Those modern indigenous Dineh activists, as I observe, are following that false road of the colonial method of citizenship where they are provided a narrow avenue to voice and express their grievances. That is certainly fine to try and turn the table back on the “white men’s foreign” laws, but does modern “Navajo” activism need to despise their true roots of Native Resistance like: Big Mountain Sovereign Dineh Nation, Coalition for Navajo Liberation, former AIM – Dineh Chapter, Navajo-Hopi Unity Committee, and the 70s National Indian Youth Council?
What is wrong with the Creator’s Path, The Red Road – The Road of Good? Or does that sound too militant or uncivilized, barbaric?!
Our past or my past was these histories and inspiration that still drives my hopes and compassion to save our identities and ancestral territories. However, us humans face another aspect of an uncertain future which is our natural environment. Not only thinking horizontally but omni-presently: beneath us (Ke’yah), deep-center beneath us (Ni’aal’nii’) and above-universe (Yaa’al’nii’).
“Yaa’at’eeh Aa’anoli’t’so, Sh’ Dine’eh do’h Sh’ K’ee’h (Good Greetings Everyone, My Peoples and My Relations…) Why is it that we, indigenous peoples, are the subjects of another great destructive plan like this attempt to mine the dangerous uranium? It is just like the great destructive plans that we face where I come from where (they) wish to yank the lands from underneath our feet so that (they) can get our waters and cut out the fleshes of our Mother Earth. One thing that we indigenous must remember is that greater Laws watch. This wind that we feel in our face today can become very mighty if these destructive plans don’t stop. This great power of the wind watches us, too, and if we human beings forget our prayers and begin to dishonor our ancient ways, The Great Wind will decide to take away that comfortable world that we once knew. It will make our lands dry up, our waters will disappear and the moisture will be no more. The climate will change. Our foods will become less. These were prophecies that were told to us when I was growing up.
“’Someday, might be that time of Transition-Into-Another-Era, it was called. If we decide to lose our prayers to the morning and evening dawn, if we transform our ceremonies to our own pleasing, if our language become no more, that is when strange diseases and famine will come. The wind and the Great Hail are upmost dangerous,’ it was told. Just remember that, My Peoples. Thank you for listening to me.”
The Great Winds and Moisture, I believe, are listening and watching us as we make our faltering more obvious. As a result, perhaps, we are noticing that corn and squash have become harder to grow. Pests are more intense as the rains are much less. We miss the natural foods that we once gathered and grown ourselves. There is now too much petro fuel exhaust raining down on us from the sky and too much synthetic rubber blowing across our lands from the heavy use of automobiles. What do we tell our children now?
In contrary, America has parades and holidays to honor their past ‘destructive military’ culture and leaders even though they are occupied daily with the latest trends and celebrities. They have even printed the images of their past war mongers on currencies which are in our pockets right now. America has named mountain peaks after their lost pioneers like Fremont, Doyle, Agassiz, and Humphrey. Or military points like Fort Carson, Fort Garland, Fort Wingate, and Fort Sumner.
So why can us indigenous Dineh try to do the same within the territories that we still have true sovereign control of like at Big Mountain, renamed Big Mountain to Asdzan’ Dzil N’lt’saa’ after my great grandmother. But first let us honor our past great, traditional leaders. Celebrate the victories of the Big Mountain Sovereign Dineh Nation (SDN). Then unite and retake control of our own destiny with our proper ancient ways and divine-given natural resources. And if we wish to not unite, today, with trust, let us all, as diverse colored human beings of diverse Ancient Cultures, reinstate that ancient ways of prayer to the original Makers. Hope will be for our children of today and the coming generations.