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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:10 PM
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More mud right at McCain: A Tragedy- GENOCIDE ! Right here in America !!

A long historical campaign of genocide against the Dineh-Navajo: implemented through Senator McCain's use of unethical laws and amendments (PL 93-531 and S.1003) made repeatedly into law by Senator John McCain, an indisputable matter of Congressional Record despite his denials on the subject. Mr. McCain and John Boyden, Esq. organized a phony puppet Hopi tribal council representing no one but Peabody Western Coal Companies mining interests in Arizona, so as to thwart the property rights of the Dineh-Navajo whose lands just happen to sit atop the richest Coal deposits in the US. Dishonest and unethical, these laws stripped away the Human Rights of the Dineh-Navajo, written by McCain and Peabody so that Peabody Western Coal Group could simply strip mine the Dineh's territories, after dumping them in teeming cities or off on a waste dump in New Mexico: Church's Rock. The Uranium contamination of the Church's site and Rio Puerco River is so intense, it is actually condemned by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. But in reprisal for the Navajo's refusal to leave the Black Mesa and Big Mountain in Arizona, to attempt to protect their lands, McCain became homicidal towards them, sending them to live on Uranium Tailings along a contaminated river, so that poisoning, intimidation and the shock of relocation, killed over 7000 of the Navajo Aboriginals in a very short period. Over 1/4 have died since 1999. Children are born with the highest birth defect rate in the US.

Stunning evidence of McCain's corruption and vicious abuse of the Dineh abounds. The man is considered "the Anti-Christ of the Black Mesa" by many.

Watch: VANISHING PRAYER - a Video Documentary in Two (2) Parts (.MPEG > Windows Media Player) Recommended - higher res:

VANISHING PRAYER - Media Player - Part 1 (Click here..> ;) | VANISHING PRAYER - Media Player - Part 2 (Click here..> ;).

Senator McCain has the deaths of these thousands of elder, aboriginal Indians of Arizona who passed away from the abuse and stripping away of their rights, relocation to tenements in cities and onto the Churchs Hill Uranium Waste Dump Superfund site in Nevada on his conscience (what conscience? Does this man possess such a thing?) Senator McCain and his cronies are guilty of eviscerating the Dineh's religious beliefs, that the Land is sacred, stripping away their human rights (that they have the right to live on their own Reservation in Peace) and property rights (that they possess their reservation). And you wondered why the rest of the world often accuses America of engaging in Terrorism? We have Senator McCain and his cronies to thank for that! Saddam McCain rides the Black Mesa!

Madam Roberta Blackgoat UPDATE: Strong LEGAL INTERVENTION by the Board of Directors of the American Computer Science Association (ACSA) in 2004 and 2005 with the California and Nevada Public Utilities Commissions (which control the Mohave Generating Station and related Navajo Generating System) by threatening legal prosecution of two state governors and PUC commissioners for violation of Environmental Laws prohibiting such pipelines, and the Environmental Justice division of Sierra Club and other groups engaging in related activities, has temporarily forced closure on the Mohave Generating Station as of early 2006, likely to reopen in 2010 despite the fact that building a moderate sized Solar Plant on the Mohave site would create the same power output without necessitating the mining of Dineh lands and polluting the land to move in and burn the coal. However, despite this legal pressure having halted the Slurry Pipe pulling water and coal off the native lands for the time being, with McCain's support- Peabody Group continues to attempt to reopen and/or expand mining operations along the Dineh's Black Mesa and Big Mountain, the objective being to allow trucking and rail transport of coal stolen from the Dineh to more distant plants...

They are also attempting to block the return of the Dineh to their homes, based on S.1003 (presently in the House Resources Committee) amendments introduced by Senator McCain to expand the false Hopi Tribe's territories to add additional coal and water bearing lands for Peabody to mine. Constant confrontation has not removed the Uranium contamination from Church's Hill, due to strong opposition by the Senate Energy Committee and Senator McCain's staff attorneys. Church's is where Senator McCain forced the Dineh to move on to. The man clearly has no shame where his legislative behavior crosses the line into personal gain and conflict of interest. His wife's beer distribution business took huge contracts from Nevada gaming interests, and Mr. McCain received huge street name donations, vast donations from Peabody, Bechtel and the Casinos, according to Common Cause and to the records of the Federal Election Committee. This is a case of blatant public corruption and vicious and cruel abuse of a gentle people.

Much much more including video at link.

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:11 PM
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1. k&r
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:58 PM
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7. Do you agree with the word genocide being used here?
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 03:35 AM
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13. UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
"The forcible relocation of over 10,000 Navajo people is a tragedy of genocide and injustice that will be a blot on the conscience of this country for many generations."

-- Leon Berger, Executive Director, Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation Commission upon resignation.

"I feel that in relocating these elderly people, we are as bad as the Nazis that ran the concentration camps in World War II."

-- Roger Lewis, federally appointed Relocation Commissioner upon resignation

"I believe that the forced relocation of Navajo and Hopi people that followed from the passage in 1974 of Public Law 93-531 is a major violation of these people's human rights. Indeed this forced relocation of over 12,000 Native Americans is one of the worst cases of involuntary community resettlement that I have studied throughout the world over the past 40 years."

-- Thayer Scudder, Professor of Anthropology, California Institute of Technology in a letter to Mr. Abdelfattah Amor, UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 08:38 AM
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19. fits the definition, the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national or racial group
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 01:10 PM
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23. In a word. Yes.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:12 PM
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2. k & r
thank you for this. bookmarking it so that I can read it more thoroughly.
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:14 PM
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3. Genocide puts McCain on footing with the most committed
conservatives. Thanks for posting this tragic and eye-opening information. K&R! :kick:
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:15 PM
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4. K & R
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:19 PM
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5. O' Steve, you ARE priceless!
Absolutely one of the all time most constructive members of the Democratic Underground (and I have been hanging around here for several years).

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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 05:54 PM
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10. All I did was click a google link

But I'm sure spreading the link around with everybody I know. :-)

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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:55 PM
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6. Oh, my gosh
I have a special place in my heart for the Dineh.

May they receive justice SWIFTLY :mad:
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 01:59 PM
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8. I reported on this months ago kick nominated
McCain is a MODERATE........ Said President Bill Clinton Today!
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Rainbowreflect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 02:00 PM
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9. K&R
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:55 AM
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11. Yes. Much more here:
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:58 AM
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There's your bumper sticker!
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 03:53 AM
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14. "A Modern American Tragedy" in Navajo land
Navajo gets commitment on uranium contamination

By Kathy Helms October 25, 2007
Din Bureau

WINDOW ROCK Representatives of the Navajo Nation received a bipartisan commitment Tuesday from members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to address a modern American tragedy resulting from decades of uranium mining activities foisted on an uninformed Navajo public by the U.S. government.

(Waxman) Mr. Etsitty brought in some dirt that he showed was very radioactive, and as I understand, Mr. Etsitty, that is not the most radioactive part of the dirt that is on your property. Is that correct?

That is correct, Etsitty said. There are many other samples and places from where this sample came from that are much higher. But for the demonstration that we did here this morning, we had to abide by shipping constraints and also safety overall.

What I demonstrated was exposure, and what we had here was very limited exposure and the levels that we picked up on the particular sample were high, but not putting us here in this room immediately at risk. But if members were to consider the level that people are being exposed to over decades, it does amass to a grave public health concern, he said.

Exposure to yellowcake:

Waxman said the committee had to go through extraordinary efforts to allow Etsitty to bring the sample into the hearing. The Capitol police were very concerned about it. We had a lot of people that were very concerned that we should even bring that small little sample into the room. And yet, we should realize that this is the kind of radioactive dirt that the Navajo people are being exposed to every day, he said.

The second point I want to make, Mr. Harrison, is that the idea that we would have blended water water contaminated with uranium, that is radioactive, and then blended with noncontaminated water I dont think anybody in this Capitol would drink it. And yet were asking people in the Navajo Nation to drink this water. The federal government is giving its OK to this.


Waxman: If were not willing in this Congress to be exposed to the dirt and the water that youre exposed to every single day, then I dont think we ought to ask you to be exposed to it either. And I think thats a telling point for how people here in Washington think its maybe different for you. Why they should think its different for you and they wouldnt want it for themselves, underscores the neglect that we have given to this very serious problem, he said.

Let me say to all of you ... youve given us very powerful testimony and all of us here feel empathy with you and your families and people we havent even met that we know have suffered. I have to say that I feel enormous shame that the federal government has treated the Navajo Nation as poorly as it has.

Waxman asked whether United Nuclear Corp. cleaned up the Northeast Churchrock Mine when it left, and was told by Larry King of Churchrock, They never cleaned it up. Everything is still there.

He asked Edith Hood of Churchrock about the 50- to 60-feet-high waste piles that stand about 1,000 feet from her door and near the homes of eight other families in the vicinity. Do children sometimes play in that pile? he asked. She responded, Yes, they do.

Have you seen any impact on any of the livestock, the lambs, or any of the other animals? he asked.

Yes. We have lambs that did not have wool hair but they died within days. We have butchered sheep, the fat was yellow, which is not normal, she said.


Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., told the Navajo delegation, I have sat through a lot of hearings that made me sad and angry. But Im not sure that any hearing has shocked me as much as this one."

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., remarked, You have all suffered greatly, and in my opinion, needlessly, for corporate greed and for our nations weapons program, and I am personally embarrassed at the lack of concern for all of the Navajo people who lived, and continue to live. Those who are passed, I offer my condolences to your families for your loss. As you have pointed out, the Navajo have stood valiantly by the United States at their time of need, and as an American, I thank you for that.

I cant go back and change the past. Im here today to do what I can to make a better future for our children and for our planet. So Im going to ask you, and I would like for you to be specific as possible ... what you think the federal government needs to be doing. Flying overhead in helicopters and taking photographs and doing very cursory studies of where there may or may not be uranium waste is not my idea of doing a full-scale cleanup, she said.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said he agreed with Yarmuths comments. Certainly on this committee weve heard some pretty bad things but nothing quite so bad, quite so arrogant, quite so thoughtless, quite so consequential as what has happened on your land he said.

He questioned Etsitty about the status of abandoned mine cleanup. The EPA admits to 520 mines and the Navajo Nation, depending on how, I guess, we define a mine, says it could be up to 1,200, Welch said.


The first step in cleaning up the mines is doing an environmental site assessment. Mr. Etsitty, the U.S. EPA has done a site assessment at one mine the Northeast Churchrock Mine, is that right? Welch asked.

That is correct, Etsitty said.

After many decades, ONE of potentially 1,200 uraniun mines on Navajo land has been "assessed" for cleanup over a period of ten years. ONE.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 04:11 AM
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15. Here are two friends of mine:
(McCain has been on the Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee since 1987, and Chairman 1995-1997 and 2005-2007.)

This is Libby:

Her husband was a well-known medicine-man. He went to work in the uranium mines for a time, and died of uranium poisoning. The government acknowledges that she is due compensation for his uranium death, but have managed to keep it tied up in red tape for over 35 years. She would like to have the money only to drill a community well for her village so that the people wouldn't have to drive every day to get clean water at the trading post to haul for their small sheep flocks. Her entire village on 'Moonlight Creek' has no potable water at all anymore, due to uranium pollution.

She is 95 now, and will probably die before she gets the money to pay for a well for her small community.

I know many of her neighbors who have been displaced from their traditional family homes due to contamination.

This is Sally:

She lives on top of a remote high mesa, where she was born and has lived all her life. She cares for her daughter who is blind due to uranium. She also cares for a young adult man who is deformed and retarded from birth from uranium. His mother is dead.

Though Sally and her parents used to have good water available, the water is poison now, and Sally's grandsons drive every single day an hour and a half each way over steep winding dirt roads to bring a tank of water in the bed of their pickup truck to water her small sheep flock and vegetables (that's how she feeds the young man, her daughter and herself). Gas prices on their limited income is very hard for the grandsons.

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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 04:23 AM
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16. It wasn't just Dineh...
...others were impacted negatively by all of this as well.

Your references toward the Hopi would seem to indicate some animus toward them possibly gathered by the use of Dineh sources only. There is a centuries' old feud between the tribes that can taint things.

The truth of the matter is the Hopi have been hurt by Americans, too. Don't forget, all tribes of humans have selfish bureaucrats who willingly exploit their own for personal gain.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 04:39 AM
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17. The Hopi were very much harmed by the coal mining interests and
the divisions exacerbated between Hopi and Navajo.

The idea of "centuries old feud" is not entirely correct. They are entirely different peoples, but have coexisted and been important and friendly trading partners. The Navajo tend to be sheep herders more than Hopi, and Hopi grow some agricultural items that the Navajo don't as much. There is a long tradition continuing today to trade these products with one another.
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 01:08 PM
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22. The Hopi are the likely descendants of the Anasazi...
...who migrated northward from Mexico and used some very strong and lethal methods to survive amidst the people they displaced.

There is evidence of friction between both of these groups going back long before America claimed that land.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:04 PM
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24. Of course there has been friction.
Nobody knows for sure what happened to the Anasazi. Or many other tribes around the area, such as the Sinagua. There is speculation of them having joined various other tribes in the area, there are many. I have never heard it phrased that "Hopi are likely descendants of Anasazi", at least from a legitimate source rather than convenient amateur or local folk story. It just is not known at this time if all or nearly all died of drought, disease, etc., or if they may have migrated east due to these problems or if a relatively sizeable portion melded into other tribes, or what tribe(s).
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 10:48 PM
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25. Check out "Lies Across America" by James W. Loewen**nm
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 05:18 AM
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18. McCain has screwed the Navajo, the Hopi AND the Apache in his own state
He has screwed the Hopi and Navajo for coal, screwed the Navajo over uranium, and screwed the Apache for copper mines. He has been on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs since 1987 and chairman twice. GOP fox guards the henhouse.

Renzi and McCain trample Apache sites
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Filed Under: Opinion

"The year 2007 brought a lot of pride to our Apache people. I was especially proud to see our neighboring White Mountain Apache and San Carlos Apache Tribal Council members opposing the proposed Resolution Copper Mine. They called it a display of profound disrespect for a cherished feature of the Apache's original homeland as well as a serious violation of our Apache traditional, historical and religious beliefs.

Besides destruction of sacred sites, springs and watercourses, the mine would obliterate Apache Leap Cliff where 77 Apache freedom fighters were forced to their death by the U.S. Cavalry in the 19th Century.

This congressional land swap legislation which was first introduced by U.S. Congressman, a Republican in the Congressional District No. 1, Rick Renzi and U.S. Presidential Candidate hopeful for the Republican Party, John McCain, would enable the mine to bypass U.S. environmental and Native American cultural protection laws.

One glance at the website shows both Renzi and McCain have horrendous human rights records against indigenous peoples worldwide, not to mention massive environmental pollution records.

Rep. Rick Renzi, republican, McCain's campaign co-chair in Arizona was indicted on 35 counts of extortion, embezzlement, money-laundering and other crimes. (MY filthy, murdering congressman and MY filthy murdering senator)
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 09:54 AM
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20. Exactly correct
The debate about genocide in Iraq misses the point that it's going on right here at home.
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caseycoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 01:02 PM
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21. K&R This is sickening! n/t
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