Broken Rainbow (Forced Relocation of the Navajo)

Broken Rainbow (Forced Relocation of the Navajo)

November 8, 2008

Broken Rainbow is a 1985 documentary film about the industry-led and government-enforced relocation of more than 10,000 Navajo from their traditional lands.

On December 1974 Congress passed “The Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act” which authorized the partitioning of the Joint Use Area (JUA) of the Navajo and Hopi Nations, and established the Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation Commission (NHIRC) which led the relocation.(EDITOR NOTE THIS BILL WE SPONSORED BY SENATOR JOHN MCcAIN, GREGOR BLOG EDITOR)

Soon after, countless of the most traditional and culturally-intact Dineh (Navajo) people were stripped from the only world they knew — and thrown into a cold and rootless way of life.

This documentary traces the events that led to this devastating relocation – as well as the history of both the Hopi and Navajo Nations, who’s dispute over land was used by the government to justify it.

Indeed, the government claimed that the relocation was to help bring an end to that dispute. The real reason, however, was to open up the region for coal and uranium exploitation.

The forced relocation of the Navajo continues to this day.

Broken Rainbow (Part 1 of 7)

ALSO WATCH PARTS 2-7
YOU CAN SEARCH “BROKEN RAINBOW” ON YOUTUBE.COM
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McCain-Palin supporter says no treats for Obama kids on Halloween

McCain-Palin supporter says no treats for Obama kids on Halloween

This is sure to win McCain a lot of popularity, but this is the way His voters think” It’s all about US and nobody else

gregor,blog editor comment

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A suburban Detroit woman has decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters.

Shirley Nagel of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., handed out candy Friday only to those who shared her support for the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Sarah Palin. Others were turned away empty-handed.

TV station WJBK, Fox 2 News says a sign outside Nagel’s house warned: “No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters.”

Nagel calls Democrat Barack Obama “scary.” When asked about children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said: “Oh well. Everybody has a choice.”

There were kids as young as 4 years old that went away crying because she wouldn’t give them any candy.  This is so sad that anyone would do this to a child.

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/11/01/mccain-palin-supporter-says-no-treats-for-obama-kids-on-halloween/

Maverick Mocks US Workers

John McCain offers workers $50.00 an hour to come to Yuma and pick lettuce. When one takes him up on the offer, he mocks the worker and says, “you can’t do it, my friend.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjSMMItbZ9Y&feature=related

Eight Is Enough!

John McCain can try and steal Barack Obama’s message, but he’s still running to give us four more years of the same old stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anjKVlOx4RE&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/

Elitists and Colonists

Elitists and Colonists

Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:35:04 AM PDT

Citizens McCain and Palin on “elitism”:

WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they’re better than anyone else. And– John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America’s starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are– I guess– better than anyone else, that’s– that’s my definition of elitism.

WILLIAMS: So it’s not education? It’s not income-based? It’s–

PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they’re better than someone else.

WILLIAMS: –a state of mind? It’s not geography?

PALIN: ‘Course not.

WILLIAMS: Senator?

MCCAIN: I– I know where a lot of ’em live. (LAUGH)

WILLIAMS: Where’s that?

MCCAIN: Well, in our nation’s capital and New York City. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived there. I know the town. I know– I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I’ll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves. [Emphasis added.]

See, that’s funny (and no, I don’t mean the fact that Palin and McCain disagree on whether elitism is geographically determined, though that’s also funny; and no, I don’t mean the idea of a guy with 8 houses and a gal who just dropped $150K at Neiman and Saks chiding others for elitism, though that’s funny too). John McCain says that people in Washington, DC want to force their beliefs on America. That’s hilarious.  Hell, that’s the definition of irony.

You see, the half-a-million residents of the District of Columbia — I’m one of them — pay taxes, register for selective service, and otherwise bear all the responsibilities required of citizens of the United States. But unlike Citizens McCain and Palin, we don’t have representation in the US House of Representatives.  We don’t have representation in the US Senate, unlike those lucky Arizonans who elected John McCain. And perhaps worst of all, our city/state government doesn’t have the ability to pass its own budget without the approval of Congress and the President.

In other words, the District of Columbia is a colony. And even the haughtiest elitists of Georgetown have less ability to dictate their own city’s governance than do the hardiest, simplest patriots of Wasilla.

But what’s truly ironic about McCain’s statement is that as a US Senator, he routinely has played God with the colony that is the District of Columbia.  Because our elected city government doesn’t have the ability to  spend our own tax money without approval by Congress and the President, we’ve had our budget held hostage by a number of Senators — people who live outside of our city — who nevertheless like to use our city as a petri dish for their pet causes.  Like when Congress forced school vouchers on the city against our will. Or when Congress attempted to repeal our gun laws, against our will. No other city or town in the country is subject to that kind of legislation — but John McCain co-sponsored both those bills, dictating what he believed to the District rather than letting the District decide for itself.

So while I’m not the biggest fan of Sally Quinn and the Georgetown cocktail party set, it’s pretty clear to me that we colonial Americans in the District of Columbia aren’t forcing our beliefs on the rest of America — we’re getting John McCain’s forced on us. That’s elitism we can believe in, I guess.

http://www.dailykos.com/

U.S. Senate Bill S.1003 may become an amendment to the 1974 Federal Law, so-called, “Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.

An Article on Senate Bill 1003, the Relocation Legislation

By Bahe Y. Katenay of Big Mountain

U.S. Senate Bill S.1003 may become an amendment to the 1974 Federal Law, so-called,
“Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.”
This new bill calls for relocation of all Dineh
residents of, mostly, the Big Mountain and Black Mesa areas by September 2008. It
also calls for: the federal commission responsible for pre/post-relocation to close
its program, and the BIA of the U.S. Department of the Interior to start
management-control of all tribal royalities earned from the Black Mesa coal mines.

The federal relocation commission sets forth its “official” number of 130 Dineh to
be relocated before 2008, but this figure is incorrect according to Dineh
residents of Big Mountain. More numbers of extended family members still claim Big
Mountain area as their homeland, and hundreds more have been displaced without any
compensation from this federal relocation agency. The “unofficial” numbers used by
resisters from Big Mountain, Black Mesa and Star Mountain is over 300 individuals
currently resisting. However, the colonialist, occupier’s relocation commission
decides who is a resident, and the “inferior” Indian still does not know who s/he
is.

This Bill has now entered the U.S. Senate Chambers for debate, however, Senator
John McCain of Arizona is urging that the Bill be made into law immediately and he
wants it labeled as a “non-controversial item.” Many of you have followed this
issue at Big Mountain and you must also realize again that the U.S. southwest
energy companies are secretly behind this Bill again. Instead Peabody coal company
and western energy companies continue to parade themselves as powerful lobbyist
for this new anti-Indian legislation.

The Hopi (progressive) tribal council are again more than willing to be used as
the anti-Navajo bait for Peabody Coal. The U.S. government with its claim of being
the human-rights-God of the world has yet to prove the alleged “century old Navajo
and Hopi land dispute.”

The Dineh of Big Mountain and those resisting this modern-day genocide are aware
of the threatening times and the uncertain future for Earth’s children. We will
only listen to the old ones whom have carried on the ancient wisdom and have
today, informed us of the prophecies. Shoshone, Hopi and Big Mountain Elders have
all shared the same prophecy even though they don’t have electricity or watch the
news of mass media. The animal kingdom are feeling the effects of the uncertain
future and they are crying out aloud. As a people, Dineh, we call out on behalf of
our relations, too. “We are sick of ‘relocation’ while our natural-ancestral
habitats are polluted!”

We will continue to fight to defend our homelands and hopeful, our endurance and
defiance will continue into the next couple of years. For now, I hope that
everyone will continue to pray and as the traditional Hopi elder stated, “we now
need to decide about our relationship to Mother Earth.”

Also, if you have not, send your comments to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on
Indian Affaris, go to http://www.blackmesais.org and submit your letter to your official
representative. Visit this website for any further updates.

Thank you for your time and continued support.

In the Spirit of Chief Barboncito,

Bahe

http://blackmesais.org/?p=311

Not Better Off

Not Better Off

Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 10:28:48 AM PDT

John McCain 4.0 (or is it 4.5?) is now making the argument that we need to elect him because we can’t afford another four years like the last eight. He must not think we have much of a memory, because earlier this year — when he was still leading in the polls — McCain was eager to tell us that we were actually better off than we were eight years ago. Here’s video:

http://www.dailykos.com/