LETTER-Navajo Nation remains divided

To the editor:

Criticisms have been rolling high and hitting the national media circuit. Is it because the Navajo Nation has become so unmanageable and ungovernable? With the population rising, I am concerned about what is happening in our government. Being the center of several attentive issues politically, I feel that criticisms being thrown at our leaders are well deserved.

The Navajo Times concluded 2007 with exposures of how beautiful our culture glows. Our home, people, and language photograph the Navajo Nation as united. However, behind what seems to be absent of problems, the Navajo Nation is drowned in a heavy measure of political difficulties.

Fiscal motivation is the objection of the current administration, which of course would be rewarding if only proposing elements of the Desert Rock Plant, casino and the Intergovernmental Compact were not processed through scandals of negotiations, and contracts through secrecy. So exactly then, what is in the best interest of the people when we have a huge percentage with legitimate concerns of lands, health, livestock, religion, and money? To risk lives for financial purposes is taboo culturally and to those who believe otherwise, it's a sin.

I understand the president is stubborn with his decisions, but the power lies within the council. The few delegates who stand by the people, I applaud your sincerity in trying to apply resolutions.

Legal births of political debacles will continue to divide the people. I assure you, those who oppose the president's decisions will succeed by bringing the people back together. Unity will be accomplished and a greater respect for sovereignty will strengthen the Navajo Nation as a whole.

Now isn't this what we all want?

Having noted the problems politically at the government level, I would like to highlight lingering questions of Navajo police brutality. It has been happening way back from the '80s, and '90s. I wouldn't blame the jail crisis on the current administration however, with crucial questions, the judicial department needs to retrieve, review and re-investigate the many reports of police brutality. It is happening in our communities and it's time someone stands up and arise the matter to those who are pressing efforts for funds on the jail crisis situation.

As members of the largest tribe, the embarrassment of a dysfunctional government hurts. Will we ever be united again?

Kee Jackson Jr.

Tuba City

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