As a registered member of the Navajo Nation, self-proclaimed as the most important tribe (300,000-plus), acknowledged by the federal authorities. What authorities? A sovereign nation? Please.
We have now politicians operating for workplace who can’t clear a background verify, who don’t maintain an academic diploma, or can’t reply a questionnaire, however solely pay and fill out an software.
Any idiot can do this. The election workplace should mandate a check, not an software. Our nation should minimize Navajo Housing Authority, Division of Diné Schooling and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Why? NHA is a joke. Deserted boarded-up homes. They’ve abused, misplaced, stolen how a lot cash? They rent subcontractors and sit and watch them work. DODE, why? As the most important staffed program, when is the final time any faculty has made AYP? Enforced No Youngster Left Behind Act? Elevated enrollment? Educated our youngsters and not simply pushed them via the system?
Why can’t we as Navajos supply free housing to cops? Our regulation enforcement is overworked, underpaid and not acknowledged. Construct a army and help our officers.
Who do you name if you need assistance when we now have 5 officers? In case you have the police division serving to a home state of affairs and a passenger on the aspect of the street dying, what’s the officer purported to do? When a cop responds to a name they’re a decide, medical individual, and counselor. How a lot can a human take?
Any medical employees, our veterans, elders, or any of our individuals who have a particular want. Drive by and take a look at all of the empty, broken-down, boarded-up homes. Our educators, which faculty board members are mandated by NCLB to rent extremely educated instructors or lose their funding, once we can’t supply a home or a nook market to purchase requirements. It’s only a thought.
Navajo Nation president? Not one of the above
The election of a Navajo Nation president and vice chairman in 2018 should be about trustworthy management, which nearly is non-existent right now. It should even be about who can the Navajo individuals belief to cease the runaway corruption and scandals within the Navajo Nation authorities, and to revive therein credibility and confidence?
As an alternative, we see a previous president with a historical past of corruption underneath his belt. I confer with ONSAT, BCDS Manufacturing, egg manufacturing unit at Nageezi, and others, which have been investigated and by which the identical previous president was implicated, and the investigation data have been sealed from the general public. He later publicly admitted (on the Shiprock political discussion board held on Aug. 6, 2018) to the lack of tens of millions of dollars belonging to the Navajo individuals underneath his administration, to which he unequivocally said he “could not do anything about it.” This isn’t management! We’re additionally seeing a candidate who’s an incumbent vice chairman of the Navajo Nation. He separated from his companion president and turned his opponent within the 2018 election.
This candidate has not demonstrated achievement outcomes as a vice chairman, as an alternative, is seen as a jogger, a follower, who as soon as publicly claimed to be “surprised” by a current tried buy of the failing Remington Firm by the Navajo Nation for $525 million. Additional, he didn’t take speedy motion towards the president’s daughter (whom he supposedly supervised) who was arrested for DUI after wrecking a Navajo Nation car on April 22, 2018.
For over two years because the final main flooding of the Salt Creek at Shiprock, that nearly claimed the lives of Navajo households at night time, he did not ship on his guarantees to assist alleviate the very harmful flooding drawback. This isn’t management! Suffice it to say, the foregoing irresponsible actions and inactions negate any options that both candidate might present the wanted trustworthy management for the Navajo individuals. Having stated that, it’s abundantly clear that the next methods of each candidates have been to right away cowl up their inadequacies or imperfections.
A mad rush instantly ensued to place up a smoke display by securing vice presidential candidates who may curiosity the voters — a distraction ploy. One of many presidential candidates picked an impressive candidate, who found he was not a voter and thus, withdrew. Subsequently, a younger particular person turned the substitute.
He and his partner apparently have been persevering with their schooling. The substitute apparently has no considerable expertise in Navajo, state, or federal governmental affairs. The opposite presidential candidate picked a ironmongery shop supervisor who, clearly, can also be with none considerable expertise in Navajo, state, or federal governmental affairs.
Clearly, we as Navajo voters, should vote for a president — an trustworthy nataani, who will strongly characterize our pursuits as a nation, honesty to revive integrity and credibility to the Navajo Nation, and power to cope with the unpredictable state and federal governments.
As an alternative, the 2 presidential candidates would have us consider that our votes should be premised on which is probably the most fascinating or well-liked vice-presidential candidate. Most apparently, neither candidate nor their operating mates have pledged to the Navajo voters, particularly, how and when they may cease the tragic corruption and scandals that has develop into all too pervasive in our Navajo Nation authorities.
Paradoxically, each candidates are shouting, “Let’s work together” as a marketing campaign theme. The thought of “working together” clearly didn’t occur up to now for the 2 present presidential candidates, as Shirley/Shelly cut up as did Begaye/Nez. For sure, as Navajo individuals, allow us to not be gullible to marketing campaign rhetoric and guarantees, or be simply swayed by the present hue and cry of who has probably the most fascinating vice presidential candidate.
It is going to take a honest and trustworthy particular person to offer the wanted presidential management for the Navajo individuals at this important time. Sadly, at this juncture, on this race, I see nobody certified to steer as president of the Navajo Nation with honesty, integrity and power.
Some suggestions for coping with veterans
Final yr, proper round this time, I submitted an article to Navajo Times for no matter it was value. It isn’t that I don’t have any religion in its weekly publications. I take pleasure in studying about sure articles which have significant substance. I’m simply overly involved what occurs to all of the totally different ideas expressed in these publications.
In actuality, are tribal politicians receptive to those considerations? As an example, I’m a Vietnam fight veteran and served in the course of the vicious Tet Offensive throughout 1968-69. This provides me the proper to precise my conscience.
Final yr, I gave suggestions that may considerably enhance service supply to our Diné veterans inhabitants. It seems nothing has transpired relative to those suggestions. Now, the election primaries are over and the overall elections are forthcoming. In principle, a few of the candidates had good concepts, however in apply the edge for viable alternatives are absent. The suggestions I provided have been in keeping with the edge, some extent of starting to deal with veteran points.
The Diné Nation has to start out someplace. This threshold should be related, unbiased, culturally tailor-made, and think about the distinctive wants of Diné veterans. We don’t reside within the massive mainstream cities. Subsequently, the U.S. congressionally mandated Title 38 USC “Veteran’s Benefits” booklet doesn’t essentially resonate with native Diné-based points. Just one candidate got here closest to this proposed threshold relative to a complete demographic research. I want to see a complete Diné veterans advantages booklet that may entail what veterans have been trying to voice all through all these years.
If I’ll, and with all due respect, I want to present those self same suggestions within the type of concepts:
1.) Collective veterans’ accountability normal or monitor report is absent;
2.) No truthful and equitable cost-of-living changes for these receiving incapacity, compensation, and pension advantages;
three.) No sensible veterans’ well being care value containment methods, consists of co-pays and reasonably priced insurance coverage updates;
Four.) No sound regional socio-economic recourse, projections, and updates;
5.) No lifelike and artistic/progressive Diné-based on-the-job coaching alternatives;
6.) No culturally-tailored rehabilitation facilities;
7.) No unified and collective “one-voice” efficient veterans organizations to voice, monitor, and solidify crucial points;
eight.) No viable partnerships with neighboring schools and universities to enroll Diné veterans who need to benefit from instructional and coaching alternatives just like the Veterans Upward Sure and comparable packages;
9.) No authorized recourse and advocacy help for incarcerated Diné veterans; and
10.) No efficient strategic plan and mechanisms to carry specifically designed veterans’ boards, stand-downs, symposium, colloquia — an educational specialists assembly to deal with subjects of veteran points and their distinctive wants – significant annual conferences, summits, and city home conferences, and so on., to call however a couple of viable choices, options, and alternatives.
Primarily, what this implies is that as long as there isn’t a strategic framework in place to deal with or redress difficult veterans’ points, the native conferences and troublesome sought-after requested conferences with tribal officers will stay nil, and nothing doing. The tribal workplace doorways will stay closed.
Tribal politicians, please, cease treating Diné veterans with the standard bureaucratic runaround of “come back tomorrow.” Do you understand how far some veterans should journey simply to get into Window Rock — solely to be informed, “Sorry, he/she is on leave/training, late lunch, or in a do-not-disturb meeting,” and so on.? Diné veterans deserve higher.
Don’t simply give impulsive political rhetoric or lip service throughout an election yr or in the course of the tribal “political-oriented” festivals. That isn’t going to make the reduce and you’ll lose the sacred belief coming from Diné veterans. Within the interim, the exhausting work and challenges start in tribal politics.
Anthony Lee Sr.
Horticulture exhibit was nice success
Navajo Agricultural Merchandise Business had the respect of coordinating the Horticulture Exhibit on the 72nd Navajo Nation Truthful on Sept. Four-9. With over 350 exhibitors, the occasion proved to be a hit.
NAPI appreciated the curiosity from native farmers and was amazed by their expertise with rising their crops. The Horticulture Exhibit had 4 main classes: Subject Crop, Vegetable, Melon, and Fruit. The showcase included entries similar to: peaches, okra, eggplant, hubbard squash, jalapeños, beets, sunflower, mint, and basil — solely to call a couple of. The NAPI employees acknowledged the considerate care offered by the native farmers, with the tales they shared and the affected person dealing with of their entry.
NAPI want to acknowledge the people who positioned first, second and third, and acquired a ribbon with a financial prize: Alice Benally, Amelia Rivera, Andrew Johnson, Annie Parker, Ashton Apachee, Atsa-Bah Martin, Aurelia Rivera, Bobby Martin, Cassidy Garcia, Christianna Henio, Claudia Gleason, Cole Andrew Jensen, Diné School, Felix A. Earle, Ganado FFA, Gerald Moore, Gunner Arviso, Harli Garcia, Helen Benally, Irene Notah, Jace Begay, Jeremy Gleason, Jethro Christiansen, Julian Apachee, Kassidy Garcia, Ken Garcia, Kimora Nez, Kody Garcia, Kristy Garcia, Leilou Assist-Tulley, Loretta Worther, Margaret Johnson, Marlene Henry, NTU, Rita Roanhorse, Robert Garcia, Roxie June, Shawna Jean Perry, Sonlatsa Martin, and Vernita Reymus. The exhibitors undoubtedly outlined NAPI’s imaginative and prescient of farming sustainably throughout generations to domesticate a wholesome nation.
Interim Chief Government Officer
Navajo Agricultural Merchandise Business
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