Respect Sir, I find that your letter to the Indian Country journal to be exactly the same as a recent letter by a Nation Department of Natural Resources employee. It is worrisome when people use scripted dialog because it gives the perception of coercion. This perception is amplified when fear tactics are used. This brings more questions than answers to this dilemma. It might be a better use of reporting if the basic questions are answered like who are the bidders for the infrastructure contract? What is their reputation? Is the infrastructure plan sustainable or will this place the Nations in debt for which water rights are the gamble lost? What are the guarantees? What are the impacts to the lands when this infrastructure is being developed? Who pays for it? Why are there no other options? Are endangered or threatened species protected? Is this new contract to supersede treaties that guarantee water rights for every descendent for eternity? Are the elder's wisdom being considered? What about water quality? How is the water quality issues guaranteed if this new infrastructure is developed and what is the pollution reputation of those living up stream (developed waterways)? How does this infrastructure effect ground water, runoff, aquifers, irrigation, and if Mother nature decides to change the river or tributaries, does that put water sovereignty rights at risk? There is a long history of mistrust with private contractors and the government who make big promises to Indians using their lands in the balance, only to place Indigenous people further in debt and dependence. It is purposeful, and we must be cautious for the last remaining sustainable lands and waters are on Indigenous lands. Non-Indians will do anything to get their hands on it. There is proof of many dirty dealings on Indigenous people by corporate infrastructure contractors. Unless the tribes, themselves, are building this infrastructure, without having to rely on loans that place water, land, and sovereignty in jeopardy, I would suggest people vote NO. These are only but a few questions that I have not seen answered in this quagmire.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 23:08