A message from Ben Nuvamsa…
We are at a Cross Roads! Critical issues face the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation concerning our tribal water, coal, environment, our culture and our economy. We must become informed of the big issues that will affect our tribes for hundreds of years to come. Our tribal councils are not informed of, nor do they understand the complex issues that lie before them. As tribal members and stakeholders, we must become educated and informed of these issues so that we can educate the elected tribal officials to make the proper and informed decisions. This is an opportunity for everyone to share their concerns and participate in setting a direction to addressing these important issues. We will have common issues. How do we work together to preserve and conserve our resources for our future generations? Come and learn about these issues and express your concerns.
The attached flyer announces our forum to be held November 12, 2011, at the Hopi Veterans’ Memorial Center. Spread the word to Hopi and Navajo citizens. Everyone is welcome. Tribal council representatives and delegates are especially encouraged to attend. Traditional Hopi meal will be served.
One of the most important topics to be covered concerns the recent findings by Dr. Daniel Higgins of the impacts on the N-Aquifer from years of pumping by Peabody Coal. We will also discuss the proposed Northeastern Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement and what provisions it contains. There are many other important issues facing our tribes such as the Kayenta Mine Life of Mine Permit. What does all of this mean to you? Come learn and express your concerns.