|Louise Benally during Salt River Project protest,|
speaking out against the coal fired Navajo
Generating Station. Photo: Resist ALEC
On First Voices Indigenous Radio today, WBAI New York, Louise Benally, Dineh, resisting relocation at Big Mountain, described the detriment of coal fired power plants and racism in Arizona.
Louise said regardless of the struggles, Dineh living on the land still live in harmony with the land. Louise described the natural herbs and healing ceremonies that come from the wild, now being contaminated by pollution. "It is doing a lot of destruction." She spoke on the chemical trails settling in the water and environment.
"Those are real problems we are faced with now, because a lot of the vegetation is being wiped out." She said Peabody coal mine releases pollution to the regional watershed on Black Mesa. "It is just devastating," she said, to live in this situation.
|Louise Benally confronts Salt River Project staff.|
Photo Resist ALEC.
"We can't just continue to produce, produce and produce pollution," said Louise, adding that these coal fired power plants are making the ice melt in the Arctic.
Louise described the changes to the climate and how development is creating this. If the land is not healthy, then life is not healthy either, Louise said, describing the Navajos respiratory problems and cancer.
Describing how Arizona just banned ethnic studies, she said, "It is just really sad."
Louise said, "They were pitting tribe against tribe to get at the resources," explaining how they did this to get at the coal and resources.
Louise said the Navajo tribe is not realizing the depletion of the resources, and what Peabody is doing. However, she said the Hopi tribe is beginning to realize the detriment to the natural resources.
She said Native people need to revitalize the old ways and sustainable food. "We can still use the earth as our healing substance."
Tiokasin closed by pointing out that in the city, people don't take responsibility for taking care of the land and say it is the US government's responsibility to deal with it.
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