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  •  This sounds farfetched until you meet someone (7+ / 0-)

    to whom this happened.

    After living a while on the Navajo Nation, my wife and I developed friends who were willing to offer comment when something like this came up.  Most of the time, something this sensitive would not come into conversation, especially with strangers or new acquaintances.  

    I imagine that it is really impossible for people here to have very much of a sense of this, given that the way Indian communities view children and families.  Perhaps one can contemplate that each generation is a hope that the past can be overcome and a future free of the pain can be realized.  When such hopes are dashed, it is hugely tragic for the entire community as it is for the individual family.  

    This cruelty that took aim at young women and their ability to bring the next generation into the world, is incredible.  Truly incredible.

    Very painful story, but thank you for your efforts to educate, Winter Rabbit.  

    I note the few comments.  My recommendation would be to rework this a bit and offer it as a new diary, on the weekend.    More people should consider this history in all its implications.  We all are responsible for knowing what can be known, so that history does not repeat itself.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 03:14:39 PM PST

    •  Wonderful seeing you Stuart, and very well said. (2+ / 0-)
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      She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

      by Winter Rabbit on Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 03:17:13 PM PST

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    •  I met (4+ / 0-)

      a woman from the Navaho Nation while I was attending an Open Source educational technology convention in Indianapolis; she was an English teacher at a school there.  

      I forget some of the specifics but it was this immense number of people in an monstrous expanse of land, and all they had for Internet access was a single comm link.  That's to serve the whole place; thousands of people.  Come to find out that a lot of uranium mining went on in their territory; the Indians got jobs as minors, so they got all kinds of exposure to mercury, radon, you name it...just busted them up physically and medically.  All according to plan.

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