Dine' chase Sen. John McCain off Navajo Nation

 

Dine' chase Arizona Sen. John McCain off the Navajo Nation, yelling at him that the days of stealing Navajo land and water rights for corporations are over

 

By Brenda Norrell

 

Dine’ chased Arizona Sen. John McCain off the Navajo Nation on Friday, yelling at him that the days of coming on the Navajo Nation to steal land and water rights, and carry out ecocide and genocide, are over.

Dine’ (Navajo) protesters blocked McCain's speech and chased after his car, yelling at him that neither him nor the corporations he represents are welcome here.

Dine' protesters posted photos and video on the Internet of chasing McCain's car off the Navajo Nation Capitol of Window Rock, Arizona. Watch video of Dine' chasing after McCain's car and see more photos: 

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/dine-protesters-chase-john-mccain-off.html

Nihigaal bee lina, Journey of Existence, are Dine’ walkers who have been walking to the Four Sacred Mountains. They are speaking out for the land, air and water that they are defending for future generations.

They posted a collective statement by the protesters.

“Diné taking action in Window Rock to address John McCain's ecocidal and genocidal policies. This morning at the Navajo Nation Museum, members of various Indigenous nations joined together in collective solidarity around water security, resistance against resource extraction, and closed door negotiation.

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“Senator John McCain's meeting had to be moved to the auditorium while outside protesters made their intentions known through protest and song.

"We will rise up as the new leaders of our Nations, in solidarity with our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters, and we start by saying NO MORE ALLOWING state or federal politicians and the corporations they represent entrance into our homelands. Those who are responsible for our people being poisoned, starved, kept in poverty and removed from our sacred territories, are not welcomed here!! We will take back our power and restore our homelands, take care of our water, protect our people and our sacred sites, and mentor a new generation of youth who will change this paradigm of exploitation and greed!"

Adriano Tsinigine said he posed for a photo with McCain, then pulled out his card supporting Apaches at Oak Flat. Apaches are defending sacred land from McCain's copper mine that he sneaked through in the defense bill.

Tsinigine compared McCain to a ma'ii, coyote.

"Showing my support from the Navajo Nation, met Mr. McCain, and asked for a photo. Then I pulled out my 'Protect Oak Flat' card and when he saw it, he looked me right in the eye and said, 'Get out of here, now!' Haha, this ma'ii is just afraid of us, because of how powerful we are."

 

 

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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 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 34 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.