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4/24/2012 Leta ODaniel, Speaker: Self Gov to Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur, OHCHR for OFFICIAL RECORD

4/24/2012 Leta ODaniel, Speaker: Self Gov to Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur, OHCHR for OFFICIAL RECORD

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Leta O'Daniel presents at United Nations meeting with Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona 4/17/2012
Leta O'Daniel presents at United Nations meeting with Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona 4/17/2012

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Leta O’Daniel, Forgotten People Self Government
 
Consultation with The Honorable Mr. James Anaya,United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 4/24/2012
Leta O’Daniel, Member Forgotten People
P.O. Box 1661Tuba City (Navajo Nation), AZ 86045www.forgottennavajopeople.orginfo@forgottennavajopeople.org (928) 401-0472
Consultation with
The Honorable Mr. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Tucson, AZ, April 26-27, 2012
Topic:
Self GovernmentYa’ah’teeh Honorable Special Rapporteur James Anaya. I am honored as a member of ForgottenPeople on the Navajo Nation to be part of the first mission to the US by an independent expertdesignated by the UN human rights council to report on the rights of the indigenous peoples. I supportyour testimony to Congress on the need for the US to pass legislation that abides by the declarationthey signed in 2010, which establishes minimum basic rights for indigenous people globally includingthe US.I wish to address failures of the United States
 
to remediate conditions in the Hopi Partition Land(HPL) where I live. When I was young, I was forced to leave my land and go to boarding school. Itried to support myself and my children until I returned home disabled as a result of an accident.The US government manufactured a Navajo Hopi Land dispute and spent over 2.5 billion dollars toforcibly relocate over 12,000 head of households (and their families) to resolve title of a former JointUse Area to clear the region for massive coal mining and water depletion. Navajos resisting relocationwere forced to sign a 75-year lease (Accommodation Agreement AA) or be called trespassers on our ancestral lands, without housing, water, civil, and human rights.When the US government began relocating people, I refused to relocate when I found out my childrenwere not entitled to anything and they only recognized head of households. Now my children aregrown and have families of their own and we still get no help from the government. My children andmy grandchildren are told they are not entitled to scholarships. One of my son’s joined the marines sohe could get the money to go to school. And there are no jobs in the area so my children andgrandchildren are displaced and the fabric of my family torn.
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Leta O’Daniel, Forgotten People Self Government
 
Consultation with The Honorable Mr. James Anaya,United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 4/24/2012
The US government, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi tribal governments never helped me, will notrecognize me. They told me I will never get a home because I relinquished my signature on the AAwhen I was lied to by a lawyer that told me he would help me get my land back. I have gone to manylawyers trying to get help but I am a nobody to my government. The woman that owns the homewhere I am living in has threatened me, beat me up and threw me out of the house but I have nowhereelse to go.All I see is how our government uses us as bait so they can get federal funds to build and rehabilitatehomes for HPL AA signers and resisters they mis-use to spend on land acquisitions and to buildcasinos. Our council men never ask us before they spent our money.I think the only hope we have is to show you what we are going through as signers and non-signers of the 75-year lease and relocation resisters. Relocation should never have happened. We have oralteachings like the white people have the Ten Commandments. The Holy People are to us whatguardian angels are to Christians. We are from here. Our origin stories and our clans are from here.We have been here since the time our people walked with the dinosaurs. DNA studies support a Navajo-Anasazi X haplogroup.My neighbors come from Yeii, Holy people from the ancient Anasazi. Three of my brothers areMedicine Men and I listen to their stories. I can show you where our tracks are side-by-side with thedinosaurs and share origin stories back to the time the dinosaurs ate some humans and our ancestorslived in the cliff to stay away from them and the twin warriors, Monster Slayer and Born by Water helped save our people from the dinosaurs.We have prayers and songs for our livestock given to us by the Holy People. Our oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation instructs us to hold on to and take care of our livestock.Spider Woman taught us how to weave rugs. Our designs tell woven stories. It sustains us and provides a livelihood.My family has been here since before the Long Walk. My great grandmother Yellow Woman went onthe Long Walk to Fort Sumner to find her children. When she found the soldiers she turned herself over to them. When the people got weak the soldiers shot and killed them. Three of her children diedon the Walk. She caught up with the other 2 children, a boy and a girl. They were treated like slaves.My great grandmother Yellow Woman was starving to death when she was laid down on the road.A rabbit came over to her and gave birth where my great grandmother laid. The rabbit stayed longenough to nurse her baby then left. My great grandmother squeezed the baby rabbit’s milk into her mouth. If my great grandmother did not get the milk she would have starved to death. She later ate therabbit and it nourished her. After 4 years she was given 2 sheep and came home. She told me therabbit is how I came to be born. Her life inspired me to hold onto my livestock to this day and practice self-government, self-rule of the Matriarchs.
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