This is one of my most important posts I've ever made. I was shocked and of course, this has NOT been in the mainstream media. What I'm referring to is the forced relocation of the Dineh tribe of Native Americans. You may know them as NAVAJO. What is happening here is a repeat of history. PL93-531 is being used to force the Dineh people out of their homes and being "relocated" into cities and even onto toxic waste dumps. You read it right, TOXIC WASTE DUMPS. Just as in the case of the forced removal of the Native American tribes in the Southeast from 1831-1838, the reason for this removal is, in the words of a minister who addressed Congress concerning the Southeastern removal, "we want the land." To learn more about the Southeastern removal, click HERE. That is what is happening now. The Peabody Western Coal Company, known as PEABODY ENERGY, wants the Dineh land for strip mining. Peabody Energy is well-known to those who either worked in the coal mining industry or had family members that did for forcing people off their land. Much like the Federal government's illegal use of imminent domain, Peabody would offer people a small fraction of what their land was worth, and like a government agency, if they refused, they were just forced off. Many of these lands had been occupied by the same family for generations, so it wasn't just a piece of land. So it is with the Dineh. Following are two videos which together are about fifteen minutes in length. Please take the time to watch them. This puts faces with what is going on, is very moving and informative. Here is a link to the webpage where the videos appear as well as an article - click HERE. If you have a low bandwith connection or dial-up, there are also links to these videos for low bandwith users. The one thing I disagree with article is that it centers on Senator John McCain. I've always believed in listing all who are responsible for a particular action. I don't know exactly how many total are involved in this, but in the article, it does list former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, former President Jimmy Carter, and former Representative Douglas Wayne Owens.
Some things never change. Native Americans continue to be treated far less than second class citizens. Treaties with the Federal government continue to not be worth the paper on which they are written. It's really something when you think about it. Native Americans are treated like this, but in time of war, they have historically fought and died for this country. What a way to thank them.
VANISHING PRAYER - PART I
VANISHING PRAYER - PART 2