13 Mar 2006

Senator John McCain, FUCK YOU

It is with great alarm and concern that I have discovered that Senate Bill 1003 "The Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act Amendments of 2005" is now before Congress. This letter is written in support of traditional Navajo (known in their language as Dineh) who will be forcibly evicted and dispossessed of their homes under this bill. I support the right of these families, who are among the few remaining American Indians who still speak their traditional language and practice their traditional culture, to remain on their lands and strongly oppose Senate Bill 1003.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "estimates that enacting S. 1003 would have no significant effect on direct spending or revenues." In fact, the original Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974 forced 1000s of hardworking self-sustaining families into welfare dependency, despair and early death. This ill-conceived bill may actual force hardworking independent people into welfare dependency on the federal government and increase the cost to US taxpayers.The cost overruns and inadequate financing of the relocation program are not the fault of the Navajo and are entirely due to major miscalculations on the number of affected people and federal governmental incompetence. Adding insult to injury, the lands designated for relocation are contaminated by one of the worst uranium mine accidents in US history.

A Washington Post investigative article has uncovered massive fraud and collusion involving Peabody Coal company and a consortium of 23 Utility companies in the passage of the original relocation law, P.L. 93-531 that led to the forced relocation of over 15,000 Navajo in what experts call one of the "worst involuntary resettlements" worldwide in the modern era. To remove the remaining people based on amendments to this corrupt and fraudulent law is nothing less than environmental ethnic cleansing.

The Navajo tell us that it is no coincidence that the land from which the Navajo are being removed contains over $ 20 billion worth of coal. Jack Abramoff and his associates have been involved in lobbying for companies interested in the Navajo's land and we support the request of the Navajo families for an investigation into any activities regarding Jack Abramoff and Senate Bill 1003. This bill comes at a time while Peabody Energy is in the process of acquiring a life-of-mine lease in the Black Mesa area even though the Black Mesa Mine is temporarily shut down.

Therefore, we support the Navajo families in opposing Senate Bill 1003 and respectfully request

* That the Senate remove Senate Bill 1003 from consideration
* That the Congress pass a resolution opposing forced relocation of Native Americans
* That Congress help the communities already relocated rather than closing any federal offices that may be able to help them
* That Congress work directly with affected families and communities to resolve any land issues and listen to them, not just Jack Abramoff or other high paid lobbyists.

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This bill (Senate Bill 1003) will permanently displace the indigenous families of Big Mountain and surrounding communities on Black Mesa from their ancestral lands and will relieve
the federal government of any further responsibility for the relocated people. S.
1003, sponsored by Senator John McCain (Republikkkan-AZ), comes as Peabody Coal, the world's largest coal company, is planning to expand its strip mining of American Indian
lands, drawing down a high-quality residential aquifer in the process. Only one
thing stands in Peabody's way: indigenous people live on the land below which lies
billions of tons of low-sulfur coal. As with their ancestors, the land is the basis
for the Black Mesa people's traditions, spirituality, and livelihoods.

There is still time to act!

http://www.blackmesais.org/

blackmesais@democracyinaction.org

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