Navajo vs. US... do we really believe in human rights?

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uglyradish
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It is sad when the US Courts cannot be convinced to do the right thing. Although one out of three judges wrote a very strong dissent the court still ruled 2 to 1 in favor of following the Nuclear Regulartory Commissions ruling allowing Uranium mining to procede on the Eastern Navajo Dine land. So, the Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) will be filing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. http://nmenvirolaw.org/images/pdf/May_16_Press_Conference.pdf

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micahjr34
I find it sad how the life

I find it sad how the life and land was taken away from the native Americans.  I find this sad because this type of mining will eventually hurt the people who live near there in one way or another.   Hold your head high,  I would say to them.

Hayduke Lives
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"Nice" to see the US policy

"Nice" to see the US policy toward indigenous people hasn't changed in the past 400 years. And the US Supreme Court is displaying the same consistency: profits before people! A human life is not worth much to a mining company. Sad, indeed!

 

D_NATURED
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In fairness to the US

In fairness to the US government, I'm sure that they, had they known a valuable element existed on proposed indian land, would have just driven the indians into the Pacific ocean to drown.They thought the desert would do the trick, but those pesky red-skins refuse to succumb to genocide.

Maybe when their last piece of land is too polluted to occupy, we can finally declare victory over the savages.

 

Choco
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I'm fairly positive this

I'm fairly positive this uranium will end up in one of GE's nuclear reactors. After most of the energy is spent from this ore, the toxic nuclear waste will be made into depleted uranium tipped bullets destined for the Middle East. GE Rotary Cannons will spray all sorts of hovels and hand carts killing many and leaving a toxic dust field that causes horrible birth defects. At least the Navajos are not suffering the irony of being shot at by depleted uranium tipped bullets mined from their own reservations . . . at least not yet.

nimblecivet
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http://www.earthrights.org/bl

http://www.earthrights.org/blog/when-prior-consultation-impossible-peoples-living-voluntary-isolation

Even progressive governments like Brazil's are evicting indigenous peoples in the name of development and exploitation of natural resources. Not only is this not justified but in the case of the Dineh especially egregious in that the US has had such a crappy energy policy for so long. We also have to be careful about how we approach solar development in the Southwest region in regard to indigenous people and environmental impact.

.ren
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Most of us are these

Most of us are these conquered peoples.  Our traditions, our languages have been stolen, and we are colonized by a technology and its social methodologies that together are ultimately destructive to human life.  It's time to awaken.  Should have happened several centuries ago; should have happened several decades ago; should have happened now -- that's what the impoverished remnants, if there are any, will be saying in a few years.

Kerry
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Hear hear, ren.  Hear

Hear hear, ren.  Hear hear....

D_NATURED
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.ren wrote: Most of us are

.ren wrote:

Most of us are these conquered peoples.  Our traditions, our languages have been stolen, and we are colonized by a technology and its social methodologies that together are ultimately destructive to human life.  It's time to awaken.  Should have happened several centuries ago; should have happened several decades ago; should have happened now -- that's what the impoverished remnants, if there are any, will be saying in a few years.

Every generation declares shame upon itself for the past but only changes the future when they are forced to. You're right though, that much of what we've done to "them" we've done to ourselves as well. There is no "us", except as a war chant.

polycarp2
"Only when you have poisoned

"Only when you have poisoned the last stream, eaten the last fish and cut down the last tree will you understand that you can't eat your money", - Cree prophesy

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"