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Writings of an Independent Navajo

Doo shił báházinda

Written By: Darrr - Oct• 02•13

I don’t get it.  Isn’t it all about balance?  Is our country not a constitutional republic with three distinct branches that are equal in importance but each has different and particular powers?  I know I’m old, so can someone enlighten me if the civic lessons of my yesteryears have changed?

I am amazed by sitting representatives of our citizens running around like circus clowns claiming that “th…is is not how government should work” when in actuality, yes, this is how it is supposed to work.  Citizens did not appreciate how a certain law was enacted so they chose to exercise their constitutional rights and elect to office those that could counter or rework the law.  The House of Representatives is known as the “People’s House” for a reason, they are elected to directly represent the wishes of the people who elected them.

To those that keep saying, “the President won, the ACA is the law – deal with it”, what a waste of words.  Thank God the predecessors of our representatives did not have that attitude when Slavery needed to be abolished and the Civil Rights Act was needed, not to mention all the other laws that have been repealed.   Most things can be improved, and our laws are not exempt from being examined.

Our President promised to bring us together, to put an end to the type of politics that breeds division and conflict and cynicism, counseled us to resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.  How does consistently demeaning, denigrating and deriding the elected representatives of the people further those lofty words?  As for Congress, how dare they take a paycheck from the people just so they can play cat and mouse with one another

Sit down, pass what you agree on and get it off the table, then tackle the hard stuff!

It’s never too late to share…

Written By: Darrr - Sep• 27•10

Contributed by Native Unity (Reporter)
Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:37
Resolution To Restrict NTUA Fails
By Kathy Helms
Dine Bureau
Gallup Independent

WINDOW ROCK – A resolution which would restrict Navajo Tribal Utility Authority from providing services such as water and natural gas to off-Navajo Nation enterprises failed to gain approval of the Resources Committee last week.

Sponsor Bobby Robbins and To’ Nanees’ Dizi Chapter Vice President Robert Yazzie presented concerns Thursday regarding NTUA possibly selling water to the Hopi Tribe, stating that the chapter objects to NTUA entering into a contract with the Moenkopi Hopi Economic Development Corp. to provide water and natural gas to the $13 million hotel and conference center just across U.S. Highway 160 from Tuba City.

Presenters cited the Navajo Nation’s pending water rights settlement in Arizona, drought conditions and lack of water for Navajo residents in the Cameron, Tuba City, and Grand Canyon area as major factors.

“In Tuba City, how severe is the water shortage,” Vice Chairman Curran Hannon asked. Robbins said that when the water is low, NTUA shuts it down. The water shortage is such that many residents suffer on a daily basis from not having ready access to adequate, clean water, they said. (more…)

There goes the Wind…

Written By: Darrr - Jun• 10•10

And so it goes, along with all the other projects that have died before becoming reality.  It seems that the Wind Project highly anticipated and hoped for in the Gray Mountain and Cameron area has been put on hold.  What  a surprise!

Given what we now know about how the Gulf Oil Spill has been handled, it’s not surprising that our little section of the reservation will not see the Wind Project come to fruition anytime soon, if ever.  It comes as no surprise that when Politicians become involved without taking into account the wishes and voices of the people that are affected, obstacles begin appearing and all too often will derail what is needed most.

What a disappointment to all the people who spent so much time putting together proposals, conducting the studies, attending meetings and providing input.

It’s a real shame.

Far and Wide

Written By: Darrr - Jul• 31•09

Desert Rock energy debate continues and reaches far and wide.  Recently, Desert Rock opponents claimed a small victory when the EPA rescinded the Air Quality permit issued to the developers.  This may be only a temporary victory, depending on the steps next taken by the developers and the Navajo Transmission Project.

Interestingly, even President Obama and his administration are now part of the commentary.  While Obama is keen on expanding wind and solar energy for our nation, it seems that what actually transmits and delivers that energy is what is at the root of the problem. In addition to the disturbing information of how much pollution would be brought to Desert Rock and the surrounding areas, it is equally disturbing to realize that no plans have been made to share that energy with the great number of households that are in that area that currently have no electricity.  In fact, it seems the majority of the energy would be transmitted to more “deserving” large cities in the west.

Tuba City and Uranium continued –

Written By: Darrr - Jun• 20•09

Although it is very important to share thoughts about a particular subject, I find that this one leaves me at a lost for words.  All I can do is provide links to various sites that will provide you with a more in-depth picture of what has taken place so far.

What I can say is that it leaves me nauseated and unbelieveably scared that this could happen at all.  May your leaders take better care of you in your part of the world.  (more…)

Uranium and Coal Mining

Written By: Darrr - Jun• 10•09

While I was doing some research on the types of natural resources that are currently mined on the Navajo Reservation, I came across a research report that was done by Erin Klauk as part of educational materials that she was gathering for the University of Montana and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC).  Her studies and research helped me to gain a better understanding of the Uranium mining that has taken place and impacted the health of not only the Navajo People, but the livestock they raise and the crops they grow. (more…)

Living Beneath an Iron Giant

Written By: Darrr - Jun• 10•09

It was the 60’s and I was very young when I first became aware of the “giants” that were being built across Navajoland.  My family and I watched as men came through to grade the land to make a road that would wind into the hills beneath the towers and wires.  (more…)


Written By: Darrr - May• 27•09

It is interesting to see how Navajos and the land they live on have been used by United States government administrations and leaders through the years.  In the early 1920’s, oil was discovered on Navajoland, prompting the establishment of an official tribal government.  The discovery of oil would be followed by discoveries and mining of other minerals and natural resources.  (more…)

Writings about things that VEX me!

Written By: Darrr - May• 09•09

Welcome to Rez Resources!   I want to first  acknowledge technology, gadgets and gizmos and how little I know about them all.  Secondly, I want to share how some things in this life and world are so perplexing to me, that it made sense for me to use the strange tools of today to share my thoughts.

As you can probably see, I am new to blogging but I thank you for dropping by and visiting. Please introduce yourself, feel free to leave comments and come back any time.

Resolution of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Traditional Elders Circle, 1980
“There are many things to be shared with the Four Colors of humanity in our common destiny as one with our Mother the Earth. It is this sharing that must be considered with great care by the Elders and the medicine people who carry the Sacred Trusts, so that no harm may come to people through ignorance and misuse of these powerful forces.”