Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 11, 2013

Native America Calling 'The Great Horse Controversy' Roundup and Slaughter

Native America Calling opens the airways for discussion
of the Horse Roundup and Slaughter

By Brenda Norrell

Dine' Leland Grass will be on Native America Calling on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, with Navajo Nation government spokesperson Erny Zah and others. Grass said they will go "head to head" on the Horse round up and slaughter.

Dine' medicine people passed a resolution opposing the roundup and slaughter.

"The Horse is our medicine and has helped us survive many hardships, they must be given respect and honored for their sacred place within the Creation, as they possess the same fundamental right to Life as we, Five Fingered Ones do," says the resolution passed with 32 in favor and none opposing on Aug. 26, 2013.

Nohooka Dine' said the capture, imprisonment and slaughter of horses threatens traditional Dine' spirituality and culture. Further, the medicine people said that the Navajo Nation government's support of horse slaughter violates the way of life and being of traditional Dine', the Ke'.  

Navajo medicine people say efforts to exterminate wild horses repeats the pattern of the slaughter of the buffalo and is an indicator of the loss of the sacred and traditional ways as a result of boarding schools and colonization.

Leland Grass said Navajo leaders have lost the meaning of the Horse Song. Grass posed this question to tribal politicians who reflect the BIA mentality: "Why do you carry Horse Song (or even ask for horse song in your trail ride event) and want to kill numerous horses of your land that is sacred to all living."

The call in number is 1-800-996-2848. The show is live at 1 pm Eastern; noon Central time; 11 am Mountain time and 10 am Pacific, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2013.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 – The Great Horse Controversy
Many Native American tribes consider the horse a sacred animal. What happens when the sacred becomes too much for tribes to care for? Wild, or feral, horse roundups have been controversial in recent years. Tribes involved in the round ups say wild horses put a strain the economic and environmental resources. Leaders from the Navajo Nation and Yakama Nationhave spoken out in support of horse round ups and a proposed commercial horse meat processing facility in New Mexico. Some individuals, including cultural leaders, have spoken out against the roundups and horse slaughter. What do you think about slaughtering wild horses? Is there a middle ground on this issue?
Break Music: It's My Horse (song) Jay Begaye (artist) Horses Are Our Journey (album)


Read more at Censored News 
Leland Grass: 'Navajo leaders lost the horse song'
Dine' Medicine Men oppose Horse slaughter with resolution

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