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Letters: Feminism is against our culture

White feminism has infiltrated the arid desert lands of Navajo. Just like the monsters that the Hero Twins battled against, I consider that the “f-word” monster roams like Coyote amongst our individuals.

As Diné Asdzááni and Diné Hastoi we collectively have to be vigilant against the unfavorable results of the nonetheless lingering colonialism inside our lands, on this case feminism. Present in a matrilineal society is a blessing in some ways, nevertheless it additionally carries nice duties us as women and men. From our origin tales we’re taught about who we’re to be as Diné Asdzáá and Diné Hastiin in our dialogue, in our actions, in our private social lives. As Navajo ladies, we’re appearing as Amá to all our clan kinfolk.

We, men and women, have been created to enrich one another bodily and spiritually. It is taught in our religious ways in which we should acknowledge and respect one another. How then, I requested, can we as Diné ladies be counteractive against our Navajo matriarchy? From the beginnings of Euro-American feminism, individualistic egocentric attitudes drive feminism. So I ask, how can we, as members of prolonged, communal households name ourselves feminists?

To help in aspiring to the 21st century Navajo feminine being is the position I’ve discovered myself in as an grownup Navajo and Hopi lady. Just lately I’ve witnessed trendy Diné ladies labeling themselves “feminists.” I’m not a feminist, that time period is a germ for my part and has no place in our Diné culture. The origins of white American feminism are rooted in racism against the black man.

Historical past tells that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Katy Stanton (leaders of the Suffragette Motion) didn’t agree that a “Negro man” received the fitting to vote earlier than them. By way of my analysis, I discovered that, in reality, Ms. Anthony is documented as stating, “I will cut off this right ear of mine before I will ever work to demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.” I ask this query to these Diné ladies who carry this “f-word” of their id, “Do you also feel this too?”

I really like you, my Navajo individuals, and I would like one of the best for you, for all of us. Please do your analysis about American historical past, for what we’re taught within the American faculty (and BIA reservation system) is not on par. Actual historical past has been omitted in order that we will stay unaware of the reality. Every day I see the destructive impacts of American assimilation on our individuals. Many people are caught within the colonizer’s rituals of cellphone zombie-ism.

Many people eat an excessive amount of chemical laden Frankenfoods from the native fast-food institutions, and many people have conformed to the established order of reservation life. And, many people perpetuate the brand new habit of social media. Whether or not it’s Fb, Instagram, YouTube, Tinder, Twitter, we’re on it. For some this is OK, for some others this is problematic. I discover this new habit very unhappy.

In our acutely aware assimilation we’re permitting white Euro-American pop culture to dictate who we’re as Diné human beings. We’re permitting the colonizers to (re)create us. We’re permitting our sacred epistemology of Diné Iiná to be trampled upon as we grasp the most recent tendencies and social actions. Navajo women, Navajo ladies, reside within the spirit of your grandmothers, nice aunts, moms, and sisters: Be matriarch, not feminist.

The imaginative and prescient of our ancestors must be re-established once more. There is no approach we will return in historical past and reside the lifetime of our ancestors, however we will turn into empowered to make constructive change in our lives as Diné individuals, one which is freed from oppression, which suggests we have to assume as sovereign Diné beings.

We as neo-Diné individuals are nonetheless the pheno-reflection of our grandfathers and grandmothers. Let’s hold their legacy robust inside us. Study your clans, study the language, spend time with elders, love your loved ones, love your self, and spend time in nature (depart that telephone at residence).

I consider we will reside a very good life as trendy Navajo individuals, however we should first know, and consider our ancestral previous (ancestral reminiscence) earlier than we could be balanced. We’re individuals dwelling in city, techno-driven American society, however nonetheless name Dinétah “home.” It is this duality we reside that is our resilience, this manner of being is in our genetic reminiscence — we survive!

Venaya Yazzie
Huerfano, N.M.

Can’t settle for candidates for president

Lawlessness has crippled our Nice Navajo Nation and it has turn out to be the Wild West. The media has come ahead with information on allegations against one of many candidates who is operating for president whereas he continues to carry his vice presidency. One other candidate is operating for a 3rd time period, whereas the regulation is clear in language against it.

The Navajo Nation election workplace, Ethics and Guidelines Workplace, the speaker, and the Navajo Nation Council are all accountable and accountable for making the appropriate selections and upholding our legal guidelines for the higher good. Our present political state of affairs is disturbing and lots of of our individuals query the legitimacy of those elections, the timing of the voter purge, and different considerations which have gone unanswered.

Why would an individual proceed to be eligible for the candidacy when there are critical allegations for unlawful use of tribal cash and the time to marketing campaign, particularly when our present Navajo Nation president has emphasised these allegations and the necessity for accountability and investigation?

My individuals, this is not what the Navajo Nation stands for. We can’t stand by and let this occur. What we face is one other travesty, which is going to provide us one other 4 years of backwardness and lack of progress. We would like a robust and unselfish chief to steer our nation.

Subsequently, I ask the Navajo Nation election workplace, Navajo Nation Ethics and Guidelines Workplace, speaker, and the Navajo Nation Council to ensure that our presidential candidates are clear to run for president of the Navajo Nation.

Lots of our individuals are confused, involved, and troubled with the presidential candidacy circus that has come to our lands once more and it is hurting what we stand for, and what I stand for as a former presidential candidate who is nonetheless on guard to guard the pursuits of the silent majority, our voters and everybody who is aware of higher than to face in silence and permit this circus to proceed.

As a Navajo, I’ve a dream to at some point be the president or chairman of our nice nation. I labored to organize myself to turn into a robust, passionate, and caring chief for my individuals. At this time, I can’t settle for the candidates which might be operating for president of our nice Navajo Nation. We should stand collectively to uphold our legal guidelines, the accountability, the transparency, and the legitimacy against what is happening now. Our individuals deserve extra and what we face in the mean time is a dire travesty that should not proceed … and we’re operating out of time. I don’t endorse both one.

Dineh Benally
Shiprock, N.M.

System is preserving Diné poor

The $767 million, that’s the tribal finances to maintain our Dine’ dwelling in poverty. Each Diné, man, ladies and baby paid out of their pocket $2,191.45 to satisfy that price range. That is a reality.

Complete value to maintain Diné poor can be round $three billion once you add up the cash the feds, states, counties, and different authorities entities can be spending on the Navajo rez. Huge bucks roll via the reservation like a flood of inexperienced paper locusts and just like the locusts it leaves nothing behind, however poverty.

The one individuals benefiting are these with authorities jobs or those that have authorities contracts. In a nutshell that is the truth of how the system works. Anybody youthful than 45 has been taught that authorities will provide you with cash, authorities will provide you with a job, authorities will present for well being, schooling and welfare. Authorities is there with an answer to all issues. The one query now is, Is that true?

In our current historical past a lie has grow to be fact, fallacious has turn out to be proper, and evil has grow to be good. All that occurred as a result of it has been accepted by the bulk as mob rule. We’re reminded every day we reside in a democracy and we’re imagined to really feel all heat and fuzzy inside. Consider it or don’t, democracy is a nasty type of authorities.

A democracy by its actual definition is “one man, one vote,” or mobs that haven’t any regard for constitutional or any primary human rights. Instance, some consider Wendy Rodgers has no freedom of speech rights and we should always mob up and run her off. We elect leaders once we ought to be electing representatives, individuals who know of our crappy dead-end governmental system. Individuals who know that poverty is devouring the whole lot Diné.

Elected officers ought to know by now, the poverty of our Diné can’t be eradicated with authorities spending. This rodeo has been happening for 55 years with circumstances solely getting worse. Diné dwelling on the rez personal nothing. The whole lot belongs to authorities. Our houses, land, companies, property, youngsters, and our lives. The whole lot may be taken by the federal government when Diné don’t play by authorities guidelines, laws, insurance policies, and their legal guidelines.

What do our Diné actually need? Do they need to proceed dwelling in a poverty-producing system or do they need to stay in a system of financial mobility the place they’ve management of their lives and personal one thing? If our Diné are to outlive on this world going loopy they must be inspired to cease voting like chickens, voting for Col. Sanders of KFC fame. Our Diné vote ought to go to representatives who’ve the braveness to vary or get rid of limitations of guidelines, laws, insurance policies, and mindless legal guidelines that cease our Diné from having particular person financial mobility.

As Dine’ we will’t proceed to permit any authorities to wrap us in heat pretend blankets of presidency safety advantages at our personal expense. As Dine’ we will remove politically antagonistic limitations that rob us of an amazing lifetime of adventures in freedom. The one approach to try this is to vote and elect individuals who worth freedom, perceive regulation, and rule of regulation. Any vote in need of that won’t suffice.

Wally Brown
Web page, Ariz.

OnSat investigation was a sham

Lo and behold, I should have hit the nail on the top for Louis Denetsosie, former lawyer basic of the Navajo Nation, to make a response shortly to my letter of Oct. 11, 2018, in regards to the allegations against Jonathan Nez (“Casinos have been a disaster”). It exhibits the allegations have been politically motivated.

My response shall be brief and spotlight solely the most important factors. I anticipated another person to reply and never Louis Denetsosie. His response was solely on the OnSat problem and doesn’t contact on the disastrous on line casino challenge. Mr. Denetsosie alleges the Division of Justice reviewed the grievance and located no wrongdoing.

Mr. Denetsosie and Mr. Shirley are each from Chinle, in order that they have one another’s again. I consider the grievance ought to have been reviewed by the particular prosecutor and decided if it required an investigation, not the Navajo Nation Division of Justice due to their weak spot. The sort of authorized work they do is often based mostly on who you already know, not what they know. Have been the funds appropriated by Navajo Nation Council to research Mr. Shirley’s coping with OnSat misused?

I consider the funds have been particularly meant to research Mr. Shirley and OnSat, not how the Council used the discretionary funds. The casinos inflicting disastrous impression primarily on the senior residents was not talked about within the response. I do know what the response can be anyway so I don’t need to push the difficulty any additional.

Sure, I agree Jonathan Nez must be completely investigated, nevertheless, I consider each candidates ought to be completely investigated and outcomes made public so the voters know who may be trusted to be our chief. I want to reiterate my place that the election legal guidelines must be amended. As written it has many loopholes. The amended model must be stiff and require background checks on all candidates on the time of submitting.

Thanks as all the time.

Vern Charleston
Farmington, N.M.

Educate your self about housing

“Section 184 is synonymous with home ownership in Indian Country.” — US HUD web site.

It is my understanding that the Navajo Times has a large circulation within the continental USA. Thus, this letter to succeed in city American Indians and people who reside on their homeland who’re contemplating residence possession or are householders trying to make house enchancment by mortgage.

First, Google hud.gov Part 184 program and Part 184 eligible areas by state (scroll right down to it) to study this system. Secondly, Google hud.gov/Workplace of Native American Packages and scroll right down to “About ONAP” (Workplace of Native American Packages), which lists ONAP all through the areas.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Moreover, every area ONAP offers a employees listing to contact a person when you’ve got a query. I didn’t present web sites since they have a tendency to vary. Additionally, what I offered is public info. It is as much as you if you wish to take part in this system.

Nancy Todea
Shiprock, N.M.


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