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Will The ‘Canyon de Chelly’ Navajo See Even A Cent Of This $6.5 Million ‘Wells Fargo’ Settlement With ‘Navajo Nation’?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the original from “The Hill”. Google for more.


My concern is very simple. Will individual Navajo, like those in ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ (some of whom I know), get any of this money as a stipend, or Will the ‘Navajo Nation‘ insist on spending it, on behalf of them, on supposed projects that will benefit them?

To be fair, I see the pros and cons of both ‘solutions’.

True, some of the Navajo, though not all, will just fritter away whatever they get, on trivials, and will have nothing to show for it in days if not the end of the first day. Yes, they can be irresponsible and juvenile with money. But, part of that is that many have never had that much.

On the other hand, though they are supposedly getting better, I do not trust the ‘Navajo Nation‘. I think they are irresponsible, often naive and (as with all organizations of this type) there is the inevitable corruption.

So?

I have never been (thankfully) a Wells Fargo customer. I know that they were forced to pay all sorts of restitution for all of their egregious crimes. What I do not know is whether some of these other settlements will DIRECTLY compensate Navajos who were cheated, abused and robbed directly. I want restitution, directly, for whatever they lost.

Well, I just wanted to get this out. I am powerless to do anything. I am but a concerned outsider thousands of miles away.

But, I care deeply for the Navajo and always want what is BEST FOR THEM.


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by Anura Guruge


Native American Tribe, In Wyoming, Get Back Their Ancient Hunting Rights Thanks To The Supreme Court.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the CNN story.


This is not my beloved Navajo BUT I applaud and celebrate each victory, how ever small, when it comes to all Native Americans. I can relate with them and to them.

This one, involving the Supreme Court no less, is a good one. Has to be with a BASIC right, that of hunting for food. They now have the freedom to hunt they enjoyed before the European incursion. That is how it should be. I am glad.

Another one for the Indians. Good for them.

That 4 Supreme Court judges voted against this shows the sad divisions faced by this country. This should have been a no brainer, BUT then again there is at least one who voted ‘no’ who has proven that he has been brain dead for decades.


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by Anura Guruge


Renewed Measures To Provide More Navajos, In ‘Navajo Nation’, With Grid-Based Electricity.

by Anura Guruge


Click image for ‘ABC News’ coverage.


Click to ENLARGE. The town talked about in this story. It is pretty remote.


More good news for the Navajos and they sure can do with as much as they can get.

On-demand, grid-based electricity is such a necessity. So much else depends on it — phone charging, Internet access, reliable refrigeration etc.

So, I was delighted to read about this. Must be so exciting. I hope it is affordable — because the Navajo are NOT rich. But, lovely people.

I hope this initiative dovetails with their new efforts to break into Solar Energy.


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by Anura Guruge


Australian ‘Mystery Road’ Detective Series On ‘Acorn’ Is Intriguing & Educational.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Acorn’ Webpage for this series.



Found it, like so many other gems on ‘Acorn‘, while browsing the catalog looking for good mystery/detective shows. Looked interesting and it sure has been.

We became addicted to ‘A Place To Call Home‘ on Acorn — which was Australian and set in Australia. ‘Mystery Road‘ shares that trait.

Tight, gripping, intriguing. Powerful, in-your-face characters. The mystery is set within an aboriginal community. That is the educational part. we have not had that much exposure to modern day aboriginal life and this show takes you there — in spades. Reminds me, very much, of the Navajos and life in and around my beloved Canyon de Chelly. The male detective is ‘BLACK’ — i.e., an aborigine. That gives it all a nice twist. He has a colorful past too.

We have only watched the first 4 episodes. But, they were good. I can’t wait to go back and finish the series. I think I will not be disappointed.


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by Anura Guruge

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‘Navajo’ To Their Credit (But Also Cost) Moving From Coal To Solar Energy.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘NPR’ original.


Click to ENLARGE and admire.


This is a painful and initially very-costly strategic decision by the Navajo. They have relied heavily on revenues from coal but it has also taken a toll on their health — and, alas, they are no longer the hearty and healthy folks they once were.

Navajo land is PRIME for solar farms. They have such huge tracts of SUN-BACKED open space, unused with no habitation for miles. So, this is good. I am glad and proud. I want the best for the Navajo. Such wonderful people (in general).

Not sure how they will cope with the transition. They really do need money. Poverty is widespread.


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by Anura Guruge


RED Dress Project (REDress), At The National Mall, To Highlight Violence Against Native Indian Women.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Smithsonian.com’ original.


Click to access ‘The Washington Post’ article.



This the empty redress project is a wonderful thing IF NOT for the fact that it is trying to draw attention to a HORRIBLE crime taking place in this country — i.e., the violence against Native Indian women as well as their disappearance (as in gone forever).

It is tragic.

What makes it worse that much of it is perpetrated by Native Indian men, their relatives and their kinfolk.

The Native Indian authorities are doing an atrocious job protecting their own females, young and old.

I have seen it first hand in my many trips to the Navajo Nation.

The Native Indians have issues. This, the violence against women, is one of them.

We need MORE than just this eye-catching project. But, it is a good start. Bravo and THANKS.


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by Anura Guruge


Partial Government Shutdown, Alas, Adversely Affecting The “Navajo Nation”.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the original article.


Click image to access the original article.


They, i.e., the Navajo living in and around the ‘Navajo Nation‘, have always been more vulnerable than most. Yes, some of it is their own making, but we are where we are. These folks rely on the Federal Government for many aid programs — even for clearing some of their major roads of snow during the winter.

This shutdown is really doing a number on them, but it goes unreported and unnoticed outside of Arizona and New Mexico because they have no media savvy. They basically have no voice.

There are quite a few Navajo working at ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ and ‘Monument Valley‘ — some as Park Rangers. They are not getting paid. That has a huge trickle down affect as many people rely on these federal salaries. Without that money, they are penniless. This is not good. This is sad.

I gather that ‘Canyon de Chelly’ remains open — in that both of the Rim roads are public thoroughfares and as such need to be kept open. Not sure how much snow they have had. If it has been dry the lookouts will be usable. Hate to think how much illegal trespassing is going on at the bottom. Upsets me greatly.

Just wanted to make sure you knew. So many don’t.


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