Rights & Tolerance | March 29, 1986 & April
Letter to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston
Please work in favor of repealing the Navaho
Relocation plan -- it's a land grab. I'm sure that wise
legislators can work out another, fairer compromise between the
Hopi and Navaho, one that would include compassionate treatment
of the beautiful elders of each tribe, who have unfathomable
roots in the land, whose coal is rightfully theirs.
Note: I believe the use of the word
"beautiful" in this context was a traditional
expression of respect.
Reply from Senator Cranston
Thank you for contacting me about the continuing
problems re Navajo-Hopi relocation under Public Law 93-531. I,
too, am concerned about the unresolved difficulties at Big
The Congress has grappled with the relocation
issue for many years. Since its original passage, P.L. 95-531
has been amended several times with the hope that a more
mutually satisfactory division of lands could be achieved
without denying anyone ancestral lands or the ability to
maintain their religious heritage. I think a look at the effects
of relocation on those most immediately affected is timely and
I believe that it is unwise to appropriate
additional funds for the relocation effort without the benefit
of new field hearings.
As you are aware, there is considerable
controversy over the numbers, conditions and groups to face
relocation. A closer look at the present situation may clarify
the problems and suggest alternative solutions.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I
hope you will continue to share your opinions with me on this
and other issues that may come before the Senate.
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