|Protesting Navajo water meeting in Phoenix.|
Photo Vincent Yazzie
By Calvin Johnson, Navajo
I applaud the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission’s recent stance on the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012. On May 21, 2012 the NNHRC passed a resolution vehemently rejecting the NHLCRWRS.
The NNHRC clearly understands that the Dine voices are being ignored and the Navajo people overwhelmingly do not want Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 enacted.
On May 30 and 31, 2012 the Navajo Nation had a work session titled “Litigation Update and Water Rights Settlement” at the Lewis and Roca law offices in downtown Phoenix. Our leaders are having meetings far away from the public as if the bill and the settlement agreement are not plain or stated enough. This shows that our leaders still do not know the simple definitions of waive, release, time immemorial, injury, quality, resolve, funding. Very disappointing.
|Phoenix water meeting of Navajo Nation protested.|
Photo Vincent Yazzie.
We as a nation should respect, honor and protect the four sacred elements of life, air, light/fire, water and earth/pollen in all their forms for they sustain life and we are doing just that by opposing Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 in its entirely.
To all my indigenous brothers and sisters, keep up the good work of standing up for our precious sacred water. Continue to encourage our elected officials to rejected any land and water grabbing legislations such as NHLCRWRS.
Navajo Human Rights Commission: Water rights settlement violates Dine' human rights
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Resolution states that the water rights settlement for the Little Colorado River violates Dine' human rights:
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