Big Mountain, Black Mesa in the news again – urgent

I recieved an email this morning from the Northwest Peltier Support Committee, forwarding this urgent message about the plight of Navaho families on Black Mesa. Congress needs to be contacted immediately.

Urgent! Navajo Communities Face Forced Relocation

Something critical is about to happen concerning the traditional
communities on Big Mountain and surrounding areas on Black Mesa. Today, more than 30 years after the passage of Public Law 93 – 531, the original Navajo-Hopi Relocation bill, a new bill is before Congress that sets a new timetable for the forced relocation of a number of Navajo families on Black Mesa. Senate bill S. 1003 is now on the Senate Calenda r and may be passed at anytime without deba! te or se rious consideration unless the public acts now. The last major relocation bill was approved by the Senate within a month after being placed on the Senate Calendar and stayed in the House of Representatives less than a week before becoming law. It’s difficult to convey the serious nature of these new developments. The passage of this bill would effectively devastate these traditional communities of Navajo, or Dineh, stripping them of their identity and way of life which is tied into the land itself.

Native people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line!


CALL CONGRESS!! Background and Talking Points, from the words of the People affected & contact list for appropriate public officials:

[Congressional Switchboard TOLL-FREE: 800-426-8073, 800-614-2803, or 800-839-5276]