Dine' Water Rights!
07 November 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
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
"First of all, I want to thank
all the people who planned, coordinated, marched, and provided
support for our people's water rights. I also want to thank the
many supporters who couldn't make it for lack of time, gas
money, and other valid reasons. We completely understand.
"This truly was a grassroots
movement of individuals and coalitions, uniting for a common
cause–the water rights of our children and future generations.
"I also want to give a heartfelt
thank you to the twenty-four delegates who stood their ground
despite the odds, which was very, very evident yesterday at the
council chamber. We will need them in our fight ahead.
"Finally, I want everyone to know
this is absolutely not the end. There are other options we must
pursue to try and stop this settlement. The Nation Nation is a
three-branch government, and the legislative council is only a
third of the triangle. We now need to concentrate all our
efforts on the executive office and the courts.
"There is also the new council of
twenty-four, that I understand can recall this legislation,
particularly if new persuasive evidence is presented.
"My hope also is the new
President and VP will open speak against the settlement in
support of the 24. Everyone, hold your heads high. We were
admirable, and no one can take that away from us. Thank you."
Statement by Navajo Nation
Council Delegate Hope Macdonald Lonetree
"I am saddened by the passage of
this legislation. I read the document and have had numerous
concerns about certain language and terms of the Agreement.
"It is wrong to connect the need
for waterlines with any irreversible waiver of our water rights.
There is no funding for these proposed pipelines, yet we just
agreed to give away our water to all the coyotes who have been
stealing it from our people and Nation for years.
"As far as I'm concerned all the
waters that flow off and within the Four Sacred Mountains is
ours. We should never shortchange our future generations by
leaving them no tools for survival. I further disagree with
approving an agreement that will change after it leaves our
chambers to conform to AZ State Legislation and then again to
conform to Congressional legislation. I thank the 23 other
delegates who voted no on a document that was written by and for
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