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Diné Grandmothers’ Resistance Gains Strength

swaneagle adn daughter Grandma Lucy Willie

swaneagle and her daughter, left; Resisters blockade site of power plant on Navajo land, center; Grandma Lucy Willie, referred to in update below, right

From swaneagle:

Blessings All

No War Anywhere Ever Again is my daily prayer.  May 2007 see a new turn among all of humanity.

Please do what is possible to spread the word about the ongoing stand being taken by Dineh grandmothers and their supporters against another acquifer draining and global warming propellant coal fired power plant in the southwest.

My heart cries for the silencing such Indigenous women face in this country that sees atrocity only as important elsewhere. We have a sacred duty to stop genocide here. Over 500 years is enough!!!

Love, swaneagle

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Dec 22 – As energy corporations closed in on Navajo territory, a cluster of elderly women and other locals rushed to greet them ˜ planting themselves in defiance on the ground they hold as sacred.

The Navajo elders, joined by native-rights activists and other supporters, formed a blockade last week in Burnham, New Mexico at the site of the Desert Rock Energy Project, a proposed coal-fired power plant. The self-described “resisters” say that in a land already ravaged by fossil-fuel industries, another power plant will make their environment dirtier and their communities more powerless against industrial interests.

“We have to have respect for the Earth; we have to have respect for every living thing…. Our people know that and understand that,” said Ann Frazier with Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment (CARE). “Diné” is the traditional word Navajo use to describe their people.

Frazier continued, “So for these big companies to come in and do this, and our tribal leaders allowing them to do that, is against the belief of the people.”

Link

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment (CARE)

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “Diné Grandmothers’ Resistance Gains Strength

  1. Wow, I so totally admire Native women. They are right of course. The promise of jobs always seduces. They don’t materialize or if they do they completely destroy the connection to the earth. I’m in the middle of Lee Maracle’s Sojourners and Sundogs. She has this devasting story called “Bertha” about how the canneries here in BC co-opted the natives. What Bertha lost and the connection to the younger generation destroyed. And here too now; a mining company wanting to destroy a lake for their profit. Scream, scream scream. Who hears the women who know what shit this is?

    Posted by rhondda | January 2, 2007, 9:58 pm
  2. Huh, just read your post, rhondda– that’s what happens when there’s so much posting going on. Scream is right. You do not drain the fucking aquifers in the Southwest! And then install a propellant coal-fired power plant. On the blog linked below, there’s a slogan:

    HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR FRIED-BREAD?
    Warm and fresh with a hint of cedar or
    Dry and dark covered in ash and mercury??

    Dooda Desert Rock Committee Member, HK DIXON

    Here is an update I just received:

    *****

    from: Begaye
    The below update was sent out a couple days ago… -enei

    DOODA DESERT ROCK VIGIL UPDATE
    December 31, 2006

    The resistance Camp is still running strong. It is now being called a Vigil. IEN was able to send in a technical dude with a bus that has set-up a low-watt radio system and is now web-casting/streaming through the web. The camp is now radio broadcasting to the surrounding communities, and getting 35 mile coverage. They are broadcasting information about the proposed coal-fired power plant from sunrise to sunset. The energy is provided by solar, with limited battery storage at this time. Communicating as an organizing tool out to the remote areas of the Navajo reservation is a priority.

    People throughout the world can tune into the broadcasts and web casts by going to http://www.earthcycles.net

    The resisters and supporters spent Christmas huddled around a campfire. Since the police and rangers came into the Camp last week (the 21st) they have kept some tribal police there. The Camp is constantly being watched 24 hours/day. It has been pretty quiet this week. There has been a steady stream of support people coming and going. The Dine’ people that are resisting this proposed coal-fired power plant NEED YOUR SUPPORT! They are inviting supporters to come to the Vigil to stand with them. A Fire has been burning day and night, with many Prayer Ceremonies taking place. The Resisters have vowed to be at the Camp for the long-haul.

    The DOODA Desert Rock Committee members are preparing for Court on January 3rd. This is related to the injunction filed against them. A lawyer has been retained and doing a good job. Dine’ Power Authority (DPA) and Sithe Global Power, LLC sought the injunction and have their attorneys all lined up. We are calling Sithe Global Power, the “SITHE LORDS” (Star Wars – Dark Force peeps).

    Since the police came in on December 21st and moved the Camp, there has been constant activity across the way with semi-trucks and other company vehicles getting ready to do drilling for water testing and road building crews. The police are reported to play with their night vision stuff at night. The Camp now has a dog and there have been no attempts lately by the police to enter the Camp at night snooping around.

    Last Friday, Grandma Lucy Willie butchered a sheep and the youth supporters learned the techniques of meat cutting and learned of the various dishes that mutton can make. Lucy walked around proudly because it was a time to build bridges between the young and the old. She taught the younger ones the importance of the fight for the traditional ways of the Dine’ to protect Mother Earth. They now know what it means to be part of the land; not only as an individual but as a community protecting what is sacred and what is rightfully theirs.

    During the past week, the Navajo Nation Communications Office of the President has been waging a media-campaign to discredit the Dooda Desert Rock Committee and its supporters. The stakes are high. The Resisters are dealing with an energy development that has big bucks and the big boys behind it.

    More information about what is going on can be found on the

    http://www.desert-rock-blog.com

    A second site is being put together now, it will be at
    http://www.doodadesertrock.org

    ***

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | January 3, 2007, 8:51 pm

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