[Marxism] Major blood quanta changes being considered by Navajo Nation Council

Hunter Gray hunterbadbear at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 19 10:45:37 MDT 2004

Tribal council to consider just who is Navajo
      May lower blood requirements

      by Jim Maniaci
      Diné Bureau  Gallup Independent

      WINDOW ROCK - The Navajo Nation Council will be asked to double the
tribal population with the stroke of a pen when it conducts its spring
session Monday through Friday.

      By lowering the blood minimum requirement from one-fourth to
one-eighth it would double the Din population to almost 600,000 people
spread across all 50 states. Currently the Cherokee Tribe, which has a much
less restrictive enrollment requirement, is the largest in the U.S. The
stroke-of-the-pen move would mean the Navajo Nation would jump far ahead of
its eastern relatives who have about one-fifth of the country's 2.5 million
First Americans, while Navajo has about one-eighth of the Native Americans
in the country. In the 2002 Census, about 170,000 Navajos lived on the
reservation, which is by far the largest in square-miles.

      And two measures related to gambling one for the Din and one for the
San Juan Southern Paiutes will be among the almost two dozen bills and
resolutions to be considered during the 20th Council's second spring session
in its four-year term.

      The 88 delegates are due to be called to order at 10 a.m. Monday by
Speaker Lawrence Morgan in the Council Chamber. For Din gaming, the council
will be asked to take $100,000 from the Undesignated Reserve Fund to hold a
referendum for the third time in 10 years on the question of legalizing
non-traditional casino-style gambling all across the reservation. Currently
the Navajo Nation Code's Title 17 (law enforcement) allows a tribal 20-year
pilot economic development project only on the Canoncito Navajo Reservation,
home of the To' Hajiilee Chapter.

      For the Paiutes of the Tuba City and Lake Powell area, the council is
being asked to approve a change to the treaty to allow Arizona's newest
recognized tribe to buy land, converting it to trust status, west of
Flagstaff near the old U.S. Army ammunition depot at Bellemont. Thus the
tiny tribe would not be in competition with any Navajo casino in the U.S. 89
corridor on the western edge of the reservation, which also is the eastern
gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park.

      Another bill will establish a Treaty Council.

      Delegates also will be asked to take money from the approximately $26
million balance in the Undesignated Reserve Fund which, by Navajo law, is
supposed to hold about $55 million to be kept for emergencies for a variety
of uses, including:

        a.. $3.6 million for scholarships. Although the initial resolution
says $2.4 million, the Education Committee wants to raise it by 50 percent.
        b.. Almost $120,000 for the second consecutive year of buying West
Nile Virus vaccine for the tribal Agriculture Department's veterinary
bureau. The mosquito-borne disease reached the reservation last year.
        c.. More than $395,165 for the Natural Resources, Environment
Protection, Health, and Public Safety Divisions to keep mad cow disease
(bovine spongiform ecephalopathy) far to the north of Navajoland.
        d.. Almost $394,000 for two Education Division departments to help
more than five dozen reservation schools which are failing to meet state and
federal academic improvements by their students.

Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

In our Gray Hole, the ghosts often dance in the junipers and sage, on the
game trails, in the tributary canyons with the thick red maples, and on the
high windy ridges -- and they dance from within the very essence of our own
inner being. They do this especially when the bright night moon shines down
on the clean white snow that covers the valley and its surroundings.  Then
it is as bright as day -- but in an always soft and mysterious and
remembering way. [Hunter Bear]

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