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Old 27-09-2014, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default US govt to pay $554 million to Navajo nation

(This article appeared in The Root magazine yesterday.)

US to Pay $554M to the Navajo Nation

Because the U.S. mismanaged tribal land and resources, it will cough up more than half a billion dollars to the largest Native American tribe in the country.

It’s not quite reparations, but the U.S. government has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the country, $554 million as part of a settlement stemming from 50-year-old claims in a lawsuit, the BBC is reporting.

The Navajo Nation leases approximately 14 million acres of its land to the U.S. government to use for farming, oil, gas production and mining, and the tribe said the U.S. had “mismanaged resources on [these] tribal lands.”

The news site describes the historic nature of this financial settlement: “It is the largest payment ever made by the government to a single tribe.”

Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, said that the settlement was a “victory for tribal sovereignty.”

The Navajo settlement is not the first time the U.S. government has reached financial agreements with Native American tribes because of litigation stemming from resource mismanagement.

In 2012 the U.S. ponied up $1 billion to a consortium of 41 Native American tribes. This latest deal does not prevent the Navajo tribe from filing lawsuits against the U.S. government in the future.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation Thursday, said, “This historic agreement resolves a long-standing dispute between the U.S. and the Navajo Nation,” the BBC notes.

http://www.theroot.com/articles/cult...he_navajo.html

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Old 27-09-2014, 07:01 AM   #2
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Sadly Ben Shelly is a government pawn and the Navajo people will never see that money. You have around 300,000+ Navajo on the Rez today and that could be put to good use, but there is very little accountability here. You still have people living with no electric or running water, unemployment is 48% and what jobs there are for the most part are service type jobs that do not pay well. On the not so plus side here in Tó Naneesdizí we had a 36 million dollar prison open up here last year, yet the public schools and Diné College hardly sees anything from the government who funded the prison. I had a college professor tell me when the prison was being built "If you build a prison the people will fill them up in time, but if you build schools and educate
the people they will fill them up and achieve something and improve there life over time."

I will be watching this in the coming weeks and see what's said here on the Rez.
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Old 27-09-2014, 10:00 AM   #3
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Sadly Ben Shelly is a government pawn and the Navajo people will never see that money. You have around 300,000+ Navajo on the Rez today and that could be put to good use, but there is very little accountability here. You still have people living with no electric or running water, unemployment is 48% and what jobs there are for the most part are service type jobs that do not pay well. On the not so plus side here in Tó Naneesdizí we had a 36 million dollar prison open up here last year, yet the public schools and Diné College hardly sees anything from the government who funded the prison. I had a college professor tell me when the prison was being built "If you build a prison the people will fill them up in time, but if you build schools and educate
the people they will fill them up and achieve something and improve there life over time."

I will be watching this in the coming weeks and see what's said here on the Rez.
Thanks for those points, I'll keep them in mind as this unfolds.
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Old 27-09-2014, 01:13 PM   #4
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They can build some mega casinos now...
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Old 27-09-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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They can build some mega casinos now...
WOW really that's so sad, there are already 4 of them on the Navajo Nation, what's really needed here is something that can put people to work with some good trade skills and pays.
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America is cursed anyway. They stole sacred land. We are seeing this curse today.
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In the scheme of things it isn't very much money at all.
The stolen land must be worth billions not to mention any mineral 'rights' and such.
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In the scheme of things it isn't very much money at all.
The stolen land must be worth billions not to mention any mineral 'rights' and such.
Not really its the 4 Corners area of the USA and mostly desert, they had Uranium mine here fucked up the land and people but it was closed many years ago. What is here is billions of gallons of water under the desert in an aquifer that the government wanted but the people didn't want it and for the most part today the people won.

The Navajo Reservation is like a 3rd world country inside a super power and very few could give a shit less. We have nothing, yet have everything, problem is you can not make money from nothing but you can live a happy life if you enjoy everything around you.
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The Navajo Reservation is like a 3rd world country inside a super power and very few could give a shit less. We have nothing, yet have everything, problem is you can not make money from nothing but you can live a happy life if you enjoy everything around you.
This is a point I have been trying to make in several other posts, but I'm not doing a very good job of it. Were people not happy before smartphones, wifi, ipod interfaces in their cars, and digital media streaming??

IMO, I think they were happier. It's about separating your wants from your needs. People today have lost so much of their freedoms. They know they're being lorded over and spied on by tyrants. Their solution is to dope themselves up with "cool" stuff.

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