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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Arizona senators coming to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights

Senators Seek to Extinguish Navajo and Hopi Water Rights

French translation:

Update: Photos of Thursday's protest and article by Outta Your Backpack Media, live in Tuba City

For Immediate Release Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Contact: Ed Becenti Phone: 480 313-8070 Email:

By Ed Becenti
Censored News

TUBA CITY, ARIZONA -- Arizona Senators Jon Kyl (R- AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) are coming to Tuba City on Thursday, April 5, 2012, to persuade Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribal leaders to give up their peoples’ aboriginal and Treaty-guaranteed priority Water Rights by accepting a “Settlement Agreement” written to benefit some of the West’s most powerful mining and energy corporations.

Senate Bill 2109 --the "Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012" was introduced by Kyl and McCain on February 14, 2012, and is on a fast track to give Arizona corporations and water interests a “100th birthday present” that will close the door forever on Navajo and Hopi food and water sovereignty, security and self-reliance.

S.2109 asks the Navajo and Hopi peoples to waive their priority Water Rights to the surface waters of the Little Colorado River “from time immemorial and thereafter, forever” in return for the shallow promise of uncertain federal appropriations to supply minimal amounts of drinking water to a handful of  reservation communities.

The Bill -- and the ‘Settlement Agreement” it ratifies – do not quantify Navajo and Hopi water rights – the foundation of all other southwestern Indian Water Rights settlements to date – thereby denying the Tribes the economic market value of their water rights, and forcing them into perpetual dependence on uncertain federal funding for any water projects.

Senators Kyl and McCain know well that without Water, life is not possible. Yet, their Bill and the ‘Settlement Agreement” close the door forever to any possibility of irrigated agriculture and water conservation projects to heal and restore Navajo and Hopi watersheds (keeping sediment from filling downstream reservoirs); to grow high-value income and employment-producing livestock and crops for Navajo, Hopi and external markets; and to provide once again for healthy, diabetes- and obesity-free nutrition and active lifestyles for all future generations of Navajo and Hopi children.

Kyl and McCain
Senators Kyl and McCain demand that the Navajo and Hopi people waive and give up all their rights to legal protection of injury to surface and ground water supply and quality in the past, present, and future  -- yet the Navajo and Hopi peoples do not even know the full extent and nature of the rights they are being pressured to waive because the details of the “Settlement Agreement” are not being shared with the public. This is wrong.

Navajo and Hopi water and public health have already been damaged severely by past uranium and coal mining in and upstream of Navajo and Hopi communities. Senators Kyl and McCain are trying now to take away all rightful legal protections against the present and real danger of such contaminations occurring again.

S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” deny the Navajo and Hopi people the resources and means to assess comprehensive long-term  water needs of every community, village,  and watershed; and deny the resources and means to plan for, and develop sufficient domestic, municipal, industrial and agricultural “wet water” projects essential to the permanent well-being, prosperity and health of their homelands and children’s children. This is absolutely counter to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1908 Winter’s Doctrine that explicitly reserves and safeguards the water needed for that permanent well-being and prosperity.

S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” deny the Navajo and Hopi people the resources and means to bank their own waters, or to recharge their aquifers depleted and damaged by the mining and energy corporations that S.2109 benefits.

S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” require Navajo and Hopi to give Peabody Coal Mining Company and the Salt River Project and other owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) tens of thousands of acre-feet of Navajo and Hopi water annually – without any compensation – and to force the extension of  Peabody and NGS leases without Navajo and Hopi community input, or regard for past and continuing harmful impacts to public health, water supplies and water quality – as necessary pre-conditions to Navajo and Hopi receiving Congressional appropriations for minimal domestic water development. This is coercive and wrong.

Pueblo and Hopi leaders gather for Leadership Institute

Last day of the historic Pueblo Convocation.  Media is invited to this rare opportunity to hear Pueblo leaders from the 19 New Mexico Pueblos, Isleta del Sur of Texas and Hopi of Arizona. The Convocation begins at 8:00 am today through 4:30 pm at the Tamaya Hyatt. Today's topics will include Environment, Community & Economic Development, Education and Youth. Governor Walter Dasheno of Santa Clara stated, "Future generations will reflect upon this event in similar ways we reflect on the Pueblo Revolt which epitomizes the resilience of our ancestors"...Pueblo Convocation 2012. PHOTO:  Over 300 participants listen in.

Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School Convenes Historic Gathering

By Stephine Poston
(505) 379-6172
Press statement

Three-day, multi-generational event will review federal Indian policy and current challenges to Pueblo ways of life and define Pueblo-driven visions for the future

Albuquerque, NM – April 2, 2012 – The Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, an organization dedicated to driving discussion around critical policy issues impacting Native American tribes in New Mexico, today initiates a three-day Pueblo Convocation that will bring together Pueblo people, experts and leaders to reflect on 100 years of challenges and articulate a forward vision for the future.

The event, which features broad participation from New Mexico pueblos and tribal policy experts, will focus on 11 critical areas identified by New Mexico’s Pueblo communities: Language, Health, Land and Cultural Resources, Environment, Governance, Art, Law, Family, Education, Youth, Economic and Community Development.

“The Pueblo Convocation is a unique convening of tribal policy advocates, Pueblo leadership, tribal youth, community elders, spiritual and cultural representatives and scholars,” said Leadership Institute’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Carnell Chosa (Jemez Pueblo). “The event celebrates Pueblo people, history, survival and resilience – all important components in shaping and articulating a vision for the future of our Pueblo communities in New Mexico.”

Throughout the event, representatives from Pueblo communities will gather together to review the last 100 years in federal policy and discuss building Pueblo capacity toward social transformation. Notable activities include:
·         The Leadership Institute will develop a Community Assessment Template, which will provide policy guidance, core value structures and community vision resources to Pueblo communities. 
·         Forum for active discussion and recommendations related to tribal, state and national policy.
·         Introduction of the Pueblo Doctoral Cohort, which addresses the capacity building need and the integration of formally educated, young Pueblo professionals into their communities.

“This event celebrates the resiliency of our forefathers and all they did to retain our Pueblo core values tied to land, language, way of life, customary traditional laws, spirit of community and protecting the resources, and family – all things that have sustained us throughout our time and journey,” said Leadership Institute’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Regis Pecos (Cochiti Pueblo). “We will evaluate where the Pueblo people have been, where we are presently, and identify where we want to go – as a people – into the future.”

About the Leadership Institute
The Pueblo Convocation is made possible by funding through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Established in 1997, the Leadership Institute was created to provide opportunities for dialogue regarding public policy and issues affecting New Mexico’s tribal communities. Community Institutes, one of the staple Leadership Institute programs, bring together tribal leaders, community members, youth and elders, subject-matter experts and policy makers. Under a major capacity-building initiative with Pueblo communities, the Leadership Institute has expanded to include additional programs like the Summer Policy Academy for tribal students and Brave Girls, a girl’s empowerment program. The Leadership Institute was recognized in 2011 as one of the top five programs contributing to the governance of American Indian nations by Harvard University Honoring Nations. To learn more please visit

Request Day to Honor Native American Baseball Players

Request For a Day For All In Major League Baseball to Honor Native American Baseball Players

From Quanah Parker Brightman
Posted at Censored News

It's time for Major League Baseball to acknowledge and HONOR the Native American Baseball Players who broke the color barrier 48 years BEFORE the great Jackie Robinson !
We strongly encourage the leadership of Major League Baseball to recognize the demeaning nature of American Indian mascots as used by the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves; to recognize that these images are stereotypes that portray American Indian people in a negative light; and recognize that it the removal of these mascots are beneficial to the American Indian community.
July 4th - July 6th, 2012
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
MLB Comssioners Office
245 Park Avenue
New York, New York