senate bill 2109

I do not often make requests on behalf of my tribe, but this is very important to the Hopi and Navajo people.

S.2109 - Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2109/show
Link to Hopi petition:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Protect_Hopi_Water_Hopi_and_the_World_Stop_Senate_Bill_2019/

John McCain and Jon Kyl have sponsored this bill that threatens both the Navajo and Hopi aboriginal rights to their water.

Both Navajo and Hopi have opposed this bill:
http://traditionalhopi.org/
http://navajotimes.com/opinions/2012/0712/070512letters.php
http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/senate-bill-2109-seeks-to-extinguish-navajo-and-hopi-water-rights-7-12.html
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/05/10/opposition-still-strong-to-navajo-hopi-water-act-112232
http://www.humblelibertarian.com/2012/04/united-states-congress-senate-bill-2109.html

I know many here do not care for the dwindling religious tribes, but this is more than religion, this is vital to our very existence. They have taken our lands, contaminated them and now threaten to take the water as well. Many tribes have assimilated, Hopi are one of the few who have resisted. My tribe just wants to be left alone and continue to exist as we always have. Although it is considered disrespectful to show videos of our sacred dances and ceremonies that we have kept for many generations, I do feel it is important for people to realize that this has not been lost yet, and see for themselves before it is gone from this world forever. Many cannot travel to see this with their own eyes. The Hopi were once a many people, after the extermination we are only around 7,000 left on this planet. Yes, we are at risk to become extinct. What little the tribe has, they need to protect in order to survive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnbCn_8jdWc&feature=related

If you care, please write your representatives and sign the petition to stop the water from being taken as well. The petition is not limited to US citizens.

The text of the bill seems to be composed to a large degree of references to previous agreements and such, so could you please explain exactly what it is and why it is a problem?

DJjaffacake:
The text of the bill seems to be composed to a large degree of references to previous agreements and such, so could you please explain exactly what it is and why it is a problem?

It basically wants Hopi and Navajo to turn over the original water rights given to us at the time the reservation was formed, and prevent us from suing for contamination of our waters.

They forced coal mining and uranium mining on the land, and now they want to take the water too. They are seeking to privatize the water now. Peabody coal had overpumped drying up the springs, then they try and say they will help us provide water to the people if the tribes turn over their rights to it and not be able to sue them for doing it in the first place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mesa_Peabody_Coal_controversy
http://www.navajohopiobserver.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=794&ArticleID=14194

The Hopi have been trying to fight these things, but there are not enough people to accomplish everything we need to get done.

http://www.epa.gov/region9/superfund/navajo-nation/pdf/NN-5-Year-Plan-June-12.pdf

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will spend more than $2.5 million to clean uranium contamination on the Navajo and Hopi reservations
http://www.nativetimes.com/news/environment/4274-epa-to-spend-25m-cleaning-uranium-on-navajo-hopi-reservations

They are cleaning up those, but still have over 3,000 active projects they are not doing anything about...
"The withdrawal does not prohibit previously approved uranium mining, new projects that could be approved on claims and sites with valid existing rights. The withdrawal would allow other natural resource development in the area, including mineral leasing, geothermal leasing and mineral materials sales, to the extent consistent with the applicable land use plans. Approximately 3,200 mining claims are currently located in the withdrawal area.

"The withdrawal maintains the pace of hard rock mining, particularly uranium, near the Grand Canyon," said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, "but also gives the Department a chance to monitor the impacts associated with uranium mining in this area. It preserves the ability of future decision-makers to make thoughtful decisions about managing this area of national environmental and cultural significance based on the best information available."

During the withdrawal period, the BLM projects that up to 11 uranium mines, including four that are currently approved, could still be developed based on valid pre-existing rights - meaning the jobs supported by mining in the area would increase or remain flat as compared to the current level, according to the BLM's analysis. By comparison, during the 1980s, nine uranium mines were developed on these lands and five were mined out. Without the withdrawal, there could be 30 uranium mines in the area over the next 20 years, including the four that are currently approved, with as many as six operating at one time, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) estimates."
http://www.navajohopiobserver.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=794&ArticleID=14194

Lil devils x:

If you care, please write your representatives and sign the petition to stop the water from being taken as well. The petition is not limited to US citizens.

And make it personal, not some form letter auto-generated by a site. The blurb generated by OpenCongress.org is a good start, you can easily reword a bit and add some personal fluff. Make sure that it's obvious you're a constituent (include at least your city, state, and zip) and that you'll be watching their vote. And apparently, snail mail is no longer a good idea due to delays caused by the security they go through. Phone calls, faxes, and emails are generally better now.

All this courtesy of Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, who guest starred on Extra Credits.

edit: Apparently you cannot leave your full address, phone, and email blank on OpenCongress.org. Of course, this information will help your congresscritters confirm your constituency, but if you don't like submitting it through a third-party website you can just email your critters directly.

evilneko:

Lil devils x:

If you care, please write your representatives and sign the petition to stop the water from being taken as well. The petition is not limited to US citizens.

And make it personal, not some form letter auto-generated by a site. The blurb generated by OpenCongress.org is a good start, you can easily reword a bit and add some personal fluff. Make sure that it's obvious you're a constituent (include at least your city, state, and zip) and that you'll be watching their vote. And apparently, snail mail is no longer a good idea due to delays caused by the security they go through. Phone calls, faxes, and emails are generally better now.

All this courtesy of Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, who guest starred on Extra Credits.

EDIT: I think I misunderstood what you are saying. It is hard to go back to english when thinking in Hopi. I apologize for my misunderstanding. and Thank you.

Maybe they should convert to christianity. That'll fix everything.

everythingbeeps:
Maybe they should convert to christianity. That'll fix everything.

No, what we need to do is reopen our ancient trade routes and come together as one people helping one another.
The eagle and the condor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwS6c-c7LeI

The tribes of this earth are not unable to help ourselves if only civilization would allow us to do so.
Fire run to Hopi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv294aZ5rGY&feature=relmfu
Indigenous Run to Hopi -Fire, Water, Air and Earth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZGeFaa5eQg&feature=relmfu

 

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