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Name missing from Gold Star list – Navajo Times

Name missing from Gold Star list – Navajo Times

There’s a missing identify in that article on web page A8 (“Gold Star mothers, their fallen warriors honored,” Oct. four), my pal and my United States Marine, Lance Cpl. Daniel Dee Denipah.

Daniel was born March 31, 1947, in Tuba Metropolis. He attended Flagstaff faculties and graduated from Flagstaff Excessive Faculty in 1965.

Daniel joined the Marine Corps on Sept. 13, 1966, and went in addition camp in San Diego (Plt# 2220). He began his Vietnam tour on Feb. 19, 1967. His Marine unit was within the village of Thua Luu, and Daniel’s unit was CAC Unit – Lodge 7. His unit was ambushed on Dec. 28, 1967.

Daniel was killed Dec. 28, 1967. God bless Daniel.

Sgt. Mauri C. Jim
U.S. Marine Corps 1966-1969
Vietnam February 1968 — June 1969
A-Btry, 1-13, 1-26 Marines

Casinos have been a catastrophe

Greetings to members of the Navajo Nation from Totah. Thanks for this chance to deal with some essential issues impacting the 2018 Navajo Nation common election and different problems with considerations.

Probably the most and foremost is the allegations made towards Jonathan Nez, which appeared within the current Navajo Times with unfavorable reviews. Clearly, it’s politically motivated and meant to disqualify Mr. Nez from the presidency.

Why and the place do these spoilers seem from near the election? It began in 2014 that induced a disaster within the election course of. It’s late and the election must proceed with out additional ado. What concerning the opposing candidate who appears to haven’t any want to surrender the presidency and lots of marvel why?

That is the sixth try on the presidency by Joe Shirley Jr. He accomplished the two-term restrict in 2010 as required. It’s unfair to those that have the potential to be president. Isn’t two-term restrict the prevailing regulation?

Throughout Mr. Shirley’s second time period the Tribal Council appropriated funds within the tens of millions of dollars to research his coping with the ONSat Company. As an alternative, he and the lawyer basic on the time reversed the investigation on the Council delegates for his or her use of discretionary funds. The investigation must be accomplished in all equity.

The opposite main problem of concern is gaming (casinos) which was voted down in 1993 by referendum vote on account of worry it will trigger potential social issues. The current reviews by the Gaming Fee are the casinos are doing excellent whereas in actuality they’re making a slight dent within the general financial system.

A number of Council delegates felt constructing casinos is the one method further revenues can be gained. They ignored the individuals’s vote by permitting casinos and permitted Joe Shirley a decade later. It’s a catastrophe to the senior residents and people on fastened incomes.

It’s unhappy to see that they’re inflicting nice hurt to senior residents’ livelihood. They receives a commission within the morning and are broke within the afternoon. At one time a grandma was terrified that she spent all her cash on the day of her payday at Northern Edge. All she purchased was a bag of potatoes and occasional for the month.

The liquor institution within the casinos is one other catastrophe, which is inflicting critical issues. Some good individuals have died whereas hitchhiking alongside the freeway after consuming on the bar and a few even disappeared from the parking zone. The on line casino officers declare they don’t seem to be accountable which is naïve and unacceptable.

In mild of the above, the tribal authorities officers may as properly permit alcohol gross sales on the reservation.

Moreover, the election regulation must be completely reviewed and amended so to get rid of the identical old-same previous, which is sort of a recycle bin.

Thanks for this time to deal with some critical points and different associated issues.

Vern Charleston
Farmington, N.M.

Nez will shield sacred websites

It’s virtually a yr because the Navajo Nation Council rejected the Confluence Companions’ push to approve the Escalade invoice. For the Save The Confluence relations and supporters, that vote on Halloween night 2017 was an enormous and brave step to guard Navajo land. The 16 Council delegates, President Begaye, Vice President Nez, and lots of others … what else can I say aside from to thanks as soon as extra.

These of us who grew up in that space, the Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers, consider that it’s sacred. For that cause we by no means stay proper near the canyon and the few events that we went there was to supply corn pollen to the Holy Individuals and to wish for our good spirits and well being. We by no means thought that this space would come underneath assault by outdoors forces that needed to develop it for a vacationer attraction and to earn cash. All these plans are gone for now till one other group or builders ask to become profitable off the land.

Vice President Nez is making a bid for the nation’s president. He’ll win subsequent month and I’m assured in him that he won’t waver when extra threats to Navajo land and its assets floor once more. Earlier than and because the Lengthy Stroll, the Navajo individuals have been pressured to surrender land and got what we’ve at the moment. The STC households reminded our leaders about what’s left of the land and the significance in saving it for future generations.

To the Navajo voters, your choice is finally yours. For me, I made up my thoughts as to whom I’ll help and vote for. Within the spirit of sacred websites, thanks for publishing my opinion.

William LongReed
Tuba Metropolis/Bodaway, Ariz.

I’ll work for robust native authorities

The Navajo Nation main election has concluded, and I’m formally a candidate for the overall election for Council delegate listed for District 14 chapters. I categorical my appreciation and supply a grand ahéhee (thanks) for all that voted for me and supported my candidacy within the main election.

Let me formally introduce myself. My full identify is Pernell Halona. I’m initially from Tohatchi, New Mexico. My clans are Áshiihí (Salt Individuals Clan), Tódích`ii`nii (Bitter Water Clan), Tl’ógí (Bushy Ones Clan), and Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan).

I’ve two sons, Kenton Halona, who presently resides in Nampa, Idaho, and Randell Halona, who lives in Tohatchi. My mother and father have been Wilson and Ruby Halona who resided in Tohatchi, the place they raised their youngsters. My sisters are Kathy Barton of Gallup, Delia Halona who presently resides in Albuquerque, and my brothers, Cornell Halona and Wade Halona, now residing in Farmington. I returned house 14 years in the past to look after my aged mother and father, who at the moment are deceased. I used to be blessed to help my mother and father within the final years, which they each lived to the ripe previous age of 95.

After I graduated from Tohatchi Excessive Faculty, I did depart the reservation to pursue greater schooling. I attended San Juan School, majoring in enterprise administration. I acquired gainful employment with Navajo Agricultural Merchandise Business, managing all farming operations of planting, harvesting, advertising, and coaching gear operators and supervisors. Additionally as a personal contractor associate, working with Pumpkin Patch fundraisers producing pumpkins, harvesting them, and delivery them to varied church buildings on the market all through the East Coast.

I used to be additionally employed with four Corners Electrical Firm in Farmington, as an electrician assistant, working at San Juan School.

Presently, I’m proprietor of a small enterprise, Protree Providers, in Gallup, specializing in tree removing, tree trimming, and panorama upkeep. I’ve been a member of New Mexico Actions Affiliation for 21 years as a basketball official working with center faculties and excessive faculties all through McKinley and San Juan counties.

The Navajo Nation basic election will happen on Nov. 6. We’ll proceed to marketing campaign and your continued help and efforts to assist win within the basic election shall be significantly appreciated.

As your Council delegate, my objectives are to work immediately with all chapter officers to stick to and full the needs and wishes of the communities they symbolize. I intend to unite and construct a stronger native authorities for every group I’ll symbolize. I intend to create packages and develop tasks to help all of the senior residents, veterans, and help IHS to convey extra environment friendly well being care to our communities. I’ll work diligently to help our educators and the McKinley County Faculty Board to create packages to assist our college students to achieve success patrons of our group.

The individuals of our group are the directors of their authorities for every represented chapter. They will voice their wants. As your represented Navajo Nation Council delegate, I’ll pay attention and cling to addressing these wants on the Navajo Nation authorities degree. I’ll work diligently to guard the Navajo Nation and our nation’s assets. I intend to work immediately with our new administration’s authorities and for all of the individuals of the good Navajo Nation.

In conclusion, please know I’ll symbolize our group diligently with respect for all of the individuals of our group and the Navajo Nation. Your continued help on this endeavor shall and can all the time be appreciated. Thanks (Ahéhee).

Pernell Halona
District 14 Candidate
Navajo Nation Council Delegate
Tohatchi, N.M.

Letter on vets was filled with falsehoods

I’m Thursa Smith, the sanctioned commander of Steamboat Veterans Group. I see that a letter was revealed within the Navajo Times final week and far to my shock it was about me (“Veterans director micromanaged Steamboat vets,” Sept. 27, 2018).

I want to tackle a number of gadgets talked about on this propaganda-filled letter. The emergency assembly Lee Bitsui is referring to was appropriately managed with the heads of our Fort Defiance Veterans Company in attendance to make sure all was in accordance to the veterans’ insurance policies and procedures.

Lee Bitsui, for months, continued to discuss stepping down, and he introduced for months that the voting for officers can be held through the common August assembly. The August assembly agenda had the officer voting listed, however Lee Bitsui determined to not have it.

This was after he tried to abruptly cancel the August assembly the night time prior. Actually, on the August assembly when Lee Bitsui introduced that he wasn’t going to permit the voting, the bulk voted to have the voting in of latest officers and Lee Bitsui nonetheless went towards the bulk vote.

Veterans confirmed up, taking a depart of absence for this August assembly with a view to vote and have been denied their proper. The emergency assembly turnout is essential to notice. Extra veterans confirmed up at this assembly than the month-to-month conferences held by Lee Bitsui, as a result of all of them needed to vote him out.

Lee Bitsui is an explosive agitator who makes use of his PTSD to get away together with his steady obnoxious inappropriate conduct.

On the August assembly a movement was made and voted to ask government director and the Fort Defiance Company commander to return to the assembly to supervise the vote. The very fact is that extra veterans did present up only for the vote, than all of the years of Lee Bitsui’s conferences. There are such a lot of Steamboat veterans which might be very disgruntled to how Lee Bitsui handles and conducts himself, they usually appear to have no funding when it’s requested.

I, too, can put a whole lot of disparaging details on this letter, however I’m a unique sort of chief. I’m working very arduous for the veterans, not only for Steamboat veterans, however all of Navajo Nation. As for cash, I’ve been working very arduous, and sure, I commute, 1,005 miles precisely. I feel you’ll be able to say that, in truth, is dedication. To not point out it’s on my dime, as everybody is aware of we’ve had no finances.

I additionally would really like everybody to request an audit for the Steamboat Veterans Group and the Steamboat Chapter veterans’ funds.

I can go on, however I’ve higher issues to do like care for our veterans.

I suggested my household to get a safety order.

Thursa Smith
Sgt. Marine Corps veteran
Yuma, Ariz.


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