech Uranium Corp. Yep, Mr. Clement is a big fan of uranium.

           Sorry for such a narrow focus, but my curiosity about Powertech knows no boundaries.  I can’t quite figure out why anyone would want to deal with uranium extraction in any manner. Oh yes the nuclear power industry and the nuclear weapons industry and some other poor sods who think nuclear energy is so sweet even though there’s NO way to clean up its toxic waste. Well, I so need to get past this uranium compulsion so I’m just going to drop the “dots” here and let the lines be what they are–visible or invisible to any inquiring minds. When I find some wonderful visual that connects it all, like the water cycle illustration, I will gleefully share it. Haven’t found one for uranium mining/extraction–yet. There’s got to be one out there somewhere. Do share if you have a link to one. For now your ears may have to take the lead.  So many “dots” and only so much brainspace for juggling them all.  Whose got a pencil/pen for lines between dots? Reading and listening necessary for inking–unless you’re following in Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize winning footsteps.

Trivia tidbit, Marie Curie’s cookbook and scientific papers are radioactive-per Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie .  Working on the cutting edge of science at her time, Curie had no foreknowledge of the health dangers connected with radioactive materials.

Bloomberg Businessweek information source http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=35789868&ticker=PWE:CN

 

Yes, Mr. Richard F. Clement is a very busy fellow. But don’t worry about him being overworked and underpaid at $249,500 (stock options included) per year as of 2011.  Clement is a long time fan of uranium mining according to his profile on the Bloomberg Businessweek page. He likes mining uranium in the United States for Powertech, a company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. (wave!). Mr. Clements has been playing with uranium in the USA (and Australia) since about 1967 as far as I can currently tell from his profile. Yep, he served Mobil Oil for starters as operations manager for uranium exploration in the USA. I wonder if he explored the uranium mines that some Navajo are rather concerned about in regard to health issues? Who knows? I’m sure Richard F. Clement Jr. knows for sure. But I don’t think he’s going to tell me.  Maybe Uranium Resources in New Mexico can clarify this point? Probably could–but not likely to do so.

On Powertech’s website potential health issues regarding radioactive isotopes are downplayed to make uranium mining seem safe:

  • Uranium and its decay products primarily emit alpha particles that have little ability to penetrate through membranes, such as skin or even paper. Lower levels of both beta and gamma radiation also are emitted.
  • Long-term studies of regions with uranium recovery show no increased risk of cancer mortality from living nearby such facilities.

Powertech’s thinking is outlined here  http://www.powertechuranium.com/i/pdf/Powertech_Sept_2012_Presentation.pdf

If uranium extraction/recovery is harmless as Powertech wants folks to think, then I am a Great White Shark.

OOPS! Am not! Bummers.

More from Clement’s profile on Bloomberg Businessweek:

“He [Clement] served as a Senior Vice President of Exploration of Uranium Resources from 1983 to 1996 and subsequently as President of Uranium Resource’s New Mexico subsidiary, Hydro Resources Inc., until 1999 where he oversaw the securing of all necessary mining permits for ISL development of Hydro Resource’s uranium deposits.”

Obviously Mr. Clement has moved on in search of fresher uranium pastures in South Dakota and Wyoming per the Dewey-Burdock Project, Powder River Basin, Centennial and other proposed mining projects.

Lena Morgan describes “divide and conquer” uranium mine developer’s style –along with some other interesting tidbits to the tune of tailings waste. The other fellows’ comments ought to give anyone pause.

Video from Democracy Now!

More information fun about uranium mining from If You Love This Planet with Dr. Helen Caldicott –Medical Effects of Uranium Mining on Population  & Native Peoples. This program is well worth your listening time because of all the information it presents.

 

Powertech Exposed:      http://www.powertechexposed.com/

Power Uranium Corporation, Advancing Towards Uranium Production  http://www.powertechuranium.com/s/Home.asp

If Mr. Clement Jr has his way see what’s in store for Dewey-Burdock, Centennial, Powder River Basin, Aladdin and Dewey Terrace in South Dakota and Wyoming  http://www.powertechuranium.com/i/pdf/Powertech_Sept_2012_Presentation.pdf

 US Nuclear Regulatory Commission http://www.nrc.gov/

Locations of Uranium Recovery Sites  http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/decommissioning/uranium/index.html

re: Uranium Recovery http://www.nrc.gov/materials/uranium-recovery.html

re: Tribal Protocol Manual http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/state-tribal/tpm.html

Uranium information  http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/uranium.html

Navajo Recall Ben Shelly Effort Underway.

 

http://www.recallbenshelly.com/

Click link above to hear audio information in Navajo regarding the Recall Ben Shelly effort.

Visit the Facebook page for Recall Ben Shelly —>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly

Read the Dine’ Recall Ben Shelly statement here –>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly/info

Reasons Why Recall Is Underway Revealed–on Native News Network –>> http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/reasons-why-recall-is-underway-revealed.html

    Sorry for all the links folks, but I think it’s best that people looking for information regarding this Recall effort see/hear/read it at places where it can be found online so that they have those sources for the future.

     I’ve been following Dine’ water issue and watching to see how this all plays out with much interest in how the Navajo people are working together.  There’s only one thing I can contribute to this story. It’s been over 30 years since I spent some time at what was then Ganado Community College in Arizona.  While there I learned that many Navajo and Hopi people had to haul water from wells, from natural potholes in the ground that caught rainwater, from 55 gallon drums, and anything else that would serve, set out to catch rainwater or that were filled from natural sources and hauled back home.  At that time they’d been doing all this water hauling forever. Thirty years later they’re still doing it in many communities.  In a video for SB 2109 Sen. John McCain used a photograph of Navajo people drawing water from a well and he made a comment that they have no infrastructure to deliver water to their homes.  McCain did not go on to say that this should not be happening in 2012. He did not say, “These people need infrastructure to get water to their homes.” What he did say is that water can be used effectively by OTHERS and should be!

    Here I sit where with the twist of a wrist I can turn on a flow of water into a kitchen sink and fill a glass with clean drinking water at will. Another twist and I can send water through a hose at a drip to the local heat exhausted birds foraging in the front yard. I can flush an indoor toilet all day long. Hot and cold showers are available on demand.  The laundry machine is just a few steps away for washing clothes. The only water I haul is in a plastic two gallon pail to the little bird beach in the backyard under the trees beyond the reach of the hose. Can you imagine having to haul ALL your drinking, cooking, bathing, gardening water all the time? Think about it. I suggest Shelly, McCain and Kyl think about it too.  Furthermore, I suggest they DO it themselves. Yes, I suggest those fellows all get dropped off at the Navajo community furthest from any water whatsoever and be left to their own devices to get their water supply in order to survive. All on their own with no one to help them carry a single drop.

Some general information about the Navajo Nation http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Navajos.html

SB 2109 voted DOWN by Navajo Council — as reported by Native News Network

The Native News Network reports that SB 2109 has been rejected by the Navajo Council in a vote on July 5, 2012. 

For more information visit:

Link to Native New Network story  http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/navajo-nation-council-votes-down-water-settlement.html

Black Mesa Water Coalition FB link http://www.facebook.com/blackmesawc

Navajo Truth Stop SB 2109 FB link http://www.facebook.com/navajotruth

Rain + Poetry = Navajo Water Songs

Dine’ poet Luci Tapahonso’s “Dust Precedes the Rain” seems appropriate for both a tip of the cyber hat to April as National Poetry Month –and to focus on the joys of water, especially rain–water that falls from the sky.

“The water from the sink is no good for making pottery.

It just ruins it,” my children’s Acoma grandmother would say.

Thereafter she sent the kids to replace the full bowls of rainwater

that had filled since it began to rain.

Her son said that when he was a child, the rain smelled

and tasted so good–he and other kids played outside,

laughing and running around–and they stopped once in a while to lick

the cool adobe walls . The sides of the smooth houses were

fragrant and nurturing. From atop the mesa at Acoma Pueblo,

it is possible to see almost seventy miles in each direction.

 

It is the same on the reservations surrounding Phoenix.

Long before the rains come, the gentle desert wind

carries the scent of rain, wild plants flutter anxiously,

and pets frolic, acting silly. To the west, the thunderheads

loom dark and full. Thin waves of dust precede the rain,

rolling tumbleweeds and bits of paper, and the children run and skip,

allowing the wind to push them along. They yell and laugh.

The lilting sounds ae carried eastward by the blowing slants

of rain–their laughs and shouts  caught in the leaves of sturdy trees.

They linger in the crevices of small hills and arroyos

and finally swirl into the slopes of the purple mountains nearby.

 

It must have been the same when the Hohokamiki lived here

where the expressway crosses over. The children played

in the dust- charged breezes, shouting and running in circles,

and when the rains began, they paused, their faces turned upward

to taste the cool clean rain.

 

Their quiet gratitude for brimming pots of water remains

now in the crumbling re-buried walls fo their small homes.

The still concentration with which they painted pottery

remains in the small toys and tiny woven sandals that are unearthed:

their spirits remain in the dry grains of dirt

that were dug up by shovels, backhoes, and bulldozers.

 

This is evident in the persistence of the bright wild plants

that push their way out of the dry ground.

This is evident in the new growth that springs up

along the arroyos and streams following sudden rains.

This is evident in the island of peaceful silence

that the museum cradles amid the city’s frenzy.

This is evident in the restless energy of the busloads

of children who visit the old homes of the Hohokamiki today.

They recognize the old history that is theirs.

They recognize the old history that is ours.

@Luci Tapahonso, “Dust Precedes the Rain” from Blue Horses Rush In, University of Arizona Press

Link for Luci Tapahonso at University of Arizona:

http://www.ais.arizona.edu/people/luci-tapahonso

Child of Water  video uploaded by outtayourbackpack, Camille Manybeads sings.

Refresh Mother Earth with the Black Mesa Water Coalition, yá’át’ééh

Video by Paper Rocket Productions LLC

Please meet some of the people who form the Black Mesa Water Coalition. Roberto Nutlouis and others attended the Indigenous Environmental Network Conference on the Rights of Mother Earth in April.  They’re deep into water issues in Navajo and Hopi Country and creating Green businesses to support their traditional communities working to develop sustainable economies. Since they are a part of these communities they have a vested interest in their future.  We are all a part of the community of Earth. So we are all connected. We are all related.

Learn more on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/#!/blackmesawc/info

Have you kissed Mother Earth today?

Link to Navajo language page http://library.thinkquest.org/J002073F/thinkquest/Language.htm

Stop Senate Bill 2109 Now! Peter McDonald does the water math — sheep included!

yourstorydigital filmed and edited this video for everyone to SHARE! So please share it widely to help prevent the theft of Navajo-Hopi water rights.  I hope I’m as lucid as Peter McDonald if I ever reach 83 years of age.  Got sheep? Need water. Ain’t got sheep–still need water. Why give away what you need to live for others to waste? Who needs another coal mine? Who needs another mall? Who needs another subdivision for snowbirds? Genocide comes in many forms–taking away water that gives life is one way to kill people.  Once the water is gone then so will be the people and all other living things.  Tell Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl to take a hike down a Peabody Coal Mine shaft.

Online form to tell McCain what you think of SB 2109  http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Online form to tell Kyl what you think of SB 2109  http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

What more do you need? Nudge, nudge–Earth Day is every day.

NOTE   POST UPDATE REGARDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PETER MCDONALD’S GREAT SPEECH. THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED ON YOUTUBE BY YOURSTORYDIGITAL APPROX 12 HOURS PRIOR TO THIS NOTE:

“Dear Friends,

I have been asked to remove Chairman McDonald’s speech by his family. I must respect their wishes. Please do not distribute any copies you may have made. Thank you for understanding. Susan”

PERHAPS THIS INDICATES ANOTHER REASON WHY SB 2109 NEEDS TO BE STOPPED?  AT THIS POINT IN TIME I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER. BUT NOW I’M WONDERING EVEN MORE ABOUT THE CONTEXT IN WHICH THIS WATER RIGHTS ISSUE IS OPERATING.

Another ‘update’–scroll down to Mario’s comment for another excellent video link!!! Thank you!!!!

Water War! McCain and Kyl dirty dealing with attorney to steal water rights from Navajo and Hopi People via SB 2109

Oh yeah the water wars are heating up and Senators John “I think I own 7 homes” McCain and Jon Kyl are on the point predators on the prowl to destroy the water rights of the Navajo and Hopi people in Arizona and New Mexico.  Apparently the two senators of questionable honor have been making very quiet verbal agreements with an attorney for the Navajo Tribe without any consultation of the Dine and Hopi people most concerned and most in need of water for their survival.  If they’ve got nothing to hide and if this is such a sweet deal for the Navajo and Hopi then why have the deal makers been keeping SB 2109 sooo out of the view of those most interested?  When the two senators representing the greedy needs of water hungry urban communities and industries arrived in Tuba City over three hundred Dine and Hopi people were there to share their NON acceptance of Senate Bill 2109 to take away their rights to water.  Grinning like greedy fat cats McCain and Kyl left Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly to face the wrath of his own people after their closed doors little chat.  110 Navajo communities will be negatively impacted by Senate Bill 2109 yet their own elected president is offering town hall meetings in only 7 communities to discuss SB 2109.

Where do you get your water from? Do you turn a knob and have all you need for drinking, cooking, and cleaning? Or do you have to put out containers to catch rainwater for consumption? What would you do if someone cut off your drinking water supply? What’s more important–water for drinking or for washing cars?  Would you water your lawn and deprive others of clean water to drink by doing so? Btw, drinking water out of those plastic bottles is bad for your health—and it’s someone else’s tap water anyway.  Yep, you enrich some plastic bottle company with every one you purchase thinking it contains ‘special’ magic water.

Oh and apparently the Peabody Coal Mining Company has a vested interest in this agreement. Yes, more dirty energy industry development on the move despite climate change realities…..

Visit Black Mesa Water Coalition on fb for more news and updates. http://www.facebook.com/blackmesawc/info#!/blackmesawc

Official site Black Mesa Water Coalition http://www.blackmesawatercoalition.org/

Link for Non Navajo anti SB2109 Petition  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxvRFqk-EAxSUlVVREM1VjVUdkMxbURaZm5PTDUtUQ/edit?pli=1

Link for Navajo anti SB 2109 Petition  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxvRFqk-EAxSSzVyN2I4bklUWDI4TEpOOHhvN0Zfdw/edit?pli=1

Link to Navajo Times Naize’s statement  http://thenavajopost.com/2012/04/04/navajo-speaker-naize-slams-meetings-with-senators-kyl-and-mccain/

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