Skip to main content

View Diary: American Indian unemployment far above that of general population with no relief in sight (85 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Last month I was fortunate (5+ / 0-)

    to hear Milton Bluehouse Sr and Jr, a Navajo elder and his son, speak about sacred spaces and the struggle between preserving sacred land and the exploitation of those lands for resource extraction. They said some in the Nation are willing to sacrifice the sacred for needed jobs. Others are not and there is conflict. We have the same struggles here in S. AZ, trying to protect lands from destruction, when that destruction is sold as job creating. The jobs created by mining are often short lived, the workers often imported, and long term jobs often outsourced (eg. Mineral processing and manufacturing)

    The Bluehouse's spoke of a matrix with four quadrants surrounding circles containing the animals, plants and other critters and the people. The quadrants are: Tribal Sovereignty, Cultural Integrity, Economic Justice and Economic Justice. This matrix gives a framework for decision making about land use and preservation and cultural preservation.

    I think their model would be useful for all of us in trying to protect our environment from corporate malfeasance while seeking jobs that have lasting meaning and longevity in our communities.

    Let us arise and go now to where dogs do it Over the Hill where they keep the earthquakes ... It's time ~~ LF

    by cosmic debris on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 01:54:30 PM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site