Peabody Coal's 40-Year Holocaust for Navajos

Peabody Coal's Holocaust of Navajos must be documented so that it will never happen again

 

By Brenda Norrell

copyright Narco News

 

As Peabody Coal declares bankruptcy, it is important to remember the Navajo lives lost on Black Mesa to heartbreak, respiratory disease and cancer, the homes that were destroyed, and the aquifer and spring waters that were drained and poisoned.

One elderly Navajo man laid down and died from heartbreak when he was relocated. 

It was Peabody Coal and its attorney John Boyden that orchestrated the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute. Peabody's purpose was to clear Navajos off Black Mesa for coal mining. 

It has been a 40-year Holocaust for the people of Black Mesa. More than 14,000 Navajos were relocated to make way for Peabody Coal mining. 

The resisters of relocation at Big Mountain lived harsh lives and many died during the long years of struggle. 

Peabody Coal was aided by corrupt US Congressmen who pushed through legislation, and the media that promoted the lies and censored the truth.

Peabody Coal feeds the Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world. NGS lights up southern Arizona while poisoning Navajos. 

The genocidal effects of Navajo relocation are far reaching. 

Now, the region of Sanders, Arizona, to the east of Black Mesa, is at the mid-mark of two Holocausts: The Church Rock, N.M., uranium spill of 1979, and relocation. The uranium spill is flowing down the Rio Puerco wash, and the radiation is now in the drinking water at Sanders.

In Sanders, there is the trail of heartbreak, like a long mourning song in the land, from those relocated here from their homeland on Black Mesa. 

Since Peabody Coal is now declaring bankruptcy, the questions remain who will be responsible for the cleanup and damgages. The Cold War uranium companies on the Navajo Nation left thousands of strewn radiactive tailings that remain across the Navajo Nation.

Peabody Coal's 40-Year Holocaust must be documented and remembered, so it will never happen again. The Congressmen, Peabody Coal, the attorneys and the media should be exposed and held accountable, so that no corporation, with the aid of US Congressmen and the media, can carry out another holocaust of Native Americans.

Never again.

 

Read more at Censored News:

 

Navajos Demand Just Transition after Peabody Coal Declares Bankruptcy:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/navajos-demand-just-transition-after.html

 

Tribute to Navajo, Hopi and Lakota Delegation who faced off with Peabody Coal stockholders in New York in 2001. Most of the delegation is now in the Spirit World.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/tribute-navajo-hopi-and-lakota-took-on.html

 

Big Mountain cattle seized by BIA and Hopi rangers April 2016:

www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

 

Copyright Notice: No portion of this article may be republised without permission. This action is being taken due to the profiteers who have seized our content and placed it on webpages with advertising.

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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.