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NEW UPDATE: Shack Rat Crew At Last Laid to Rest on Home Soil
Services Held at Arlington National Cemetery on 03 & 04 August 2011
for Recovered Pilot and Crew of WWII B-24 Bomber 42-40918, the "Shack Rat"—
With Photo Gallery

SENAA International - 06 AUG 2011
During the week of 01-05 August 2011, families of the pilot and crew of the B-24 Liberator Bomber 42-40918, "Shack Rat", convened at Arlington, Virginia, to finally lay to rest their lost loved ones on American soil. All 12 of the airmen have now been brought home and laid to rest on their home soil and were given full military honors by the nation that they served and gave their lives to defend....
NEW UPDATE: SSgt. Berthold Allen Chastain's Remains Found, Identified, and Returned
SENAA International - 06 FEB 2011
   On 26 October 2010, one day before the 67th anniversary of his disappearance, Berthold Allen Chastain's daughter, Tulie Mae Chastain-Swilling, received a phone call from the U.S. Army informing her that the remains of her father, along with those of the other eleven crewmen of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, 42-40918, the "Shack Rat", had been recovered and positively identified....
Navajo Nation Council Votes to Waive Water Rights "Forever"
Dine' Water Rights!  -  07 NOV 2010
   WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION—On Thursday November 4th, 2010 the outgoing Navajo Nation Council Voted 51-24 to waive Diné Water Rights to the lower Colorado River 'Forever'.
   Seventy people marched to the council chambers and joined others in prayer to demonstrate concerns with the proposed Northeastern Arizona Water Settlement. Concerned Citizens for Diné Water Rights affirmed their commitment to stop the settlement.
   You can contact Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley & urge him to VETO the NN Council water settlement vote: Phone: (928) 871-7000 Email:
   Statement by Ron Milford of Concerned Citizens for Diné Water Rights
Shelly Beats Lovejoy in Navajo Nation Presidential Election 
Lovejoy Seeks Recount
Indian Country Today  -  03 NOV 2010
   WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.–Despite facing charges of conspiracy, fraud and theft in a Navajo Nation “slush fund” probe investigation, presidential candidate Ben Shelly prevailed in the Nov. 2 election with more than a 5 percent lead over New Mexico State Sen. Lynda Lovejoy.
   Shelly garnered 33,692 votes to Lovejoy’s 30,357. Early reports indicate that Lovejoy will seek a recount, but attempts to contact her at press time were unsuccessful.
   President-elect Shelly of Thoreau, N.M., currently serves as the Navajo Nation vice president....
Navajo Closer Than Ever to Electing Woman Leader
NPR  -  17 OCT 2010
   WINDOW ROCK, AZ--Lynda Lovejoy walks past throngs of parade-goers in her traditional, crushed velvet dress and moccasins, her campaign button on the sleeve. Speaking through a microphone, she says she'll bring fresh perspective to the Navajo government if elected president.
   Her supporters shout, "You go girl!"
   Others at the parade in Window Rock clearly don't want to see her at the helm of the country's largest American Indian reservation. "I hope you lose," one man shouts, then covers his mouth and
ducks into the crowd. Another woman declares support for Lovejoy's opponent: "We want Ben Shelly. Women belong in the kitchen."...
Judy Pasternak's Navajo Uranium Study, Yellow Dirt, Reviewed
The Washington Post  -  17 OCT 2010


An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed

by Judy Pasternak
Free Press. 317 pp. $26
   I first heard about radiation poisoning on the Navajo Reservation in the late 1960s. I was a teenager living on the reservation. My father was one of the white millers employed by the Vanadium Corporation of America (VCA) to run the uranium mill in Shiprock, N.M. News of health disasters came to me as rumors at school: "They say a herd of sheep drank from the river and died. They say miners at Red Mountain are getting sick." Over the next several decades rumor gave way to evidence of serious health problems among uranium miners, their families, the livestock and the land. In her disturbing and illuminating "Yellow Dirt," Judy Pasternak evokes the magnitude of a nuclear disaster that continues to reverberate.
   Pasternak locates ground zero in Cane Valley, 30 miles northeast of Arizona's gorgeous red rock country, Monument Valley. Prospectors had been eying the mineral-rich reservation since the early 1920s, but it wasn't until 1938 that Congress passed a law giving the Navajo tribal council authority to issue leases....
RECA and Compensating Navajo Nation Uranium Miners  -  08 OCT 2010
   While Congress considers amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) proposed by U.S. Representative Tom Udall earlier this year, which would specifically allow compensation to workers exposed after 1971, make qualification for benefits easier to obtain, incorporate additional exposure testing and apply to those exposed to fallout from nuclear testing in more geographical areas, additional RECA coverage efforts are in the works.
   One movement seeks to expand RECA to cover members of the Navajo Nation who were workers or children of workers in the uranium industry. Navajo workers and their descendants have experienced unique and devastating effects since uranium mining began on or near reservation lands....
Lawsuit Opens Door on Black Mesa
Durango Telegraph  -  08 OCT 2010
   A lawsuit is trying to shed daylight on suspicious practices at the nearby Black Mesa Coal Complex. Native American and conservation groups have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for withholding records related to coal mining in northeast Arizona.
   To date, the department’s Office of Surface Mining has refused to publicly release records on mining operations conducted at the site by Peabody, the largest coal mine operator in the world. Among other records, the plaintiffs are seeking a copy of a current, valid operating permit for mining....
Coal Plant Would Get New Controls
NY Times  -  06 OCT 2010
   The Environmental Protection Agency signaled on Wednesday that it would require a New Mexico power plant, one of the largest coal-fired ones in the nation, to install $717 million in pollution controls to curb emissions that spread haze over the Four Corners region of the Southwest, home to national parks like Mesa Verde.
   The proposal to install the equipment on the oldest three units of the massive 2,250-megawatt plant is likely to have a long-term effect on both the territory and the economy of the Navajo Nation, which covers an area three times the size of Vermont across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah....
Lawsuit Seeks Release of Public Records for Peabody
Coal Operations on Tribal Lands in Arizona

Biological Diversity  -  05 OCT 2010
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz—Native American and conservation groups sued the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) in federal court in Colorado on Thursday for withholding records relating to Peabody Energy’s coal-mining operations on tribal lands in northeast Arizona. To date, the agency has refused to publicly release records relating to Peabody’s coal-mining operations—including a copy of a current, valid operating permit for Peabody’s mining. The lawsuit was brought under the Freedom of Information Act.
   “For decades, OSM has quietly issued permits to Peabody in a way that has thwarted meaningful public involvement and community understanding of Peabody’s mine operations,” said Nikke Alex, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition. “OSM’s permitting actions have a direct and irreparable impact on our community. These records must be released to the public.”...
Drinking Water Option Opens Pandora's Box of Issues
Arizona Daily Sun  -  05 SEP 2010
   It's been said that having choices can make life more interesting but also more difficult.
   Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's handling of the Snowbowl snowmaking permit, the Flagstaff City Council has experienced that truism in spades.
   Thursday's 5-2 vote by the council not to sell drinking water to Snowbowl came only after reopening one of the more divisive decisions by a previous council in 2002. The fact that the vote returns the issue to the contractually obligated status quo of selling reclaimed wastewater for snowmaking did not make it any easier.
   The USDA option to use subsidized drinking water also opened to public scrutiny secret negotiations the city had been conducting with the Hopi Tribe over a future water pipeline easement from Red Gap Ranch east of Flagstaff. And the option forced various tribal officials to clarify their position as opposing snowmaking using any water source–potable or not–that enhanced the viability of recreational skiing on the Peaks....
No Drinking Water for Snowbowl
Arizona Daily Sun  -  03 SEP 2010
   Arizona Snowbowl is unlikely to be making artificial snow on the San Francisco Peaks in the winter of 2011-12 after all.
   In fact, it is now unclear when or whether the ski area might start construction, much less produce the snow. That decision is now again in the hands of a federal judge after the Flagstaff City Council on Thursday decided 5-2 against allowing the ski area to use drinking water instead of reclaimed wastewater....
No Drinking Water for Snowbowl
Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  02 SEP 2010
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In a vote of 5-2, the Flagstaff City Council voted against selling drinking water to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort for snowmaking.
   The Flagstaff Water Commission had recently recommended that the council consider a request to sell drinking water to Snowbowl for artificial snowmaking rather than using reclaimed wastewater....
Wooshdéé', biil! 
Juanita's descendants welcome home her weavings
Navajo Times  -  02 SEP 2010
   WINDOW ROCK–Two extremely rare relics of Chief Manuelito's wife Juanita were unpacked and welcomed by three generations of her descendants last week at the Navajo Nation Museum, where they will be on loan from the Autry National Center for six months.
   The dress and saddle blanket woven by Juanita, who died in 1910, were carefully lifted out of their cardboard boxes, unfolded and put on display as part of the Chief Manuelito exhibit, which opened Aug. 27; but not until several pairs of eager hands in latex gloves fondled them for a while.
   Seeing and touching the weavings was an emotional experience for Juanita's great-great-granddaughter, great-great-great-granddaughters and great-great-great-great grandson....
Create the most Eco-friendly Ski Resort in the World

PSA - Tribal Wisdom Foundation  -  24 AUG 2010

NOTE: The Tribal Wisdom Foundation (TWF) is not an Indigenous American organization. Neither the organization nor any of its members represent the views of Native Americans (Indigenous Americans) as a whole or any individual Indigenous American tribal nation. As far as SENAA International is aware, TWF has not conferred with or sought approval of its plan from any Indigenous American tribal or intertribal organization. TWF's views, actions, and proposed actions are entirely their own. Their views and actions do not reflect or represent SENAA International's views. Until some key questions are answered, SENAA International cannot support TWF's proposal. TWF's Public Service Announcement is published here as a public service, for the sole purpose of keeping readers informed of actions being taken by various groups regarding the Snowbowl controversy. -- SENAA International

   The Tribal Wisdom Foundation (TWF) has presented a non-snowmaking alternative for the ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks to the Mayor and City Council of Flagstaff. This no snowmaking alternative involves creating a collaborative effort between the City of Flagstaff, Indigenous Nations, conservation organizations and the USDA to protect water sources, cultural resources and the natural environment.
   The plan involves TWF facilitating the purchase of the permit and assets of Arizona Snowbowl and establishing a not-for-profit organization to manage the resort in a manner that is both environmentally and culturally sensitive, creating the most eco-friendly ski resort in the world....

Navajo Nation Urges Flagstaff Council to Disapprove Snowbowl Water Contract
Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  18 AUG 2010
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - During the Flagstaff City Council's special meeting on Monday, Aug. 30, the Navajo Nation will once again adamantly oppose any and all expansion to the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. A proposal currently sits before the City Council that, if passed, would allow Flagstaff to sell potable water to the ski resort for snowmaking purposes.
   On July 21, the 21st Navajo Nation Council overwhelmingly voted
in favor of Resolution CJY-34-10 that urged the Flagstaff City Council and Flagstaff Water Commission to "disapprove a proposed contract to sell potable water to Arizona Snowbowl for snowmaking on Dook'o'oslííd (San Francisco Peaks)."...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
"Indigenous Peoples Still Experience Racism, Poor Health and Disproportionate Poverty"
Message on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 09 August 2010
VIENNA, 09 August (UN Information Service)—The world's indigenous peoples have preserved a vast amount of humanity's cultural history. Indigenous peoples speak a majority of the world's languages, and have inherited and passed on a wealth of knowledge, artistic forms and religious and cultural traditions. On this International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we reaffirm our commitment to their wellbeing....
   But we must do even more. Indigenous peoples still experience racism, poor health and disproportionate poverty. In many societies, their languages, religions and cultural traditions are stigmatized and shunned. The first-ever UN report on the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples in January 2010 set out some alarming statistics....

Snowbowl Case Shifts to Use of Potable Water
Fake-snow Fight Takes New Direction
Capitol Media Services  -  26 JUL 2010
PHOENIX - A federal judge is hoping to get the owners of one of the state's best-known ski resorts to promise they won't start construction on an artificial-snow system for at least another two weeks.
   At a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia noted that Flagstaff officials are expected to decide by then whether they intend to sell drinkable water to the Arizona Snowbowl....
Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law
Associated Press  -  28 JUL 2010
   PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.
   The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents–including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws....
Hopi Council Approves Carbon Capture Storage Project
Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  27 JUL 2010
   KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - In a surprise move, the Hopi Tribal Council approved a controversial project with an 8 to 4 vote, giving four western energy companies (WEC Consortium) and the Hopi Tribe the go-ahead to evaluate geologic characteristics of the Black Mesa Basin for potential commercial storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a new method known as carbon capture sequestration (CCS).
   Nada Talayumptewa, chair of the Hopi Tribe's Energy Team and council representative from Kykotsmovi, placed the action item and resolution on the council's agenda.... 
Hopi Council Visited by New 'Hopi Silent Majority' Group
Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  13 JUL 2010
   KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz.—Last Tuesday morning, Hopi tribal member Jack Harding of Kykotsmovi marched with his newly formed community group called "Hopi Senom-The Silent Majority" to deliver a letter to the Hopi Tribal Council.
   The letter expressed a number of community concerns and dissatisfaction with decisions being made. The letter demanded that Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa come before the Hopi villages within 30 days to give appropriate information and explanation for all the recent Hopi Council political activity....
Hopi Council Again Rejects Snowmaking
Arizona Daily Sun  - 10 JUL 2010
   The Hopi Tribe's legislative body voted unanimously Thursday to use any remaining legal avenues to stop snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl, the tribe's leader said Friday.
   "Ultimately and straightforwardly, we're just opposed to any snowmaking at all," said Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa.
   "The Hopi people's lives are based on our values and what we've been told to protect in our lives," he said. "And as Hopis, we just cannot go against the teachings we've been taught to guarantee the survival of our Hopi people."...
Work Stalled on Snowbowl Snowmaking
First Tracks Online  -  10 JUL 2010
   Flagstaff, Arizona—Work on Arizona Snowbowl's long debated snowmaking project has been placed on hold, both by the U.S. Forest Service and the ski area's owners....
Snowmaking Opponents File for Time
Arizona Daily Sun  -  07 JUL 2010
   An attorney representing snowmaking opponents has asked a judge to temporarily prohibit construction at Arizona Snowbowl.
   Attorney Howard Shanker filed a request for a temporary restraining order on Tuesday with Judge Mary Murguia, in the U.S. District Court for Arizona.
   The action comes after Friday's decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow snowmaking and related construction on the Peaks, an approval that becomes effective next week....
Hopi, Navajo Group Meets to Discuss Peabody, Navajo Generating Station
Newly formed
Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  06 JUL 2010
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz—Over the past couple of months, a new Hopi and Navajo grassroots group has been meeting in the hopes of developing a more formal posture on tribal lease reopeners regarding coal revenues and alternative methods of water usage at Peabody Coal and the Navajo Generating Station (NGS).
   The "Inter-tribal COALition" held a meeting June 26 at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center conference room in Kykotsmovi in front of a capacity crowd of Hopi, Navajo and other individuals who are interested in working together to develop formal proposals to present to the Navajo and Hopi tribal councils that will upgrade current lease conditions–environmentally and economically–with Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Western Coal company....
New Rules Issued on Coal Air Pollution
New York Times  -  06 JUL 2010
   WASHINGTON — Acting under federal court order, the Obama administration proposed new air-quality rules on Tuesday for coal-burning power plants that officials said would bring major reductions in soot and smog from Texas to the Eastern Seaboard.
   The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing the rules to replace a plan from the administration of President George W. Bush that a federal judge threw out in 2008, citing numerous flaws in the calculation of air-quality effects....
Sale of Snowbowl in Play during Permit Delay
Arizona Daily Sun  -  03 JUL 2010
   Negotiations during the past year regarding the fate of Arizona Snowbowl has been tumultuous and far-ranging.
   Current U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan asked the nation's highest court not to hear the case opposing snowmaking in May 2009, when she was working as solicitor general.
   The Supreme Court did decline to hear the case last June, but a final decision remained in limbo, held up at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Snowbowl was first approved for an upgrade by the Coconino National Forest in 2005....
Snowbowl Can Start Snowmaking Construction July 12
Arizona Daily Sun  -  02 JUL 2010
   Arizona Snowbowl is cleared to make snow for skiing on the San Francisco Peaks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided today.
   Construction could begin as soon as July 12, barring more legal action.
   The decision on the ski area reached President Obama’s cabinet level, with a letter today signed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack....
   NOTE: 1 barrel of oil = 158.987295 liters, or 42 U.S. gallons.
The current flow rate at the BP Gulf oil leak is estimated to be between 60,000 and 100,000 barrels per day, depending on whether you believe BP's estimate or those of independent scientists who have studied the leak. That's between 2.52 and 4.2 million gallons of crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico per day. Currently BP is capturing approximately 20,000 barrels of oil per day, leaving 40,000 - 80,000 barrels, or 1.68 - 3.36 million gallons per day gushing into the Gulf.
Biologists Find 'Dead Zones' around BP Oil Spill in Gulf
Methane at 100,000 times normal levels have been creating oxygen-depleted areas devoid of life near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill, according to two independent scientist
Guardian  -  30 JUN 2010
Scientists are confronting growing evidence that BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is creating oxygen-depleted "dead zones" where fish and other marine life cannot survive.
   In two separate research voyages, independent scientists have detected what were described as "astonishingly high" levels of methane, or natural gas, bubbling from the well site, setting off a chain of reactions that suck the oxygen out of the water. In some cases, methane concentrations are 100,000 times normal levels....
US Interior Issues $5.2 M Civil Penalty to BP America for False Reporting on Tribal Lands
Department of the Interior  -  30 JUN 2010
   DENVER June 30, 2010—The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) announced today that BP America Inc. has been assessed a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting "false, inaccurate, or misleading" reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian Tribal lands in southwestern Colorado. The civil penalty announced today is not related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
   "It is simply unacceptable for companies to repeatedly misreport production, particularly when it interferes with the auditing process," said BOEM Director Michael R. Bromwich. "We are committed to collecting every dollar due from energy production that occurs on Federal and American Indian lands, and accurate reporting is crucial to that effort."...
The Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario?
Efforts to stop the flow may have set the stage for an even bigger catastrophe
Newsweek  -  27 JUN 2010
   The grim video feed of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico got even worse on Wednesday after BP had to remove the containment cap because a robotic submarine collided with a vent. Even before this setback to contain the massive flow of oil into the gulf, online speculation has fueled fears that the leaks could be much greater than what's been shown. According to these theories, such leaks at the bottom that is, below the sea floor could present a new worst-case scenario for the disaster, which has now stretched past its second month....
Ninth Circuit Revives Indian Preference Lawsuit against Peabody  -  24 JUN 2010
   The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived a messy Indian preference lawsuit against Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company, and said the Navajo Nation can be joined in the case.

Peabody entered into agreements with the Navajo Nation to operate coal mines on the reservation. The leases, which were approved by the Interior Department, include a provision that states Navajos will be given preference in employment.

"Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, who served as Secretary during the period the leases were drafted and approved, stated in a declaration submitted to the district court that DOI drafted the leases and required the inclusion of the Navajo employment preferences," the court observed. "This statement is undisputed."

The dispute began when Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency, sued Peabody for allegedly failing to hire Native Americans who are not Navajo....

Navajo Nation Must Move away from Coal Mining
Arizona Republic  -  22 JUN 2010
   The April 5 disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners has brought a renewed attention to the issue of mine safety.
   The Obama administration has announced a review of existing regulations and Rep. George Miller publicly released a list of the 48 mines with a pattern of serious safety violations. Only one from Arizona made the list.
   Arizona being the top copper-producing state in the country, you might think it was one of the numerous copper mines. Or maybe one of the gold or silver mines that dot the state.
   In fact, it was the Kayenta Coal Mine, located way up on the Navajo Reservation, just a few miles from where I grew up....
Court Clears Way for Uranium Mining
Courthouse News  -  18 JUN 2010
(CN) -The 10th Circuit cleared the way for a Texas company to seek the last permit it needs to begin extracting nearly 14 million pounds of uranium from the ground near the Navajo community of Churchrock by ruling that the mine operation is not on Indian land.
   The Denver-based appellate panel, sitting en banc, determined that New Mexico, not the Environmental Protection Agency, has the authority to issue an underground injection control permit to Hydro Resources Inc.
   The permit will allow the Houston-based company to extract uranium by injecting chemicals into the ground....
Summer Solstice at Puvungna - Monday, June 21st
Long Beach, CA
   Please join us for the Summer Solstice, Monday, June 21st, 2010.
It is also the National Day of Prayer for Protection of Sacred Sites.
We will gather at Puvungna, on the campus of CSU Long Beach, from 4 pm until after sunset....
Coal Plant a Divisive Issue between Navajo Leaders
Ventura County Star  -  15 JUN 2010
   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Navajo Vice President Ben Shelly said Tuesday that he opposes a planned coal-fired power plant on the reservation, even though his boss is standing by the project.
   Shelly has been campaigning for the tribe's top job on a promise to quash the Desert Rock Energy Project, which has been stalled for years. He said he would lobby the Tribal Council to rescind its approval if he's elected president....
Gulf Oil Spill a "Slow Death" for Houma Tribe  -  15 JUN 2010
   Spread out across several parishes in coastal southeastern Louisiana, the 17,000-member United Houma Nation, a state-recognized tribe, has prepared for and survived some of the most devastating hurricanes. But the oil leak that has pumped millions of gallons of toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico is nothing like a hurricane. It’s far worse.
   Houma citizens have been living, hunting, fishing, shrimping, crabbing, trapping and harvesting oysters in the Louisiana’s coastal marshes and wetlands for hundreds of years. Yet as Principal Chief Brenda Dardar Robichaux last week said in her testimony before members of the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs Wildlife and Oceans, which is investigating the impacts of the BP spill, “This lifestyle is now in jeopardy.”...
Pressure Builds in Hopi Dismissals and Disputes
Indian Country Today  -  15 JUN 2010
   KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz.—Dismissals and a general shakeup appear to be the latest phase in a long-simmering controversy over tribal leadership and village representation on the Hopi Tribal Council.
   Although the most recent round of infighting began some time ago, a tribal council meeting May 13 brought matters to a head when the tribe’s long-time attorney, Scott Canty, was dismissed, and Tutuveni, the Hopi tribal newspaper, was reinstated after being shut down last December.
   Suspended pending a hearing was Mary Felter, tribal secretary, who had been acting CEO of an interim government created after the resignation of the former tribal chairman and vice chairman, sources said. The status of that government and its actions were also called into question at the recent meeting....
Chief Prepares to Sell DWP Assets
General Manager Austin Beutner hopes to sell L.A.'s share of a coal-fired generating station in Arizona and is weighing a sale and lease-back deal on the utility's landmark downtown building.

Los Angeles Times  -  15 JUN 2010
The top executive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is laying the groundwork for a sale of some of the agency's biggest assets—including the utility's iconic downtown Los Angeles headquarters—as it seeks to cover rising costs without raising electricity rates.
   DWP Interim General Manager Austin Beutner said Monday that he would not pursue any additional power rate increases for the remainder of the calendar year. But that decision would come with a series of tradeoffs, he said....
Sacred Sheep Revive Navajo Tradition, for Now
Vermont Public Radio  -  13 JUN 2010
   For as long as anyone can remember, Churro sheep have been central to Navajo life and spirituality, yet the animal was nearly exterminated in modern times by outside forces who deemed it an inferior breed. Now, on a Navajo reservation of northern Arizona and New Mexico, the Churro is being shepherded back to health....
National Day of Prayer to Protect Native Sacred Places
Native American Rights Fund  -  10 JUN 2010
   The National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places is being observed at the Native American Rights Fund on Monday, June 21, 2010.
   The public is welcome to a sunrise ceremony that will be held on NARF's front lawn beginning at 6:00 a.m. The program is expected to last for one hour with a prayer ceremony. Community members have been invited to speak, as well as other NARF staff. Speakers will be followed by a moment of silence to show concern for the sacred places that are being damaged and destroyed today....
Court Gives DOE Green Light to Continue Yucca Shutdown
Las Vegas Review-Journal  -  04 MAY 2010
   WASHINGTON—The Department of Energy has been given the green light to move full speed ahead with its shutdown plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste program.
   A federal appeals court late Monday dismissed a request to freeze termination activities until later this year, after judges have weighed lawsuits challenging the shutdown.
   The order clears the way for the DOE to resume dismantling the Nevada waste repository program that the Obama administration wants to shelve. Remaining federal employees were given pre-layoff notices earlier this year, and the DOE was scheduled to issue a termination letter to the project's management contractor....
Revision to Arizona Law Sets Conditions for Questions by the Police
New York Times  -  30 APR 2010
   Phoenix (AP)—Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed a follow-on bill approved by Arizona legislators that makes revisions to the state’s sweeping law against illegal immigration. She said the changes should quell concerns that the measure will lead to racial profiling.
   The law requires local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally, and it makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.
   Governor Brewer said the changes should lay to rest concerns of opponents....
Leonard Benally Opposes Peabody Renewal
Indian Country Toady  -  30 APR 2010
   Peabody Western Coal Co. is operating illegally in the pursuit of profit at the expense of people’s lives, livestock, wildlife and the environment. Peabody is illegally giving money to the Navajo Nation Council prior to getting an approval on the Black Mesa and Kayenta mine lease re-opener. Peabody is using blood money of our land and life.
   Too many of our people have died, without a health assessment done of respiratory problems, black lung, silicosis, cancer, kidney failure, despair and suicide in the name and pursuit of coal and high royalties....
Christian "Doctrine" Fueled Dehumanization: UNPFII Report
Indian Country Today  -  29 APR 2010
   NEW YORK – A groundbreaking report examining the roots of Christian domination over indigenous peoples and their lands was released this week at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
   North American Representative to the Permanent Forum Tonya Gonnella Frichner, an attorney and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance, presented a preliminary study on the “Doctrine of Discovery” and its historical impacts on indigenous peoples, with a focus on how it became part of United States laws.
   “The first thing indigenous peoples share is the experience of having been invaded by those who treated us without compassion because they considered us to be less than human,” said Frichner, a citizen of the Onondaga Nation serving her first term on the 16-member UNPFII....
Cobell and Keepseagle in Limbo
Indian Country Today  -  28 APR 2010
   WASHINGTON – The possibility of two substantial financial settlements involving Indian interests continues to hang in the balance, with several well-publicized deadlines having passed without federal action.
   The separate and unique cases are known as Cobell v. Salazar and Keepseagle v. Vilsack. The former centers on claims by thousands of Indians that the federal government mismanaged billions of dollars in oil, gas, grazing, timber and other royalties overseen by the Department of the Interior for Indian trustees since 1887. The latter involves thousands of tribal plaintiffs who contend that Department of Agriculture officials denied or delayed a number of farm and ranch loans and emergency assistance applications by Indians....
Russell: Don’t Visit Arizona Without Your Papers
Indian Country Today  -  27 APR 2010
   I was slow to learn about Indians and complexion, having been born with the name Teehee in a small Oklahoma town. Nobody would question my ethnicity and if I wished to deny it there was no chance. Indians were the largest “minority” in town and I was a Cherokee on Creek territory, a double minority. However, just about all of the discrimination based on color was inflicted upon African-Americans.
   When I got involved in the repatriation movement in Texas, I learned that my light complexion was a mixed blessing. I spent a lot of time playing tag team with a dark-skinned Pawnee lawyer and it was plain to us both that some people would rather listen to me than to him. On the other hand, one legislator made me prove I was “a federal Indian” because in his mind I did not look the part. And I overheard, at a meeting of archeologists where I was being discussed as a troublemaker in advance of my speech (but not quite enough in advance because I was just outside the door) this backhanded compliment: “if he would work half as hard at being white as he does at being Indian, he could!”...
Treatment of Wabanaki Questioned
Episcopal Committee files human rights record critique with UN
Indian Country Today  -  26 APR 2010
   PORTLAND, Maine – The Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations has filed a hard-hitting critique with the United Nations Human Rights Council on Maine’s human rights record against the Wabanaki nations and the federal government’s failure to rein in state violations of domestic and international laws and standards meant to protect indigenous peoples.
   The U.S. government’s human rights record is currently under assessment in a process called the Universal Periodic Review, which was created by the U.N. General Assembly in 2006 as a mechanism by which the human rights records of all 192 U.N. member states are reviewed every four years....
Arizona Governor Signs Immigration Law:
Foes Promise Fight

Arizona Central  -  24 APR 2010
   Moments after Gov. Jan Brewer signed Arizona's controversial new immigration law Friday, opponents promised legal challenges and economic sanctions against a state still reeling from the housing meltdown.
   Before and after Senate Bill 1070 became law at 1:30 p.m., civil unrest punctuated by loud protests and several minor clashes took place at the state Capitol, where more than 1,500 people gathered to chant, pray and either praise or castigate the Republican governor....
Supreme Court to Hear Trust Case
by Rob Capriccioso
Indian Country Today  -  23 APR 2010
   The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trust law case involving tribal interests. The case centers on government trust abuse allegations from the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona.
   The tribe had filed its own historical accounting lawsuit, similar to the well-known Cobell litigation, in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. It filed another suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking monetary damages.
   The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the tribe can pursue both cases because they seek different outcomes.
   The Obama administration has disagreed, appealing to the Supreme Court.
United States Re-examines Opposition to UN Declaration
Indian Country Today  -  23 APR 2010
   NEW YORK – Political tides are turning as international support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples continues to grow, putting greater pressure on Canada and the United States to fully endorse it.
   One day after New Zealand reversed its position and supported the Declaration, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice announced that the United States is undertaking a review of its opposition....
SoCal Edison Bails Out of Coal Plant
New America Media  -  07 APR 2010
   Even as Pres. Obama is touting coal as part of a clean energy future, one of the largest utilities in California is trying to distance itself from the fossil fuel.
   Southern California Edison (SCE), a subsidiary of Edison International, intends to divest its 48 percent share of Four Corners Power Plant by the end of 2016. Located west of Farmington, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation reservation, the power plant represents SCE’s last remaining stake in a coal-fired power plant.
   In a March 1 financial disclosure to federal regulators, the company indicated that California law prohibits it from making long-term investments in generators that emit high levels of greenhouse gases, which include most coal power plants....
Jeff Biggers: Clean-Coal Myth Buster
New America Media  -  13 MAR 2010
   Editor’s Note: The Obama administration has embraced the concept of “clean coal” as one prong of a U.S. energy policy. But environmental activists say coal and the process for mining it can never be clean. Jeff Biggers, journalist and author of “Reckoning at Eagle Creek, The United States of Appalachia,” spoke to NAM environmental editor Ngoc Nguyen about his family’s history in coal country and why he thinks clean coal is a myth....
Memorial Service for former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Wilma Mankiller Scheduled for Saturday

The memorial service for former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller will be held at the  Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds at 11 a.m., Saturday April 10.

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Wilma Mankiller, Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Passes
Cherokee Nation  -  06 APR 2010
   Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, passed away this morning. Mankiller served 12 years in elective office at the Cherokee Nation, the first two as Deputy Principal Chief followed by 10 years as Principal Chief. She retired from public office in 1995. Among her many honors, Mankiller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.
   "Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller," said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "We feel overwhelmed and lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness. When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many trials and tribulations. Years ago, she and her husband Charlie
Soap showed the world what Cherokee people can do when given the chance, when they organized the self-help water line in the Bell community. She said Cherokees in that community learned that it was their choice, their lives, their community and their future. Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by teaching our children that lesson. Please keep Wilma’s family, especially her husband Charlie and her daughters, Gina and Felicia, in your prayers."
   Mankiller requested that any gifts in her honor be made as donations to One Fire Development Corporation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Native American communities though economic development, and to valuing the wisdom that exists within each of the diverse tribal communities around the world. Tax deductible donations can be made at as well as
   The mailing address for One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore, Houston, TX 77004.
   Her memorial service will be Saturday at 11a.m. at the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds in Tahlequah....
   Read more and view the Cherokee Nation's slide show tribute at the Cherokee Nation's Web site:
Highly successful people share the ability to remain optimistic in the face of lifes greatest challenges, Wilma Mankiller told Northeastern State University graduates during the institutions centennial commencement ceremonies May 16, 2009.
Council Still Mulling Peabody Royalty Agreement
Navajo Times  -  01 APR 2010
   WINDOW ROCK—The Navajo Nation Council will meet today, April 1, at 10 a.m. to discuss amendments to the leasing agreement between the tribe and Peabody Western Coal Co. for the Black Mesa mine complex.
   The amendments provide for a reopener to negotiate increases in the coal royalty rates and the royalty tax caps for each successive 10-year period.
   The coal royalty rates are 12.5 percent - the minimum established by Congress in 1977 under the Mineral Leasing Act - and 6.25 percent during the term of the leasing agreement, according to the resolution.
   The royalty tax caps are 20.4 percent and 14.25 percent during the term of the agreement....
E.P.A. to Limit Water Pollution From Mining
New York Times  -  01 APR 2010
  The Environmental Protection Agency issued tough new water quality guidelines on Thursday that could curtail some of the most contentious coal mining techniques used across Appalachia.
   In announcing the guidelines, Lisa P. Jackson, the agency’s administrator, cited evolving science on the effects of mountaintop removal mining, an aggressive form of coal extraction that uses explosives and vast machinery to tear off hilltops to expose coal seams, dumping the resulting rubble into streams and valleys below. The goal of the new rules, Ms. Jackson said, is to prevent “significant and irreversible damage” to Appalachian watersheds.
   "Let me be clear,” Ms. Jackson said during a phone call with reporters. “This is not about ending coal mining. This is about ending coal mining pollution.”...
Navajo Activists Win Victory, Open Coal Talks to Public
New America Media  -  23 MAR 2010
   When Navajo activist Anna Frazier heard the news last December, she immediately understood that the seemingly small act was a big deal.
   For the first time, the Navajo tribal government would open to the public its negotiations with Peabody Energy over its royalty rates for coal extracted at Black Mesa’s Kayenta mine. Instead of rubber-stamping another 10-year lease with Peabody, there would be open discussion of the lease agreement that brings millions of dollars to the Navajo Nation and earns many more millions for Peabody, the largest coal mining company in the world.
   Pressure from community members like Frazier induced the Navajo government to negotiate the lease in public. And that reflects a growing environmental activism among tribal members, who are asking more questions about Peabody and their nation’s reliance on coal. They also have stepped up their organizing. The proposed public hearings on the coal lease is the latest in a series of victories won by Navajo citizens over the last few years. It demonstrates a steady chipping away at the authority of their tribal government and greater participation by citizens as political decision-makers, especially on the contentious issue of transitioning away from a coal-based economy....
American Indian Religious Freedom Act and Amendments
SENAA International  -  23 MAR 2010
   This is a compilation of full text versions of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and its 1994 amendments.
SENAA's Position on Snowbowl's Snow Making Alternative
In response to Arizona Daily Sun's article, "Tribes: New Snowmaking Plan No Better" 
SENAA International  -  23 MAR 2010

   Whenever I'm back in Flagstaff, remind me to not drink the water!
   Cyndy Cole's article in the Arizona Daily Sun, "Tribes: New Snowmaking Plan No Better", is really an eye-opener to a heretofore hidden danger of visiting Flagstaff, Arizona. It's clear, now, that the water served at local restaurants and coming from the shower heads of the motel rooms are to be avoided by anyone who values his or her health--and it certainly isn't suitable for making artificial snow.
   Maybe the way things are done in the Southwest are different from the Southeast. In the Southeast, waste water is purified as much as possible, then released it into the nearest waterway. Nature finishes the job of purification. Chlorine kills fish, so it isn't used in "reclaimed" water that is going into local rivers. "Reclaimed" waste water is certainly not dumped into our potable water supply.
   The very notion that it is possible for "part" of an aquifer to be mixed with treated waste water, snowmelt, and rainfall, without affecting the rest of the aquifer, as the article suggests, is a ridiculous concept. Anyone who has had grade school science knows...

Tribes: New Snowmaking Plan No Better
Arizona Daily Sun  -  19 MAR 2010

   Some of the tribes that oppose Arizona Snowbowl's plans to make snow with reclaimed wastewater say the new proposal to use a slightly different Flagstaff water source is no better.
   Members speaking on behalf of the Hopi, Havasupai and Navajo tribes say U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts to pump groundwater downstream of the Rio de Flag wastewater treatment plant doesn't negate their concerns about making snow.
   How much that is the case varies by tribe.
   The city of Flagstaff considers the well water, pumped from a depth of 1,500 feet, to be drinkable with only minimal treatment. The water in that part of the aquifer is a combination of discharged treated wastewater, rainfall and snowmelt....

Ancient Culture Hidden away with Park Closure
Native American Times  -  08 MAR 2010
   PHOENIX (AP)—Take the interstate to Flagstaff, head east toward Albuquerque and drive until the snow disappears.
   A few miles east of Winslow, a road that once led to the ruins of an ancient Hopi civilization now dead-ends at a locked gate.
   “Due to budget reductions,” a sign reads, “park closed.”
   But  the  people  closing  down  Homolovi Ruins State Park  are expecting visitors and, by cell phone, say the gate is not yet locked and to come on in. Two miles down a bumpy road to the visitors
center, a man wearing thin gloves is packing pottery and petroglyphs into white-cardboard boxes....
Secret Snowbowl Talks Break Open
Arizona Daily Sun  -  09 MAR 2010
   A federal agency is pressing the city of Flagstaff to offer potable water for snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl that does not come directly from reclaimed wastewater.
   In addition, Snowbowl could get government aid to cover the $11 million in higher costs for the water over 20 winters.
   Arizona's two U.S. senators are blasting the plan as a waste of taxpayer money and a violation of court decisions in favor of making snow at Snowbowl with treated effluent....
Closing Coal Plant a Numbers Game 
Arizona Daily Sun  -  08 MAR 2010
   Members of several conservation groups opposed to coal mining have contributed to a report saying the owners of Navajo Generating Station in Page would be best off financially if they closed the coal plant.
   Figuring in financial costs for releasing greenhouse gases under some sort of federal limits (which don't exist today), and uncertain costs for coal supplies into the future, the authors conclude that Salt River Project could make perhaps $158 million by shutting Navajo and investing it in renewable energy instead....
The Myths of Native American Identity
High Country News  -  01 MAR 2010
   If Paul Chaat Smith ever needs another job—he's currently a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian—he would make an excellent stand-up comic. Unexpectedly, his latest book, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, is a funny and painful collection of essays about a deeply serious subject: the ways in which Indian stereotypes infiltrate culture, damaging Indians and Non-Indians alike.
   "We are reputed to be stoic," Smith writes, in regard to the myth of the strong, silent Indian, "but in reality it's hard to get us to shut up."...
Power (and financial) Struggle
High Country News  -  01 MAR 2010
   Despite running head-to-head with President Obama's State of the Union speech and a talk on campus by Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko, our Jan. 27 panel discussion on energy, activism and the role of the media on the Navajo and Hopi Nations drew more than 100 Tucsonians. "Power Struggle," co-hosted by the University of Arizona School of Journalism, focused on coal mining on Black Mesa and the prospects for green alternatives,
including wind and solar power, but it ranged broadly across issues of tribal sovereignty and identity.
   Navajo Times reporter and HCN board member Marley Shebala told the audience that outside journalists covering Indian country often fail to "think Indian" when covering issues on the reservations. As a result, she said, they often accept tribal government press releases at face value, even though those governments were set up by the federal government to rubberstamp corporate exploitation of tribal resources.... (Alternative Link)
Wilma Pearl Mankiller
Former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller
Diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer
Cherokee Nation  -  02 MAR 2010
   Charlie Soap regrets to announce his wife Wilma Mankiller has been diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Mankiller is an author, lecturer and former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller served 12 years in elected office at the Cherokee Nation, the first two as Deputy Principal Chief followed by 10 years as Principal Chief. She retired from public office in 1995. Among her many honors, Mankiller has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. Soap requests that the public respect the family’s privacy during this time.
In a brief statement, Mankiller said:
   "I decided to issue this statement because I want my family and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually prepared for this journey;  a  journey that all human beings will take at one time or another."...
Science Fiction Horror Story
No Greater Joy  -  March-April 2010
   Which word in the title is erroneous: Science—Fiction—Horror—Story?
   It’s the word fiction. The food you eat is no longer the food God made for the human body. Evolutionary scientists have irreversibly changed the DNA of plant, animal, and human cells. They are uncreating God’s creation, rendering staple foods unfit for human or animal consumption....
Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon:
Thousands of Claims Threaten Public Health & Sacred Lands

Peace, Earth & Justice News  -  24 FEB 2010
   Grand Canyon, AZ — In defiance of legal challenges and a  U.S. Government  moratorium,  Canadian company  Denison Mines  has started mining uranium on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Daily Sun the mine has been operating since December 2009.
   Denison plans on extracting 335 tons of uranium ore per day out of the “Arizona 1 Mine”, which is set to operate four days per week.  The hazardous ore will be hauled by truck more than 300 miles through towns and communities to the company’s White Mesa mill located near Blanding, Utah.
   After being pressured by environmental groups,  U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar  initially called for a two-year moratorium on new mining claims in a buffer zone of 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park,  but the moratorium doesn’t include existing claims such as  Denison’s.  The moratorium also doesn’t address mining claims outside of the buffer zone.
   The Grand Canyon  is  ancestral homeland  to the  Havasupai  and  Hualapai Nations.  Although  both Indigenous Nations  have  banned  uranium mining  on their  reservations  the  U.S. Forest  Service  and Bureau of Land Management may permit thousands of mining claims on surrounding lands....
EPA Seeks Input on Black Mesa Mine Wastewater Permit
EPA  -  18 FEB 2010
   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold public hearings on Feb. 23 and 24 to allow additional public participation and comment on the proposed wastewater permit renewal for the Peabody Western Coal Company Black Mesa / Kayenta Complex.
   Both hearings will be held from 6-9 p.m. On Feb. 23 the hearings will be held in Kayenta, Ariz., at the Kayenta Chapter House on Highway 163 and on Feb. 24 in Kykotsmovi at the Veterans Memorial Center....
ASK ELOUISE  -  16 FEB2010
   Dear Indian Country
As many of you know, on December 7, 2009, we signed a settlement agreement with the government which marked the first step toward resolving the long running Cobell class action lawsuit. Since that time, I’ve been asked hundreds of questions about the case and the settlement agreement. I can’t answer every question in one letter, but I am committed to writing an open Ask Elouise letter every week answering many of your important questions....
Third Weather-related Death Reported on Navajo Nation
Farmington Daily Times  -  02 FEB 2010
   CRYSTAL — An 88-year-old woman was found dead near the Crystal Chapter on the Navajo Nation last Wednesday, police reported.
   The woman, whose name was not released, was found in the middle of the road about seven miles north of Crystal.
   "Out of respect for the family, we're not releasing the name," said Selena Manychildren, spokeswoman for the Navajo Nation Emergency Operation Center.
   The Chinle Police District of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety reports that the woman insisted on visiting her sister at 4 a.m., and when her vehicle got stuck in the mud, she continued on foot. A road-grader operator discovered the woman's body about 25 yards from her vehicle....
Hopi, Navajo Reservations Still Cut off by Storms
The Arizona Republic  -  01 FEB 2010

   KYKOTSMOVI VILLAGE — Spectacular mesas dominate the skyline in this northeastern Arizona wonderland, but these days people are looking beyond the rock formations for something much more important: helicopters.
Military choppers have been hauling crucial food, water, coal and wood to rural residents isolated by one of the nastiest winter storms in the state's history. An estimated $1.4 million had been spent on the relief operation as of late last week.

   More than 22,000 meals have been distributed to stranded storm victims, along with nearly 27,000 gallons of water, 2,500 blankets from the Red Cross and 125 cots. The rescue effort covers some 20,000 square miles across the Navajo and Hopi reservations, much of it covered by 5-foot to 8-foot snowdrifts that make road travel impossible....

Arizonans Dig out from Massive Snowstorm
CNN  -  28 JAN 2010
   A bulldozer operator driving along a quiet, snow-covered road inside the Navajo Nation territory in northeast Arizona in recent days saw an unexpected pathway on a hill.
   He soon discovered a mother and her two children making their way toward him, after struggling for nearly a mile through deep snow that had trapped them inside their home for at least two days.
   The driver gave them food and water and called for help. The trio was picked up by a rescue helicopter, said Eric Neitzel with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management....
More Snow for Flag as Rez Digs Out
Arizona Daily Sun  -  27 JAN 2010
   Flagstaff could see another 3 to 7 inches of snow from storm starting today and ending Thursday.
   There is a chance for greater snowfall—perhaps 8 inches—southeast of Flagstaff.
   The National Weather Service in Bellemont is warning this could "exacerbate problems with heavy snow loading" for flat or slightly sloping roofs that have not been cleared from last week's snow....
BREAKING - Operation "Winter Storm"; Navajo Nation Receiving
Much Needed Aid after Crippling Winter Storm

WMICentral  -  24 JAN 2010
   The AZ All-Risk Incident Management Team is prepping to coordinate one of the largest humanitarian missions in Arizona.
   The team will be delivering medicine, food, fuel and hay to the remote people on Navajo & Hopi lands that are isolated by unprecedented amounts of snow. The team will be mobilizing out of Holbrook and Winslow beginning today.
   There are approximately 150,000 people affected by the winter weather conditions across Arizona....
Susan Boyle - Wild Horses
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Jana Mashonee ft. Derek Miller - A Change Is Gonna Come

 "The Enlightened Time" - Artist Jana Mashonee 
From the album American Indian Story


   This is artist Jana Mashonee's first music video, filmed amid the beautiful landscape of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the Arizona-Utah border.
   Through a superb combination of dazzling visual effects and a blend of contemporary and traditional music that speaks to the soul, she portrays a young Native woman on her journey of discovery of her people's tradition, of their spirituality, of self, and of the power that they hold. More importantly, she discovers that only by embracing her Native heritage–and herself–is she truly liberated.  
Al Swilling, Founder, SENAA International

Jana's music video, "The Enlightened Time," won Best Music Video award at Queens International, Buffalo Niagara, and Accolades Film Festivals in 2007 and 2008.
 — >Info>Hot Sheet

   SENAA International sends a big "Congratulations" to Blackfire for their win at the Native American Music Awards' 10th annual celebration on Saturday night, 04 October.
   Congratulations on your NAMA award. You certainly earned it.
   Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to raise public awareness of the racist forced relocations, and the human rights and Civil Rights violations against Indigenous Americans in this "enlightened" 21st century.
   For details about Blackfire and the other NAMA award winners, visit Brenda Norrell's Censored News
Also visit Blackfire's Web site at

    Watch Videos of Blackfire Interviews and Performances


Problems Plague 'Extreme Makeover' House
The Navajo Times - Cindy Yurth - 03 JAN 2009
Originally Published 25 SEP 2008
   PIÑON, AZ—There is reality TV, and then there is reality.  The difference is, reality keeps going after the cameras stop rolling.
   The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" episode featuring the Georgia Yazzie family of Piñon ended happily.
   The family oohed and aahed as they were led through their new hogan-style home, and rejoiced at the thought of never having to pay another electric bill, thanks to the home's solar collectors and wind generator.
   But even as the show aired last October [2007], five months after the home was completed, reality was seeping through the cracks....
Help the Yazzie Family Realize the Dream They Were Promised 
SENAA International  -  20 JAN 2009
   PIÑON, AZ—On the second day of January, a SENAA International member posted to our discussion group an article from The Navajo Times dated 25 September 2008, titled "Problems Plague 'Extreme Makeover' House," by Cindy Yurth.
Extreme Fakeover: Home Perdition?
   The article is about Dineh Georgia Yazzie and her family, who live at Piñon, Arizona. The family was the recipient of a new house built by the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" TV program that airs on ABC network, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company. The house was built in May 2007, and the program aired on 28 October 2007.
   The article tells of a host of problems with the new house that began to show up even before the program aired, and the non-response of the show's producers and the network, even though the house was under a one-year warranty....


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SENAA Members Are Doing Their Bit to Help NAMA Help Haiti's
Children and Orphans, and Indigenous Americans in Need

SENAA International  -  06 FEB 2010
   When tragedy strikes an area and devastates it to the extent that Haiti was devastated by the recent earthquake, leaving an estimated 200,000 dead, 2 million homeless, and thousands of orphaned, injured, and displaced children in its wake, the questions come to the mind of every parent who hears about it, "What if it were my children left in those conditions? Would someone be there for them? Would someone help them? If I survived but was unable to care for my children, would someone somewhere be willing to help them get the care that I could not provide? Would there be anyone to protect them and heal their wounds? Would someone keep them safe from those who would do them harm?"
   In answer to those questions, our hearts open and ache; and we reach out to help the children. We do it for the children, but we also do it in honor of the parents who have died or who are unable to care for their children. We do it because it's what we hope others would do for our children and for us if we were the victims of such a tragedy....

Why Google Buzz Confirmed Our Two Worst Fears about Google
by Jason Hiner, TechRepublic - 22 FEB 2010
   Google is not accustomed to being mistrusted by users and flogged by the tech press, but that’s exactly what’s happened to the search engine giant in recent weeks since the release of its new Google Buzz social media product.
   Companies like Microsoft, and to a lesser extent Apple, are used to releasing new products and seeing them publicly attacked and belittled. Those two companies are typically patient enough to take feedback, integrate it into the product cycle, and then wait for users to get on board.
   Google, on the other hand, has been something of a golden child in the tech world in the past decade. Its search engine has become the default home page of the Internet, and the company’s focus on engineering over profits has endeared it to users around the world.
   However, as I suggested in my article How Google became the George Washington of the Internet, Google’s joy ride with users could be coming to end. In fact, it may have officially happened with the introduction of Google Buzz. We could look back at this product launch as the turning point of Google losing its innocence....
and What to Do About Them

SENAA International  -  16 FEB 2010
The computing public is becoming increasingly aware of the existence of Local Shared Objects (LSOs), also called "Flash cookies" or "Persistent Identification Elements" (PIEs), the dangers they pose, and the unethical ways that they are placed on our machines. LSOs are the busybodies of  the   Internet,   sticking  their  noses  in   your   personal business  at every opportunity  without  your  knowledge  or consent; and like most busybodies, they're being found out.
   With growing public awareness of LSOs comes a growing demand for effective, real time control of them. Most LSO management solutions offer management or deletion of LSOs after potentially malicious ones have had time to do their damage. Stand-alone LSO management utilities do not offer real time protection, either. This tutorial provides real-time management of LSOs....
The Truth About "Clean Coal Technology"
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Challenge Our Leaders Regarding "Clean Coal Technology"
SENAA International  -  25 JAN 2009
We need to send a message to our leaders, to the media, and to corporate America that, as it now stands, there is no such thing as "clean coal technology," and that before the use of coal can even be considered as a clean source of energy, much more research, development, and work must be done.
   Simply "talking the talk" doesn't change the facts of the matter. Before anyone can herald the existence of "clean coal technology," it must first be developed; and a small-scale, working model must be built to demonstrate its efficiency and cleanliness.
   Measurements of the amount of energy yielded per ton of coal by "clean" methods, and realistic rather than speculative comparisons to the energy yield of present-day "dirty" methods of burning coal must be made. The comparisons must be demonstrated and recorded. The amount and nature of pollutants and potentially harmful, cumulative emissions must be measured and recorded over a realistic test period. Effects of such emissions on the environment, on human health, and on the health of wildlife must be assessed and addressed before any entity can go forward with any coal technology that claims to be "clean."...
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