At this moment I find myself struggling to find any words. Due to my upbringing what I think of first when I hear of the Navaho people are the “Code Talkers” who used their knowledge in saving the lives of many during WWII. http://www.navajocodetalkers.org/
And now as I read more regarding the Navaho and the us gov't all I can think at this moment is why am I surprised (considering the history of white treatment of ndn people)?
lilac, my first initiation to something different than what you describe was going through a Navajo reservation in 1984. Stopped to eat in a small town on the rez where coal mining was going strong. Everything inside and outside was covered in gritty dust that I was pretty sure contained refuse from coal mining. In 2008 at the start of the presidential campaign I found this on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMP51Dzi ... ure=relmfu