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Big Mountain and Eviction of Navajo Dineh

March 31, 1997


Phyllis Bennis

Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is author of many books including “Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.” More info on June 10th rally here.

In northeastern Arizona, in a region known as Big Mountain,
hundreds of Navajo Dineh families are facing imminent eviction from
their land and livelihoods. For nearly 25 years, the Dineh have
fought an alliance of energy companies, the US government and
sectors in another tribe for control over the coal rich land that
they’ve lived on since before the arrival of Columbus.

Already 12,000 Navajo have been uprooted since the early 1970s and
now the remaining 2,000 Dineh residents face a deadline of today to
sign a draconian lease or face eviction.

Here to discuss the crisis at Big Mountain are Bonnie Whitesinger,
a traditional Navajo Dineh from the region and Marsha Monestersky,
who has been organizing at the United Nations and elsewhere in
support of the Sovereign Dineh Nation’s fight against relocation.


BONNIE WHITESINGER, a traditional Navajo Dineh who is facing eviction.

MARSHA MONESTERSKY, who has been organizing at the United Nations and elsewhere in support of the Sovereign Dineh Nation’s fight against relocation.

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