|Grijalva steps up to the plate and goes to bat against another Bush Interior “midnight regulation” aimed at looting sacred water for the Peabody Western Coal Company while tribes perform spiritual ceremonies.
Dang, if you listen close – that sounds like a John Prine endorsement to me !
At least it’s serendipitous…
Grijalva weighs in on these practices – what academics call “environmental racism” – and insensitivity to tribal ceremony and public input at Interior demanding that Kempthorne suspend the threatening mine :
“The Interior Department and OSM are moving forward on this project to try to approve it before the end of the year,” said Grijalva. “During a time of sacred religious ceremonies on Hopi, OSM is expecting the Hopi people to understand a complicated legal process to approve mining without a functioning tribal council to represent them. The Secretary needs to suspend this process until the tribal council is once again functional and spiritual ceremonies have concluded. Doing otherwise ignores the important obligations the federal government has toward tribes.
More background – Federal officials listen but reject tribal members’ concerns about aquifer use – Indian Country Today