Letter: Hanley for Dineh Nation President

To the editor

I wish to compliment Mr. Wallace Hanley for his truly enlightening analysis of what the Dineh Nation Council must do to live within its means ("Navajo Nation Council needs to live within its means," 4/22 issue of the Navajo Hopi Observer) and what they must do at present to place even a few morsels on on otherwise empty plate - because IOUs are being placed on the plates belonging to our children and grandchildren. Can one receive nourishment from a plateful of IOUs? No. What about vitamins? None whatsoever. By comparison, doesn't bread and water sound like a picnic? Borrowed money are promises made by parents which must [eventually] be repaid by their offspring.

Mr. Hanley, you have demonstrated true insight into what actually goes on in Window Rock. As a result, I'm going to take the liberty to nominate you for the next Dineh Nation presidential election. I wish to highlight your usage of Dineh Nation rather than Navajo Nation. This is keen insight into challenging the establishment of what we as Dineh people truly wish to be used for self-identification.

I personally feel that "Navajo" is a nasty word. Am I proud to be identified as a Navajo man? No. I'm sorry, but I identify as a Dineh of the Tacheeni/Todacheeni combination of clans. I feel pride when I say so. There is nothing wrong with phonetic spelling. Spanish as a written language uses phonetic spelling.

Dineh, as a language, should follow suit. I have found the Navajo font to be overly emphasized, to the detriment of science and mathematics. What percentage of computers have the Navajo font? In its absence, what is the only thing that can happen? Dine.

Back to the topic at hand. Mr. Wallace Hanley, Candidate for President, Dineh Nation Presidential Election 2012. I know it's too early to nominate potential candidates, but where are we at present as a Dineh Nation? Casinos and committee meetings in Las Vegas at National Rodeo Championship time, borrowing money left and right with dwindling reserves. And still no Dineh Constitution. So it's still business as usual - presentation of resolution, vote, resolution passes, cancel resolution and go to lunch.

Mr. Hanley, you should run as the Dineh Nation Constitutional candidate who can lead the way to take the fat off the Dineh Nation government as the first step to start living within our means. Having so many people trying to run a government is stupid.

You have my vote.

Tacheeni Scott

Flagstaff, Ariz.


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