A few Navajo leaders finally realized what washappening and desperately went to Washington to tryto put a halt to implementation of the federallegislation. They and their few supporters were ableto convince President Harry Truman to veto thelegislation. Incredibly, the Navajo Nation lawyerswho backed this travesty retained their jobs.The second representative event took placein 1969. T
he Navajo Nation‟s lawyers
again, andwith tremendous Interior Department support, toldthe Council how great it would be to accept thesupposedly super deal being offered them by theowners of the proposed Navajo Generating Station.(
is a coal-fired power plant then proposed to be placed on the Reservation next to Page, Arizona,where it has now operated for over 30 years.)The largest NGS owner, the U.S. Interior Department (which had, and still has, a huge conflictof interest), owns roughly 25% of the project.Accepting the advice of their lawyers andInterior, the Navajo Council approved everything put before them. Only recently has the full extent of howmuch the
were cheated been realized.
hundreds of $millions since 1969.One of the smaller but most easily explainedexamples of the gross NGS cheating was the landlease fee paid to the Tribe for the 7,400 acres of Reservation land used by the highly profitable (for the owners) NGS project. The fee was set by theInterior Secretary
; again the Tribe‟s trustee and head
of the biggest NGS project owner
Interior.For use of the NGS-related land, the Tribewould receive a one-time payment, covering the next50 years, of 14¢ an acre. Therefore, they got a totalof only $1,000 for use of the 7,400 acres for 50 years,when they should have received $millions.Thus, the entity which benefitted most fromcheating the Navajos was the one which owned thelargest interest in the NGS project, the faithfulInterior Department trustee of the Tribe.The
Nation‟s lawyers were not fired and
Interior was not sued for these gross violations of fiduciary and trust responsibilities. This was becauseof more
cowering in the cotton
and acquiescing inthe arrogant and dishonest influence of the Interior Department, other NGS owners, and disloyallawyers. Old habits, embedded in Indian countryfrom centuries of oppression, are hard to change.Even when Navajo Nation lawyers of morerecent times have been caught at still serving outsideinterests above the those of the Tribe (and at the costof hundreds of $millions to the Diné People), the Navajo leadership eventually have backed off and let
the offending lawyers―
again including those likePollack and Hoover
remain here and in control of things as they were before. The most glaring recentexample involved the (thankfully) failed and potentially disastrous water rights settlement act proposal of 2012, known by its U.S. Senate
designation of „S. 2109.‟
se lawyers, and others, manipulate our government against itself and our People
t‟s the case of
cowering in the cotton
fearing the White House
overseer‟ all over
again. Yet i
t doesn‟t have to continue, as
we shouldrealize and change; like the Georgia butler finally didduring the Reagan administration.
Thus, the entire premise behind thisillegitimate shadow government on Navajo evolvesfrom the same seeds of racist denial of human self-determination that took place on the plantations in the19
centuries, in society as a whole in thoseeras, and even in the White House into the 1980s.
“We‟re still „less than‟ to those
traitors in the shadowgovernment
,” says Christine, “
we let it go on.”
So, racism routinely happens here on Navajo, and elsewhere in Indian country, in the 21
century. Again, we saw it in the patronizing,deceptive, and bigoted introduction of S. 2109 into
the U.S. Senate by Jon Kyl on Arizona‟s 100
birthday in 2012.
He was supported―
secretly,illegally and in writing
by the two white lawyers,Pollack and Hoover. Neither of these lawyers hasany Navajo Nation sovereignty and no right tounilaterally exercise it, yet they did so without permission from, or even knowledge of, the Councilor the Navajo People when it came to S. 2109. TheDiné were thereby denied their human rights of free, prior, and informed consent. This, again, wasultimately and obviously a race-based denial.
There‟s an Englis
h term for that kind of treachery, if it were done to the United States
called treason. Why would these lawyers dare do it?
because they look down on the Diné, as doPeople like Jon Kyl. And, they believe they can getaway with it, even if caught. They bet on the Navajoleadership eventually reverting to the old pattern, andrelenting under the authority of arrogance and liesexercised by DOJ (and supported by the outside
and a white-controlled system) much likethe field hands in Georgia did in the 1920s.
It‟s not the Council‟s
fault, until they realizeexactly what
been going on for decades.
The bizarre thing is, the shadow government (especiallythe lawyers and their internal agents) only has the power we Navajos allow it to have
The flow of that power from us to themcan be cut off in an instant, as soon as the truth of the betrayal is recognized and acted upon. We havegenuine greatness among us, but it is greatnessinterrupted and stolen by the shadow government.