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