Navajoland: Slick PR green campaign benefits dirty coal power plant

By Brenda Norrell

Slick public relations campaigns are underway for the theft of Navajo water rights, and a green scheme for solar and wind projects. Both schemes are designed to keep one of the nation's dirtiest coal fired power plants operating on the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Generating Station.

The Navajo Water Commission has hired a public relations firm to try and deceive Navajos into giving up their water rights to the Little Colorado River. The firm Scutari and Cieslak was hired following the protests over the proposed water settlement.

The Little Colorado River settlement scheme is designed to give away Navajo water rights and continue to pour water into the coal fired power plant, the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Ariz, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the US. The scheme is also to provide water for non-Indians living luxury lifestyles in southern Arizona's dry and thirsty desert cities.

The Navajo Generating Station, one of three on the Navajo Nation, is among the dirty coal fired power plants in the US responsible for the melting of the Arctic and global warming. Arctic villages are dropping into the sea and polar bears, walruses and other wildlife dying as their habitat vanishes.

This scam water rights deal was promoted by Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, who apparently believed it would be as easy to dupe the public about this, as the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute, which was actually devised to clear Navajos from their land for Peabody's coal mining on Black Mesa, which feeds the Navajo Generating Station.

In other news of the public relations spin promoting the dirty industry on Navajoland, the Navajo Nation has engaged in a carbon market scam with SRP, the Salt River Project, which operates the dirty coal fired power plant Navajo Generating Station.

The carbon market schemes, and carbon credits, are scams which allow the world’s dirtiest polluters to keep on polluting.

In this case, the Salt River Project will spend $220,000 buying renewable-energy credits. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is a player in this green scam. To spin public opinion, there's dollars for solar and wind projects.

  Aside from the slick PR, and pretty green goals designed to dupe the public, the real purpose is to allow the dirty power plant Navajo Generating Station to continue operating on Navajoland.

Photo: Navajos protested SRP during the ALEC protest in Phoenix. Navajos and O'odham were pepper sprayed by police. Photo Resist ALEC.

Meanwhile, across the west, non-Indian attorneys are attempting to convince Indian Nations to enter into water rights settlements, to give away their water for the benefit of non-Indians and corporations. Non-Indian attorneys, often employed by the tribes, are attempting to deceive Indian Nations into giving up their expansive water rights for future generations. This means severing expansive rights under the Winter’s Doctrine.

Navajo Marshall Johnson, lead organizer with To Nizhoni Ani, is among the Navajos opposing the Little Colorado River settlement.

“This settlement is being fast tracked to satisfy Kyl and McCains’ efforts to continue the legacy of free and cheap electricity and water delivery to central and southern Arizona. It’s not about providing much needed services to the Navajo people as they claim. This should really be called the ‘Keep Navajo Generating Station Open Settlement Agreement.'"

The Hopi Tribal Council voted on Friday, June 15, to halt Little Colorado River water settlement negotiations. Former Hopi leaders presented the resolution that was endorsed by the council's vote of he 11-4.

 Due to the collapse on the news industry, online aggregators of Indian news promote hoax news stories of politicians and PR firms, further promoting the destruction of the land, the poisoning of the air and water, and assault on the human rights of the people.

--Navajo Water Commission hires PR firm
http://navajotimes.com/news/2012/0612/061412pr.php

--SRP will buy credits from the Navajo Nation:
http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2012/06/13/20120613srp-will-buy-credits-navajo-nation.html

--Hopi Tribal Council rejects Kyl's water settlement bill

http://www.knau.org/post/hopi-tribal-council-rejects-kyls-water-settlement-bill 

For permission to repost this article, contact brendanorrell@gmail.com

Also see:

Anna Rondon: Betrayal by Navajo President: Water rights giveaway

http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/06/anna-rondon-betrayal-by-navajo.html 

Navajo grassroots overwhelmingly oppose water rights settlement:

http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/06/navajo-grassroots-overwhelmingly-oppose.html 

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.