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Yucca application filed on Inauguration Day DOE document sought water rights

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While the Obama administration has been pursuing a course to kill the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of Energy has been quietly forging ahead with its plan to obtain water rights for building a rail line across rural Nevada to haul the nation’s highly radioactive waste for burial in the mountain.

On the day Barack Obama was sworn in as president, a DOE official in Las Vegas filed a water rights application for the rail project with the state engineer’s office.

Without saying if the application will be rescinded, Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s spokeswoman said Friday that it “was submitted during the previous administration and should not be taken as any indication of the Obama administration’s policy, especially since the president’s budget announcement made it clear yet again that the administration does not consider Yucca Mountain an option for waste storage, period.”

http://www.lvrj.com/news/40469132.html

Strange: Traditional Power Plants Emit More Radiation than Nuclear Ones Radiation poisoning hazard

Sign warning about concentrated emission of radiation near a nuclear power plant
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By Gabriel Gache, Science News Editor

15th of December 2007, 09:58 GMT

There is a general misconception that nuclear power plants produce dangerous levels of radiation during their electric energy production activity, or that they are just another disaster waiting to happen. The truth is that aside the fact that they produce energy in an extremely efficient manner, without emitting any kind of greenhouse gases or any other pollutants, the amount of radiation created during the nuclear fission reaction is mostly contained inside the nuclear reactor. Catastrophic accidents like the one that took place at Chernobyl in 1986, are extremely unlikely to take place in our days as nuclear reactors operating today benefit from multiple protection systems that prevent a scenario in which the nuclear reaction gets out of control.

Furthermore, studies taking place in the last three decades seem to suggest that not only that traditional power plants burning fossil fuel dump high amounts of carbon dioxide gas and secondary byproducts in the atmosphere, they also emit more radiation than most of the nuclear power plants in use around the globe. According to scientists the fly ash resulted from the burning of coal emits about 100 times more radiation than nuclear waste.

Why this is happening is pretty straightforward and well understood, as coal extracted from Earth’s crust often contains high amounts of impurities like heavy radioactive elements such as uranium or thorium. Usually coal deposits do not pose any danger of radiation poisoning; however, when the coal is processed most of the impurities are not burned and can result in fly ash that has about ten times the radioactive emissions of the original fuel.

Such fly ash containing radioactive elements can usually travel up to 1.6 kilometers from the power plant, which may cause radiation poisoning if ingested. In 1978, J.P. McBride made a study in which he compared the radiation exposure near coal burning plants and around nuclear power plants. What he found is shocking even today. The amount of radiation to which people living around traditional power plants are subjected is often equal or greater than the levels measured near nuclear power plants.

However, scientists evaluate that the risk posed by radiation poisoning is relatively low, as it only accounts for 0.1 percent of the radiation levels we are subjected to every year. We should be concerned about more worrying consequences of the coal burning process, such as the emission of multiple oxides that are held responsible for the formation of the acid rain phenomena and global warming.

Though it seems that the radioactivity of fly ash presents immediate danger, both the coal and nuclear radio emission present little health hazard. Nevertheless, the world is now turning more and more towards nuclear power, which by 2020 should provide about 20 percent of the electric energy produced worldwide

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Navajos’ Dooda files EPA discrimination complaint

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

Navajos’ Dooda files EPA discrimination complaint

DOODA DESERT ROCK FILES A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF SHIPROCK NAVAJOS
February 24, 2009
By Elouise Brown
thebrownmachine@hotmail.com

Dooda Desert Rock completed its testimony to the Environmental Protection Agency on whether carbon dioxide emissions from the Desert Rock Power Plant should be considered and capped on
Saturday, February 21, 2009. Research for the testimony showed that the Environmental Protection Agency was aware of a study that showed that Shiprock residents seek medical attention for respiratory problems in the general area of the present Four Comers Power Plant and San Juan Generating Station at five times the rate of other people in the area. The study an EPA official used says that people in Shiprock under age 5 and over age 56 are twice more likely to need care for respiratory issues. Research also showed that “The Hogback” geological formation pulls down emissions plumes from the Four Comers plant so that it is in the air breathed by Shiprock Navajos.

Given the fact that the EPA failed to do anything about its knowledge of discrimination against Navajos by failure to regulate current emissions and in granting a permit for the Desert Rock plant, Dooda Desert Rock identified 18 Navajos who complain of breathing problems to make a civil rights complaint. Others will be identified for a civil rights investigation.

The complaint is for discrimination in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights of 1964 (that prohibits discrimination by federal agencies); age discrimination; and violation of a presidential executive order that requires consideration of environmental justice issues.

Dooda Desert Rock has informed the chair of the Navajo Nation Civil Rights Commission of the
situation, and DDR will inform the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the situation because its findings on abusive development in Indian Country.

The discrimination complaint to the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Environmental Protection Agency will be mailed on February 24,2009.

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Obama: Stop the Peabody Mine Expansion on Black Mesa

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Obama: Stop the Peabody Mine Expansion on Black Mesa

By Bahe Katenay
Image by Black Mesa Indigeous Support
Ladies & Gentlemen, the Old, the Young, the Coming Generation, and Relatives:

As we speak, there exist a state of fear and anxiety in a traditional community at Big Mountain in the heart of Black Mesa. And as we speak, the federally deputized officers of the BIA Hopi Agency Police and Rangers are patrolling this region where a few traditional elders continue to live and also resist federal mandates to relocate. I want to bring your attention to one particular situation that is an example of the wide-spread acts of injustice, human rights violation, religious intolerance, and threats of property destruction.

Dineh resister and elder, Pauline Whitesinger, has stood her ground since 1977 when the BIA tried to build a range unit fence within the lands partitioned to the neighboring tribe, the (modern and progressive) Hopis. Pauline still believes in the old ways by upholding aboriginal rights and treaty rights and because of BIA-Hopi restriction on new contruction and her deteriorating ceremonial hogan, she replaced and rebuilt a new hogan. The BIA Indian police are constantly taken photographs of her residence, her neighbors that come to see her, her non-Indian volunteer helpers, and her grandchildren that come to visit. The police do not attempt to talk to her or answer to her concerns and requests.

This area known as the Hopi Partitioned Lands still has Dineh residents and has been made an isolated area, and this is allowing the federal government to do as they please with these last, traditional peoples. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr. has even made numerous comments that the Dineh resistance at Big Mountain “a lost cause and a closed case” meaning that these Dineh are to never be thought of, again. Meaning that these Dineh, who are my Big Mountain relatives, need to be erased from the state of the Navajo Nation and perhaps, Pauline is right when she says, “we are in way of Peabody, profit, revenues, and industrial jobs.”

The last few elder resisters and their few supporters (native or non-natives) will continue to provide the much needed humanitarian aide to our surviving history: traditional Dineh living and maintaining on their ancestral and sacred homelands. However, we all need to act in the best means possible and stop the daily Gestapo tactics and the potential demolishment of a sacred hogan or earth lodge. We all need to prevent any harm that may be committed on our elders or their helpers and most of all, prevent this growing hostility from getting out-of-hand.

All legal recourses are no longer an option since this is a challenge against a U.S. Executive Order, and The Peoples are the only option to bring about attention, focus and restoration.

I have attached a petition with addresses of officials and I am making a plead to you all, my relatives, to sign it and either send it directly to the listed officials or send them to the Black Mesa Indigenous Support. This situation is very urgent. These elders are very old now and they truly deserve much honor. They have lived in a way that, we or our future generations may never see humans live in this country. These traditional elders must live their naturally-given, old life in peace and harmony, Hozhon goh. Yaa’at’eeh goh.

I apologize for the long list of officials, but it has become long because of so many years of ignorance and because certain, minor sectors of society believed that these Elders would have been defeated already.

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely & In the Spirit of Chief Barboncito,
Bahe Y. Katenay (Naabaahii Keediniihii)
Dineh of Big Mountain

“A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”
The words of Crazy Horse (As remembered by Ohiyesa, Charles A. Eastman).

STOP THE PEABODY COAL MINE EXPANSION ON BLACK MESA IN THE TERRITORIES OF THE DINEH (NAVAJO) & HOPIS IN ARIZONA, U.S.A.
The Sovereign Nation of the Big Mountain Dineh
VIA Black Mesa, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona, U.S.A.
March 2009


Dear Mr. President Barrack Obama, and
Madame Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
Copies to:
Mrs. Katherine Smith & Mrs. Pauline Whitesinger, Big Mountain Sovereign Dineh,
Selected Kimongwis of the Independent Pueblo of Hotevilla,
Mr. William Means & Ms. Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council,
President Joe Shirley, Jr., The Navajo Nation,
Mr. Roman Bitsuie, The Navajo-Hopi Land Commission,
Office of the Hopi Tribe’s Office of Hopi Lands,
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Phoenix Area Agency
Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining


REPEAL “THE NAVAJO-HOPI LAND SETTLEMENT ACT OF 1974” (P.L. 93-531): IT ENFORCES THE METHODS OF GENOCIDE BY POPULATION REMOVAL AND COAL MINING EXPANSIONS
The Sovereign Nation of the Big Mountain Dineh is located in northeastern Arizona on Black Mesa and is part of ancient indigenous shared-territories. Members of this nation were affected by the 1974 legislation to relocate from certain partitioned areas, but have rather chose to resist this policy and try to: maintain their ancestral and treaty lands, keep cultural practices, value universal-granted freedom, conduct their ancient rights to ritual ceremonies, and preserve their sacred sites. The proclamation of these Dineh in 1979 states that through divine creation they were, “provided with the Ni’tliz’ (sacred stones) as offerings and the Dzil leezh (sacred mountain soil Bundle) representing the universe. With prayers and songs we offer the Ni’tliz to the trees, to the hills, to the wind, and the thunder beings in the sacred rain. The Dzil Leezh is our power to live close to our mother the Earth and father Sky. These are our sacred ways to survive in this universe and to communicate with the unseen forces in the Natural life.”
As you may be aware that, the relocation of thousands of Dineh (Navajos) and Hopis has been in process since 1977 after 1.8 million acres was partitioned and that, the Dineh elder leaders at Big Mountain began their resistance to U.S. government court orders to vacant areas partitioned to the official and federally-recognized, Hopi tribe. These traditional Dineh communities still
continue to resist the harsh relocation policies and coal mining encroachment to this day. Despite a few elders are now left, they continue to reaffirm their ancestral land rights which are contrary to all court decisions related to the fore mentioned communities from 1974 to 1998.
U.S. Judicial System has had a vital role in this land rights issue ever since energy companies of the southwestern United States became interested in exploring the coal reserves of Black Mesa in northeastern Arizona. In 1962, there was a well-orchestrated rush to establish an Indian Land Claims on the behalf of the Hopi tribe and which was guided by a Peabody Coal Company attorney, and this allowed Peabody to acquire mining leases. The U.S. courts and corporate attorneys eventually, thereafter, help created the relocation and land-partitioning policies which only made way for coal exploration. None of these court rulings were based on proving that an actual “land dispute” did exist between the Dineh and Hopis.
Big Mountain on Black Mesa is the only place in the United States where two Indian nations can still define cultural coexistence and shared territories, and now have become endangered aboriginal peoples. The U.S. courts have ordered continued pressure on the remaining traditional Dineh and keep the areas sealed and isolated. The United States is allowing this tragedy and genocide to be sustained under the guise that relocation are on voluntary basis and that Indian police are being used rather than state authorities to carry out enforcements. These traditional resisters hold great knowledge and wisdom of ancient information and natural existence that are irreplaceable, and it is the world society’s responsibility to stop the United States and its largest coal-producer, Peabody Energy, from executing this human and mega-environmental destruction.
Additional documentations (www.blackmesais.org) of human rights violation and religious intolerance are as follows:
 Limitation or complete denial of: crop cultivation and livestock husbandry, community and religious activities, access to or maintenance of water wells, and elder residents’ safety needs to attain wood fuels for heating and cooking,
 Forced relocation to foreign settings that does not support or replace loss culture and religions,
 Deliberate breaking up of family and clan structures,
 Controlled national media that portray the Big Mountain story as a result of legitimate and humane court decisions,
 Peabody mines create: daily detonation that causes micro-quakes, depletion of pristine aquifers that causes subsidence and fissure zones, and massive emissions of coal dust and engine exhaust.
We the undersigned hereof state our demand that the United States cease all forcible relocation enforcements on the Dineh, and reverse the decisions made for Peabody Coal Company’s Life of the Mine Permit on Black Mesa.
It will be furthered recommended that:
 Indigenous peoples’ inherent rights to their homelands be recognized and respected,
 Traditional tribal communities be allowed to reinstate and restore the inexorable ties to fundamental existence and spiritual practices,
 There must be serious reviews about the conclusion that Black Mesa coal is the primary source for energy, and that being reviewed in the context of global concerns for greenhouse gas emissions,
 Acknowledge that indigenous being has sustained all human cultures’ moral obligations throughout the ages, and it is much more crucial in this technological era that the demands and rights of indigenous peoples be received with greater human understanding.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Likely American Indian burial site halts work in Sausalito

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A restaurant construction project on Bridgeway
near downtown Sausalito came to a halt this week after bones were
discovered at the site.

Because American Indian tribes are known to have inhabited the area,
city officials contacted the county coroner’s office and the Federated
Indians of Graton Rancheria to handle the issue. The county coroner’s
office reported the site is likely an American Indian burial ground.

The California Native American Heritage Commission in Sacramento, which
notifies likely tribal descendants to arrange for the disposition of
remains, also was contacted.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_11793371

Feds pledge land won’t be taken for trust without notice

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The federal government has pledged not to take any more military surplus land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation without saying so first. The General Services Administration said in a court filing that it will notify a judge and state and local officials at least 60 days in advance of transferring any land. The state and Madison and Oneida counties had gone to federal court after the GSA turned over 18 acres of land in Verona to the federal Department of Interior. Local officials said they had no advance knowledge of the transfer. Interior is holding the land in trust for the Oneidas. That is the first Indian trust land in New York. Interior last year decided to take into trust 13,000 acres the Oneidas already own, but that decision is being challenged in seven separate lawsuits. State and county officials said they wanted to make sure 500 acres nearby wasn’t transferred to trust without their knowledge. A court conference that had been scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after the agreement was filed in court.

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