THREATS BY U.S.-BIA HOPI POLICE AND RANGERS TO TAKE AWAY MORE DINEH PROPERTY
By Bahe Katenay
Sheep Dog Nation Rocks
Again, America and its modern Indians like the Navajo Nation government continue to stand by and watch these last traditional indigenous peoples lose their economic stability and securities by force.
Two traditional Dineh (Navajos) home sites were just informed that “all” animals ranging on their ancestral lands, which the U.S. government partitioned as “Hopi Lands” in 1977, will be confiscated. Elder matriarch, Rena Lane, lives by herself and is a long-time, sovereign resister who has lived with such intimidations and assaults, and now she may face the final assault. She broke a couple of fingers and dislocated her wrist about 12 years ago in a scuffle with the police while she was trying to protect her animals. The police only responded to the doctor’s claim of her injury by stating, “it was her own over reaction by jumping into the livestock trailer that caused her own self injury.” How would you react if you were at your own bank and saw the police literally withdrawing from your account?