I have recently visted Navajo Nation in hopes of offering my eduction, hard work, or joy to a place my own blood can be quickly traced back to. I have been very deeply saddend by what I've seen and it's enough to make even the most ardent advocate for social justice want to throw their hands up and just cry.
In a land where theoreticly you have everything you could want to live the hope for life is taken for granted. A place where no one is forced to pay rent to simply live. Food can be grown freely and water comes bubbling up from the ground, people see nothing; and I see rampant methamphetamine use, dispair, and suicide rates among my own age group almost incalculatable.
The enviromental destruction is almost beyond description. Garbage litters every square foot of visable land- perhaps an average of 4-6 pieces of trash per sq. ft. Which is not limited to dog food bags, candy wrappers, and disintigrated styrafom cups; to say the least is horrendously deppressing. It includes in nearly every yard, at least 1-3 open dumpsites of hazardous waste as well. Car batteries, motor oil, anti-freeze, openely discarded meth waste.
The air smells a combination of burning PVC or meth or both- (I love the smell of POB's in the morning).
There would only seem to be a public perception problem to the many long-term health dangers associated with this unconfined hazardous waste. I called the EPA and was talked to with serious contempt for inquiring to the 'state' of the environmental protections here. Technicly there is trash pickup. Technicly there are fines for open dumping.. technicly.
The EPA estimated approx. between 307-402 open dumpsites scattered througout a land that really looks just like the beautiful grand canyon. And no one really seems to care which is the depressing thing of it.
Everyone wants to "get off" the Rez to live a better life doing "g" they call meth on the streets of southern LA. WTF? Life is what you make of it and TV reality seems to permeate the thoughts here; As "The O.C." is thought of as reality.
I have to go, the Library only allows a few minuetes on the computers... I tried... the government says they want sustainable folks to come and improve the life here. There is an open uranium tilling site a few blocks from the high schools. One inept governemnt official said the US Federal government is doing a scientific study to determine if the US Federal Government opened the tilling site and is responsible for the insane health effects. (good luck)
Maybe "a casino" they say? "and A four lane highway", YEAH, that's what they really need.
I'm sorry, I tried! You can lead a horse to water........
You know, don't take this the wrong way.... but low income americans are constantly disparaged for being .. "white trash"... a catagory I might easily fall into.. but at least we have culture of some kind. This is just sad, no one cares... call (928-871-6000) for information on getting involved with the navajo nation government; they say they want help with development.