Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 14, 2016

Peabody Coal's 40 Year Holocaust for Navajos

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat at:

As Peabody Coal declares bankruptcy, it is important to remember the lives lost to heartbreak, respiratory disease and cancer, the homes that were destroyed, and the aquifer and spring waters that were drained and poisoned.
One elderly Navajo man laid down and died from heartbreak when he was relocated. 
It was Peabody Coal and its attorney John Boyden that orchestrated the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute. Peabody's purpose was to clear Navajos off Black Mesa for coal mining. 
It has been a 40 year Holocaust for the people of Black Mesa. More than 14,000 Navajos were relocated to make way for Peabody Coal mining. 
The resisters of relocation lived harsh lives and many died during the long years of struggle. 
Peabody Coal was aided by corrupt Congressmen who pushed through legislation, and the media that promoted the lies and censored the truth. 
Peabody Coal feeds the Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world. It lights up southern Arizona while poisoning Navajos. 
The genocidal effects of Navajo relocation are far reaching. 
Sanders, Arizona, to the east of Black Mesa, is at the mid-mark of two Holocausts: The Church Rock, N.M., uranium spill of 1979, and relocation. The uranium spill is flowing down the Rio Puerco wash, and the radiation is now in the drinking water at Sanders.
In Sanders, there is the trail of heartbreak, like a long mourning song in the land, from those relocated here. 
This 40 Year Holocaust must be documented and remembered, so it will never happen again. The Congressmen, Peabody Coal, the attorneys and the media should be exposed and held accountable. 
Never again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It looks like a picture of the Holocaust. We have always been kept behind the barbed wire of poverty because the legal system is rigged. We are left without land and resources that are worth anything because of the white man's racist Doctrine of--He owns everything. We can't sue the government because of the white man's racist law of Sovereign Immunity===the king can't be sued because the king can do no wrong. He will go through the motions of being sued but it's the old story of the "Emperor's New Clothes". The truth is he is not clothed in any law. There is no court, there is no jury. there is no evidence,there is no adversarial back and forth between lawyers,there is no jury,there is only the king waiving his sovereign immunity and throwing a few paper dollars out the treasury or Congressional doors.