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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, March 22, 2019

Navajo Nation Drops Bid to Buy Dirty Power Plant, Ending Genocidal Monster

Friday, March 22, 2019
French translation by Christine Prat at:
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Nicole Horseherder, Tó Nizhóní Ání,
Percy Deal,
Lori Goodman, Diné CARE,
Marie Gladue, Black Mesa Water Coalition,
Navajo coal company drops bid to buy Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta coal mine as Navajo Council signals it's time for tribes' move to clean energy

Statements from Navajo grassroots community groups

On Thursday, March 21, the Naa'bik'iyati' Committee (Committee of the Whole) of the Navajo Council voted down a resolution to support Navajo Transitional Energy Co.'s proposal to buy and operate Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Energy's Kayenta coal mine, which supplies the power plant with fuel. The 11-9 defeat of the resolution led today to an announcement by NTEC that it was dropping its bid to buy the plant and mine.

In the immediate wake of the legislation's defeat, new legislation was introduced to end the Navajo Nation's nearly 50 years of economic dependence on coal. Legislation 0073-19 proposes rescinding the Navajo Nation's current energy policies, which are focused on coal, and replacing them with a vision that "declares the intention of the Nation to move beyond coal source revenues and forward to sustainable and renewable energy sources."

Groups that have spent many years on this issue, fighting for a sustainable future free of coal, provided the following statements in reaction to these historic developments:


"It's been known for a long time that coal isn't the future, but this final certainty is crucial. For anyone who's been hesitant about moving strongly for renewable energy development, for building our economy in ways that will benefit our communities and our Mother Earth and Father Sky, now there is no reason or excuse to hold back. This moment is why our new council and president were elected. The legacy they will leave for the transition from coal starts now."
– Lori Goodman, Diné CARE

"This is an important time to remember that vast resources were once spent to install coal operations on Navajo Nation, and that vast wealth and benefit was extracted for decades over the heads of so many Navajo communities. Remembering this past shows the path ahead: full corporate responsibility for affected coal workers, full restoration of damaged land and water, and full commitment now from utilities to be customers for clean energy resources from Navajo land in ways that benefit Navajo people."
– Percy Deal, former Navajo Council member and former Navajo County Supervisor

"We are way behind in our planning for what comes next because so much time has been spent trying to keep Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine running. It's time for us to come together and work cooperatively on building a clean energy economy that benefits all Navajo. There's much hard work ahead to create this transition, but with the leadership shown by the new Navajo Council and our new president, we have a bright future in front of us."
– Nicole Horseherder, Executive Director, Tó Nizhóní Ání

"This is an historic moment for the Navajo, and the Council delegates should be thanked for their courage in listening to the people. For a half century, coal has divided us, but we now have an incredible opportunity to come together to create something better, especially for places like Black Mesa. Now we will focus on building something better, a new economy more in line with Navajo culture and our way of life, protecting our land and water and benefitting all communities."
– Marie Gladue, Black Mesa Water Coalition


National Native American Hall of Fame 2019 Nomination Process Begins


2019 National Native American Hall of Fame Nomination Process Begins on March 22

(GREAT FALLS, Mont., March 22, 2019) — The National Native American Hall of Fame is opening up the 2019 Hall of Fame nomination process today to determine the 12 Native Americans who will be inducted this year. A list of 30 nominees has been made public via an online survey at
The public is being asked to vote on the nominees, which will assist in the process of determining the 12 individuals who will be recognized at the 2019 National Native American Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 2.
"The survey will be open for just two weeks so I urge you to complete the survey early and make sure your voice is heard," says National Native American Hall of Fame CEO James Parker Shield, Little Shell Chippewa.
After the survey closes, the organization's Board of Directors will tabulate the results and determine the 12 inductees, who will be announced at a later date.
"Our Board of Directors takes this process very seriously; and we have lively discussions on each potential nominee at every step during the selection process," notes Shield. "The public survey results are a huge asset in these discussions as it gives us an idea of how the Native public is weighing in about each of the inductees."
"It's a difficult process to narrow it down to only 12 inductees each year; and I commend my Board for making the tough decisions to do that, especially when there are so many deserving Native Americans," says Shield.
The survey will include a short biography about each nominee to help the public understand why they have been nominated.
To nominate other Native Americans in the future, the National Native American Hall of Fame is working on a nomination form that will be on the website ( Until the form is online, send emails to: with the name, short biography, and a digital photo of the individual being nominated as well as your contact information.
For more information about the 2019 Induction Ceremony and to become a sponsor, contact Chief Development Officer T.J. Hansell ( or (602) 885-4454.
About the National Native American Hall of Fame
The National Native American Hall of Fame is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Its mission is "To Recognize and Honor the inspirational achievements of Native Americans in contemporary history." The all-Native Board of Directors includes members from several nations, including: Blackfeet/Wichita, Comanche, Ojibwe, Northern Cheyenne and Sac and Fox. Future plans for the Hall of Fame include a traveling exhibit and an educational curriculum for youth focusing on the vast array of accomplishments by Native Americans in modern times. For more information and updates, visit
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Photo:  Four of the 12 2018 Inaugural Inductees to the National Native American Hall of Fame: Lionel Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota; LaDonna Harris, Comanche; John Herrington, Chickasaw and Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota. Photo Credit: Jolon Indian Media.

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