A video slideshow with audio from a live radio interview. This presentation attempts to tell about events of late October 2014 when traditional Dineh (Navajos) daily life was interrupted by aggressive police invasion. Elder sheepherders were having breakfast in the early mornings when nearly 30 federal Indian police personnel blocked entrance roads, surrounded their homes, and pulled up stock trailers next to the sheep corrals as heavily armed police stood guard around the sheep corral. When the elder sheepherders and their family were allowed to exit their home, the corral was empty of the herd, their bank account. These traditional Dineh were traumatized once again in the name of coal mining and America's hunger for electricity.
“We are a people of the land. We grow our own food, raise our own livestock, and tend to the area around us. In order to do this we have to have the basics of food, water, and shelter. Due to certain laws, water, food, and shelter have all been restricted to us. It started in 1974 with the federal relocation policy--known as Public Law 93-531--which has forced thousands of Dine' (Navajo) people from their ancestral land. This was the beginning and has not stopped.
During the impoundment of elder Caroline Tohannie’s sheep, she was made to sign a document identifying herself as a trespasser. Caroline will have to go to court to face the charges. If found guilty of trespassing at her own home, Caroline was told she will be given a 90 day notice for eviction. This is what the Director of the Hopi Tribe’s Natural Resources Department, Clayton Honyumptewa had to say about the impoundments and trespassing charge:
Dineh (Navajo) Matriarch and Elder is from Star Mountain Arizona. (In Dineh with English Subtitles). She sends this message in a call for support and assistance as these traditional land-based Dineh make Their Final Stand against coal mining, climate change and colonization.
With great sadness and much respect for a powerful life, we share that Elder Matriarch relocation resistor, Ida Mae Clinton, of Star Mountain, has passed on to the spirit world. With the permission of her family, we share this video--made by NaBahe Katenay Keedihiihii this spring--in memory of Ida Mae's life. Her family sends appreciation to all who have come out to support Ida Mae over the years. May she rest in power. If you can, honor her and her legacy by donating to this fund set up to cover funeral costs. The family is trying to raise several thousand more dollars by November 21st. http://www.gofundme.com/idaclinton "
"Shear's research looked at state history standards available in the 2011-2012 school year. She found that nearly 87 percent of state history standards failed to cover Native American history in a post-1900 context, and that 27 states did not specifically name any individual Native Americans in their standards at all." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/native-american-history-in-school_n_6227134.html
from CENSORED NEWS