CENSORED NEWS: Hopi and Navajo former leaders respond to water theft bill S.2109

CENSORED NEWS: Hopi and Navajo former leaders respond to water theft bill S.2109.

The fact of the matter is that S.2109 is not an Indian water rights settlement act. It does nothing to quantify the water rights of the Navajo and Hopi tribal nations to the Little Colorado River and is in direct contravention of the Winters Doctrine. Rather, it is a backhanded approach to providing federal benefits and protections to entities that exploited the natural resources of our tribes for their own economic gain. It ensures that non-Indian corporate interests continue mining our coal and pumping our Navajo Aquifer to produce cheap electricity and deliver wet water to benefit southern Arizona, southern California and southern Nevada, under the guise of an Indian water rights settlement.

 It requires the tribes to give Peabody Western Coal Company and the Salt River Project (SRP) and other owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) tens of thousands of acre-feet of tribal water annually, without compensation. In other words, it gives NGS, a corporate entity, a federal water right. It also requires the tribes to extend the Peabody and NGS leases to 2044 without regard for past and continuing harmful impacts to our health, water supplies, water quality and damage to our precious Navajo Aquifer, as a necessary pre-condition to receiving minimal domestic water pipelines.

 S.2109 requires the tribes to waive all protections against injury to water quality “from time immemorial and thereafter, forever.” It also requires the tribes to permanently waive all water rights to the Little Colorado River “from time immemorial and, thereafter, forever that are based on aboriginal occupancy of land by the (tribes) and Members of the (tribes) or their predecessors.” The settlement Senator Kyl is pushing is not “consistent with previous water settlements in New Mexico, Montana and Arizona,” as he claims.

 We do agree that “it is time to set the record straight.” S.2109 is not a water rights settlement act. It is a license to continue the exploitation of our precious natural resources while threatening our tribal sovereignty. S.2109 is very dangerous for the Navajo and Hopi tribal nations and is not acceptable to members of our respective tribes.

 Water is life. Water is sacred; it is central to our way of life, to our ceremonies and traditions. We must protect and preserve it for our future generations.

UnderwaterTimes.com | Researchers: Ocean Acidification Linked To Larval Oyster Failure

UnderwaterTimes.com | Researchers: Ocean Acidification Linked To Larval Oyster Failur.

The owners of Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery at Oregon’s Netarts Bay began experiencing a decline in oyster seed production several years ago, and looked at potential causes including low oxygen and pathogenic bacteria. Alan Barton, who works at the hatchery and is an author on the journal article, was able to eliminate those potential causes and shifted his focus to acidification.

Barton sent samples to OSU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory for analysis. Their ensuing study clearly linked the production failures to the CO2 levels in the water in which the larval oysters are spawned and spend the first 24 hours of their lives, the critical time when they develop from fertilized eggs to swimming larvae, and build their initial shells.

The Plot to Seed Bomb Brooklyn | Local Brooklyn News and Features | The Brooklyn Ink

The Plot to Seed Bomb Brooklyn | Local Brooklyn News and Features | The Brooklyn Ink.

Hurling earthen balls around may not seem like an effective way to satisfy a hardcore urban gardener’s horticultural fix, but seed bombing is one of the more successful means to quickly turn publicly owned empty lots into verdant oases of flowers, fruits, and vegetables amid the concrete desert of urban life. A handful of homemade or store-bought bombs, a throwing arm, and an empty plot are all that is needed to create an explosion of greenery on a previously desolate pieces of land.

Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women

Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women.

On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. In doing so, he demonstrated that our political battles over women’s rights aren’t just about sex and reproduction— they extend to every aspect of women’s lives.

What war on women, amirite?!

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A Million Voters Registered on Easter? – NAM

A Million Voters Registered on Easter? – NAM.

The Empowerment Movement, a nonpartisan organization headed by Bryant, harnesses the collective support of more than two dozen church denominations, including African Methodist Episcopal, Church of God in Christ, Progressive and Baptist.

Their first order of business is pushing for increased voter participation — starting with registering 1 million voters on Easter. With an estimated 500,000 black churches in the United States, the Empowerment Movement is calling on all of them to register at least 20 members this Sunday. “Easter is the most church-populated Sunday on the Christian calendar,” Bryant said, laughing. “So that day gives us the most bang for our buck.”

The mass effort is partially in response to battles over recent state voting laws that require government-issued voter ID and curtail early voting periods, as well as local redistricting, all of which disproportionately affect people of color. “We felt we had to take an active role in this presidential election because there’s a lot at stake,” said Bryant.

Resistant malaria spreads rapidly to Thai-Myanmar border

Resistant malaria spreads rapidly to Thai-Myanmar border.

Deadly malaria that is resistant to drug treatment has spread rapidly from Cambodia to the border between Thailand and Myanmar, raising concerns of an uncontrollable epidemic, scientists said on Thursday.

A pair of studies published in The Lancet and the journal Science showed how the disease is moving fast into new territory and identified a region of the parasite’s genome that may be responsible for mutating in order to survive.

Wash. state declares whooping cough epidemic | Vaccine News Daily

Wash. state declares whooping cough epidemic | Vaccine News Daily.

 

The Washington State Health Department has declared its large increase in cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, as an epidemic.

In 2012, there have been 640 cases of the disease in the state, compared to 94 during the same time period last year. The state is on pace to have its largest number of whooping cough cases in decades, KNDO reports.

The state health department urged people to protect themselves from getting the contagious disease and spreading it, particularly to infants, by getting vaccinated. Children should get vaccinated against whooping cough by age seven.

The past two years has seen dozens of Washington babies hospitalized with whooping cough, including four deaths. While people of all ages can get whooping cough, adults have lesser symptoms and may not realize that a nagging cough is a result of an infection with the disease.

Muslim Brotherhood fails to change politics as usual in Egypt – Bikya Masr

Muslim Brotherhood fails to change politics as usual in Egypt – Bikya Masr.

It is done. The Muslim Brotherhood have officially reneged on their promise to not field a presidential candidate in the upcoming May election. It is yet another sign that the group has become drunk with power, seeking more in an attempt to solidify their position as complete hegemon over Egypt.

It is one thing to debate their candidate, but we should never be here. They promised. But as in all things political in Egypt – and elsewhere – one’s word is not bond. And in less than three months, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has gone from fighter, to Parliamentary champions, to in a nutshell liars.

It is easy to say that all politicians are liars, but for the most part in Egypt, no party or group had reneged on a promise, or straight up changed their policies on an issue or topic. This time, the Brotherhood has done exactly that.

By reneging on their previous statement, the group is signaling that it is politics as usual in Egypt, where once a group enters into power, they become almost intoxicated by it and want to maintain and grow their will over the country.

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