Navajo Mountain desperate for water

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WINDOW ROCK — The Office of the Speaker has been helping to coordinate efforts with various governmental entities to get the water supply returned to the Navajo Mountain community and to keep community roads operational.

The Navajo Mountain community has experienced a water supply shortage because of damage to the system from recent adverse weather conditions.

“Our office will continue to coordinate these efforts until the problems are resolved and the community’s water supply has been restored,” Speaker Lawrence Morgan said. “We have been working diligently to gather numerous resources to help clear the roads and make them safe once again for local residents.”

http://www.gallupindependent.com/2008/12december/122908navajomountain.html

Honoring Floyd Westerman and the Miwok Youths

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Honoring Floyd Westerman and the Miwok Youths

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Article and photos by Brenda Norrell

Censored Blog Talk Radio offers a tribute to Floyd Red Crow Westerman, sharing his songs and words. Westerman speaks on the Spirit World and what is happening to Mother Earth.
“America is dying from within, because they forgot the instructions of how to live on earth,” Westerman said. He said without the understanding of the spritiual reality of living on earth, “It is likely you will not make it.”
“We are here on earth only a few winters, then we go to the Spirit World.”
Westerman describes how the United States is creating monstrous conglomerates to facilitate energy for America, polluting sacred water and sacred mountains to do it.
America is destroying itself, but Native people will live on.
“We will outlive their ways. Our ways will outlive America’s ways. It is because we regard the earth as sacred,” Westerman says in the series of recordings.
“Our Mother is a sacred entity.”
Westerman said it is important to educate people that the people coming across the border are Indian people. Speaking on broken treaties, Westerman said, “The United States of America is an occupation of Indian land.”
With warnings for America and its spiritual state, he said, “You shouldn’t let the dollar control what you are doing.”
“America, you won’t be here long.”
Westerman said great changes are coming and when one looks at evolution, one knows, “It is time.”
Censored News also honors the Native American youths on the Longest Walk, with traditional songs and conversations with the Miwok youths from Shingle Springs, California, Daniel, Junior and Vinny, with Everett, Washo. The Miwok youths sing with clapper sticks made from elderberry branches.
On the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol at Harrisburg, Mohawk and Tuscarora welcome the Longest Walk to the east with songs and prayers. Jerry McDonald, Mohawk, speaks of respecting and honoring Mother Earth and of universal peace. Longest Walk Carl Bad Bear Sampson also speaks at the gathering, where the Pennsylvania governor’s representative heralds the Long Walk for honoring the earth and protecting sacred sites.
Longest Walk recordings by Earthcycles on the Longest Walk.
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Photos: Floyd Westerman with the International Indian Treaty Council at the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas in San Xavier, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation in 2006. Photo Brenda Norrell.
Photo 2: Daniel and Junior on the Longest Walk in Eureka, Nevada, after singing Miwok songs for Western Shoshone Carrie Dann in the spring of 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell
Photo 3: Vinny, Miwok walker and runner, at the Indigenous Environmental Network’s annual Honoring Mother Earth Conference, held this year on Western Shoshone land in Southfork, Nevada, in July 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell.

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Express outrage: Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Express outrage: Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa


Interior Approves Permit for Coal Mining on Hopi Lands
Black Mesa Trust Calls for Telephone, Letter Campaign

By Vernon Masayesva
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz., Dec. 29 — As expected, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSM), the sole regulatory agency overseeing mining on Black Mesa, has made a formal decision approving Peabody Western Coal’s application for a life-of-mine permit that would combine mining operations at Black Mesa Mine and Kayenta Mine.
The decision was announced during the Hopi Soyalung ceremonies throughout our villages. Soyalung is when Hopis plant their prayers for the coming year. It is a time the priests carry out sacred rituals to renew the earth, and pray for peace and harmony throughout the world. It is similar to the Jewish Chunaka observance, of bringing light to darkness.
This is the ancient ritual OSM has rudely interrupted. It is a blatant action sanctioning Peabody to exploit our natural resources for the benefit of its wealthy owners, officers and stockholders.
Black Mesa Trust appeals to people all over the world to express their outrage by writing or calling:

Dirk Kempthorne
Secretary of Interior
US Department of Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202/208-3100

Al Klein
Western Regional Director
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
P. O. Box 46667
Denver, CO 80201-6667
Phone: 303/293-5001
aklein@osmre.gov

Brent Wahlquist, Director
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202/208-2719

Dennis Winterringer, Director
Western Region, Southwest Branch
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
P. O. Box 46667
Denver, CO 80201-6667
Phone: 303/293-5030
E-mail dwinteringer@osmre.gov.

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Hanford Is Ahead Of Schedule On Shipping Weapons-Grade Plutonium

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The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is ahead of schedule on shipping weapons-grade plutonium to South Carolina.

That means the especially risky radioactive material could be off the site in Southeast Washington by June. Correspondent Anna King reports.

Hanford is home to all kinds of dangerous stuff. And one of the most radioactively hot is weapons grade plutonium. Hanford stopped producing it in 1989.

http://news.opb.org/article/3907-hanford-ahead-schedule-shipping-weapons-grade-plutonium/

Cartoon of the Day

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Gibbons names Loux replacement

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A former Sparks mayor and television sports broadcaster is the new executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects.

Gov. Jim Gibbons announced Monday the appointment of Bruce Breslow, who has served in several local and state government posts.

The agency leads the state’s opposition to federal plans for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/36871574.html

Indonesia Police Destroy Indigenous Village

Indonesia Police Destroy Indigenous Village

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On December 18 Indonesian police forces violently evicted 400 indigenous people from their land in the province of Riau on the eastern coast of Sumatra.

According to Amnesty International, approximately 700 local security forces entered the village of Suluk Bongka, firing bullets and tear gas.

“As the villagers fled into the forest, two helicopters then dropped what was thought to be a fire accelerant on the village of Suluk Bongkal, Bengkalis, burning to the ground around 300 homes. Bulldozers then went in and flattened the area completely,” says Amnesty.

Receiving assistance from Satpol PP (Municipal Administrative Police Unit), Pamswakarsa (civilian security groups) and civilians to carry out the eviction, the police also arrested 200 people from the village, 142 of which have since been released.

Local sources also reported that a two-year-old died after falling down a well during the aggression, and a two-month-old baby died from burn injuries. Two other people suffered gunshot wounds.

“The villagers have been engaged in a land dispute with the pulpwood supply company PT Arara Abadi since 1996, when the Indonesian forestry ministry gave the company management rights for industrial farming,” explains Amnesty. “Since then, the company has tried to evict the villagers but official letters from the Ministry of Forestry and the Riau Governor in 2007 stated clearly that the company could not start operations until the dispute had been settled.”

It would seem that the government decided to take matters into their own hands.

Amnesty says the police are also preventing human rights groups from entering the area, nonetheless, Komnas HAM, the national human rights commission, says it will try to send an investigation team in to the area and provide protection for the villagers.

Amnesty International urgently calls on:

  • the police to release those currently detained, or charge them with recognizably criminal offences;
  • the police to allow access to the area to Komnas HAM and human rights groups;
  • the Indonesian government to ensure the safety of villagers still in the forest, and provide essential shelter, water and food for those villagers made homeless;
  • the Indonesian government to order an immediate investigation into the use of excessive lethal force by the police and into the deaths of the two children, with those found responsible brought to justice;
  • the Indonesian government to provide reparation for those who have lost their homes.

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