Vice President and Second Lady Myron and Dottie Lizer
Navajo Tribal Council, Counsel, and Chapter Leaders
The few remaining Dineh home sites are mostly remote and more so due to the varies restrictions enforced by the relocation policies. They have repeatedly requested the uncapping of water wells and those wells be restored to IHS standard, drinkable water. Waters are now way more essential in these time of uncertainty, and so crucial for the prevention against the unseen killer virus. Major safe water distribution are needed urgently. Not only cases of plastic bottled water, but delivery of large water storage containers or cisterns to each "resistance" family home site. These to include a coordination of water hauling trucks and personnel to set up each storage or cistern with spout for basic hygiene. Remaining residents (aka "relocation resisters") will be instructed that those waters are for human use only and to protect themselves from the spread of Covid 19. Scheduled water deliveries will be implemented.
I can request and demand hundreds of resolutions from the Navajo Nation and related agencies, but this is only one critical issue I present here. It is time to take drastic measures of humanity, and not allow these precious community members to be subjected to greater suffering. It is time that the Navajo Nation and its responsible department work cooperatively with the Hopi Nation to finally bring about hope and genuine humanitarian response. Finally, due to the jurisdictional aspects, property issues of the cistern set ups can be clarified understandably among parties involved. Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Bahe Katenay KeediniihiiDependent historian and ethnography of Big Mountain and On-Land support coordinator.
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