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

Reading hell = SB 2109 — Let’s rant!

RANT ALERT!  Forewarning–feel free to skip the first paragraph vent if you’re easily offended by ranting that does not bother with being politically correct. Thank you for your patience, forbearance and understanding.

Ever find your patience dramatically challenged by the inability to read or comprehend the written text? Sometimes this is the result of a language barrier. Sometimes it’s the result of fatigue.  Sometimes it’s the result of a cultural divide.  Sometimes it’s the result of misunderstanding a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain poor reading comprehension skills. Sometimes it results from psychological triggers unexpectedly being set off by a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain ignorance. Sometimes it’s the result of stupidity–yes stupidity for lack of a more accurate politically correct word.  Sometimes it’s the result of a mental or physical illness (I suspect my brother’s inability to comprehend simple rational concepts in English is the result of the former rather than the later impairment as he seems to be functioning on the physical level. But I could be wrong about this conclusion.  A coin flip could decide the issue better than I. But it won’t stop me from sending him a visit from a straightjacket brigade when I have the funds to do so.)  Sometimes it’s the result of a cunning plan to mislead and dissuade folks from realizing one’s intentions. Sometimes it’s just the nature of legal documents.  I could go on with these “Sometimes” but I will spare you such speculations. But do feel free to share your own insights and expand my perspective by doing so.

Oh and let me attempt to make one thing very clear— I do NOT support passage of SB 2109.    Second clarification: Links are to petitions to STOP SB 2109– NOT in support of it.   Are we all chill now?  If this is in any way still unclear– polite and civil requests for clarification will be politely and civilly answered to the best of my ability to do so.

The following is basically a list of some items of interest regarding the continuing saga of SB 2109 which involves a deviously ambiguously constructed senate bill introduced by Senator Jon Kyl and Senator John McCain of Arizona.  Reading the full text of the bill might drive you over the edge with its definitions and legalese language.  Have your favorite painkiller/food comfort readily available as you explore the contents.  I needed two rounds of ibuprofen, more coffee than normally consumed and a quantity of dark chocolate that I will not divulge in order to wade through the damn thing.  Yes, I do believe it was written to be confusing and hard to understand–deliberately.  That’s right deliberately written for difficult reading. And that makes the easily comprehensible sections even more suspect in my paranoid brainpan.  Gee, there’s a reason for writing that way–usually it’s to hide things in plain sight.  O yes, asses need to be covered legally and writing such as this is great for covering asses like McCain and Kyl.  I am so glad I am NOT a journalist with aspirations of total objectivity.  I’d fail utterly as I am well aware of my limitations in this regard.  But I’m not a reporter or journalist—soooooo ON with this blog show!

Virtual comfort food compliments of Yi-Ching Lin photography at http://yichinglin.com/2012/04/12/sweet-potato-pie/  Beware– Yi-Ching has a flare for food photos.

Follow whatever catches your interest. Thank you for visiting my blogcasa.

Following excerpt from Anne Minard’s article at Indian Country Today Media Network. In depth piece  complete with decent map and some  very wishy-washy verbal moves by the likes of Stanley Pollack. Gee, I wonder what motivates folks to write hard to comprehend legislature? Could it be in order to make it harder for people to comprehend and therefore oppose such legislation? OO never! (sarcasm).

Senator Kyl acknowledges in a public video  about the bill that, “Legally, the Navajo Nation and Hopi tribe may assert  claims to larger quantities of water [than are outlined in the settlement] but … they do not have the means to make use of those supplies in a safe and  productive manner. “

Becenti disputes that. “In reality we do have a lot of water projects that we  were talking about 30 years ago,” he said. “But every time we approach the  United States government to approve them, they won’t.”

And Jihan Gearon, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, says  the provisions that help shore up the future of the Navajo Generating Station  are a direct affront to her group’s efforts to build renewable energy capacity  across the reservation.

“As an organization, our goal is to shut down the Navajo Generating Station  and transition to renewable energy development,” she said. The settlement, on  the other hand, appears to be “part of this big strategy to keep the Navajo  Generating Station going at the lowest possible cost. These things that they’re  stipulating have nothing to do with who should be offered which water. Instead,  they support unsustainable development that’s happening in northern Arizona

Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320#ixzz1sPGN2xcx

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320

Link to petition at change.org U.S. Senate Remove S 2109 from consideration. This petition currently has 7,794 signatures of 10,000 goal.

http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-senate-remove-s-2109-from-consideration

Link to full text of SB 2109 Navajo-Hope Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2109/text

Link to the Native News Network http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/  and link to Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo Hopi Water Rigths by Ed Beccenti http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/senate-bill-2109-seeks-to-extinguish-navajo-and-hopi-water-rights.html

Link to Native News Network on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/navajotruth/posts/388536937846648#!/nativenewsnetwork

Via Native News Network: People being turned away from meeting at Tuba City Charter Hall due to room for only 200 inside. Speakers were set up outside for those not able to enter.  Click photo to visit Native News Network site. Apparently people were told to ask questions only in Navajo and some were not allowed to ask questions.

From National Native News:

The following is the schedule of public forums on the Little Colorado River Water Rights. All meetings are scheduled at 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the respective location indicated.

  • April 17   Greyhills High School Auditorium, Tuba City
  • April 18   Pinon High School Auditorium, Pinon
  • April 19   Ganado Chapter House, Ganado
  • April 20   Oak Springs Chapter House, Oak Springs
  • April 24   Leupp Chapter House, Leupp
  • April 25   Teesto Chapter House, Teesto
  • April 26   Fort Defiance Chapter House, Fort Defiance

Take note that there are 110 Navajo communities–not just these 7 picked for meetings.

If you click on the colored sections of the map at the right of the page it will pull up the communities in each area — http://www.nndcd.org/

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/road-trips/navajo-hopi-arizona-map/

Navajo Nation link for Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_Nation

Navajo Nation Government site link   http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/   Go on visit and put faces with some names.

Climate Connections’ link to KPFK Earth segment with Jihn Gearon, Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition  http://climate-connections.org/2012/04/12/kpfk-earth-segment-jihan-gearon-director-of-black-mesa-water-coalition-on-proposed-arizona-legislation-that-will-have-drastic-effects-on-native-lands-and-the-region/ 

Beyond the Mesas link for Hopi statements http://beyondthemesas.com/tag/hopi/

O I am so sorry if we’re NOT having fun yet.  Some days just don’t cooperate.  Virtual self face slap is in order as I am now annoying myself…….

Please do let me know if any links are broken or not working. Thank you.

Now I need one of those sweet potato yum yums. I don’t deserve it. Just want one.

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