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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dirty Coal on Navajoland: Hold the media responsible

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Navajo horseback ride to protect Black Mesa
The media, like the Navajo Nation Council, is responsible for that vote for more dirty coal energy from the Navajo Generating Station. The media has refused to tell the real story. Reporters that could have been out on Black Mesa all these years talking to the people, never bothered to go. The media was too often silenced by the advertising dollars of Peabody Coal, Navajo Generating Station, and its operator the Salt River Project.

In Arizona cities, the media was willing to push for more dirty coal energy and more destruction and disease for Navajos. The Arizona media didn't want their own electricity coming from a filthy power plant in their own backyard. They didn't mind Navajos hauling their water, while their pristine water went for coal mining and power plants. The big city reporters wanted Arizona to have a future. They didn't care if Navajos had a future.

Reporters found it easy not to go to Black Mesa. They were either co-opted by their publishers and editors or stalled by their own laziness. They were willing to publish the hoax and the spin. They were willing to spin the lies, and make senators like John McCain into heroes, pander to the Interior, ignore the backdoor deals, cater to corrupt tribal politicians, and refuse to investigate the non-Indian attorneys.

Reporters were not willing to take the risks and tell the truths that the future of the planet depends on.

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Brenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 31 years. She was a reporter for Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, and stringer for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and then terminated. She created Censored News in 2006, now in its 7th year.


Unknown said...

It is so very important the Symbols of Power are challenged by our NATIVE LORE. The WASP (White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant) is the BULLY. Like Seasons we will notice them change. Looks like a Lamb and a voice of a Dragon. And out of the Lambs head 2 Horns. Protestant America will force all to Bow down before the Dragon, he who refuses will be cut off from Food, shelter clothing and Loved ones.

Unknown said...

Too often the children of our Earth Mother forget our Symbolic Roots. Its little children and Animals that wear the Penalty of an Adult Decision. Children who love intensely their Mum and Dad, Animals that mind their own Business are constantly violated. It is not necessary for an Innocent Lamb to be slaughtered, but it keeps happening over and over again.

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