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Monday, April 29, 2013Contact: Elouise Brown, Dooda (NO) Desert Rock, 505-592-1453
Forgotten People and Dooda Desert Rock report human rights abuses to the UN WorkingGroup on Business and Human Rights
NAVAJO NATION, AZ: On 4/27/2013, Forgotten People, Inc. and Dooda (No!) Desert Rock,two grassroots members of Navajo Nation civil society submitted reports citing human rightsabuses and a lack of remedies by peoples subjected to abuse by corporate and state (Navajo Nation) activities to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights for their officialvisit to the United States.Forgotten People, Inc. is a Navajo Nation nonprofit corporation and nongovernmentalorganization with a service membership of Navajos who are "survivors" of the Navajo-HopiLand Dispute. They are Navajos who live in areas confirmed to ownership by the Hopi Tribe; Navajos who were relocated from Hopi lands; Navajos who suffer in a land area set aside for relocation (in Northern Arizona
the "New Lands"); and Navajos affected by an imposed federalgovernment prohibition of
development in disputed land areas, including improvements toexisting homes and other structures
called the "Bennett Freeze." It lasted from 1966 throughMay 8, 2009 and intensified the poverty of Navajos and Hopis living in the area.The "Forgotten People" class is most victimized by its own government and while the class hasmany grievances, the most serious issue is that of relocation by Peabody Coal Company inviolation of the international human rights standard, stated in Article 10 of the Declaration, "free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned," with "agreement on just andfair compensation" and an "option for return."Instead, when an Environmental Assessment was done by the Office of Surface Mining, PeabodyCoal Company falsely represented that people in the area affirmatively desired to relocate andtheir consents were obtained. In fact, there has been no meaningful information provided to theresidents of the area, in the Navajo language, and no evidence of "agreement," includingagreements on "just and fair compensation" for everyone involved.