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  •  But why? (2+ / 0-)
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    capelza, Winter Rabbit

    Maybe I missed it in the diary, but what is the motivation behind the relocation?

    My gut says it has to be one of these:
    Prime commercial or residential real estate
    Mineral rights
    Oil/Gas

    -5.12/-5.28: Dali Lama-esk baby! / Regressioncans, you lost, get over it.

    by gimmeshelter on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 11:23:16 PM PST

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    •  NM, just visited the other diary... (13+ / 0-)

      Strip mining for coal... omg, talk about insult to injury. I can't think of a worse reason for such an act.

      -5.12/-5.28: Dali Lama-esk baby! / Regressioncans, you lost, get over it.

      by gimmeshelter on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 11:26:08 PM PST

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    •  Peabody Coal (9+ / 0-)

      She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

      by Winter Rabbit on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 04:13:16 AM PST

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    •  It's an inter-tribe dispute (1+ / 0-)
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      Caj

      Maybe I missed it in the diary, but what is the motivation behind the relocation?

      My gut says it has to be one of these:
      Prime commercial or residential real estate
      Mineral rights
      Oil/Gas

      It's a dispute between the Navajo and the Hopi.

      At this point there is so much propaganda that I doubt even the protagonists on both sides really understand what the original dispute was about.

      •  Yes, tho I think one tribe is better represented (2+ / 0-)
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        samddobermann, 4040

        I only ever see articles about how the Navajos are facing unjust relocation from their settlements on Hopi Nation land.  
           
        Indeed, often the articles completely omit or quickly gloss over the fact that the Navajo settlements are on another tribe's land---and moreover that Navajo settlements have been gradually shrinking the Hopi Nation since borders were first drawn.
         
        It's hard to look at a map of the Hopi and Navajo Nations and honestly believe the narrative that the Navajo are the displaced underdogs.  The Hopi reservation started out as a rectangle, which was already a tiny piece of their aboriginal land---and over the course of about a century it's been assimilated by the Navajo piece by piece.  You can still see the edges of the rectangle on the south and west sides, like the remains of a torn flag.

        Why the imbalance in PR?  I don't think it's really a a matter of dueling propaganda.  Rather, the Navajo are the ones getting the press and sympathy from progressives due to the simple fact that they are the ones facing relocation due to the borders and anti-settlement law.  Tho it may also be due to the fact that the public is more familiar with the Navajo than the Hopi.

    •  They're settled on Hopi land (1+ / 0-)
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      samddobermann

      Maybe I missed it in the diary, but what is the motivation behind the relocation?

      The Hopi Nation was initially drawn as a little  rectangle.  Over about a hundred years chunks of that rectangle have been absorbed into the Navajo Nation, and much of that was upheld in the courts because the Navajo had settled the land without any real efforts by the Hopi to enforce their borders.
       
      I don't think either tribe, or any tribe, is really big on drawing and enforcing borders.  However, the Hopi are now stuck in a system where failure to enforce the earlier agreements has shrunk their Nation a lot.  What's worse, that created a clear legal precedent for future redrawing.  Hence the enforcement of the Hopi-Navajo border and anti-settlement agreement.
       
      Of course, this grossly simplifies the picture because it leaves out Peabody and its desire for mineral rights.  They just want people off the land, regardless of tribe, and so they are pushing for enforcement of the agreements.  Nevertheless, it is also grossly simplistic to frame this as the Navajo kicked off their own land by Big Coal, as if the Hopi are just some illegitimate administrative body.  

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