Originally published November 15 2014
Uranium, arsenic contaminate water at Navajo school
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A rural Arizona high school comprised mostly of Native American students was heckled and shamed recently for gladly accepting free tickets and travel to a Washington Redskins game, the absurd continuation of an ongoing whine-fest over the use of what a very select few believe to be a racially charged team name.
Red Mesa High School, located in the tiny Navajo reservation town of Teec Nos Pos, happens to share the same Redskins name as the popular NFL team. But contrary to what an outspoken few with an axe to grind and racial tension to provoke would have us all believe, the vast majority of students and their families actually appreciate the term and take pride in it.
Washington Post (WP) writer Ian Shapira, after traveling to the school to witness the non-issue firsthand, reports that those who should supposedly feel denigrated by the use of the word Redskins don't actually mind it at all. During a football game at the school, crowds of Native Americans representing all age groups and social demographics were seen boldly chanting it with dignity, unveiling a much more sinister agenda being pushed by the media rather than by those supposedly offended.
"Most of the people in Red Mesa not only reject claims that their team's nickname is a slur, they have emerged as a potent symbol in the heated debate over the name of the more widely known Redskins -- Washington's NFL team," wrote Shapira, noting that most of those who support the use of the word come from the Navajo Nation.
"More than half the school's 220 students eagerly accepted free tickets from the team for an Oct. 12 game near Phoenix, where they confronted Native American protesters who were there to condemn Washington's moniker."
A few loudmouths driving national crusade against Redskins, while actual Native Americans suffer in poverty without clean water Most of the anti-Redskins energy is reportedly coming from one Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who has obviously succumbed to the racial pot-stirring agenda. Though her energies could be used to address actual problems that Native Americans face, such as a 60 percent unemployment rate in some areas and a lack of clean water in others, she is instead trying to sue the Washington Redskins for using an innocent word that she was told by others not to like.
Blackhorse apparently rallied a few like-minded troops to actually harass her own people at the Washington Redskins game, vocally shaming them for allegedly "betraying" their heritage by not choosing to make a mountain out of a molehill like she is doing. Those who refuse to imbibe in a racial hate-fest like Blackhorse are apparently traitors in her mind, worthy of denigration for their ironic refusal to conform.
"We just let [Blackhorse] talk," state Al Begay, Red Mesa's athletic director, to the WP about his school's response to the lunacy. "This protest feels like it's coming from one person."
Meanwhile, Red Mesa and the surrounding community has real problems to deal with, such as the arsenic and uranium contaminating the local water supply. Students, faculty and their families have no choice but to drink bottled water at all times, which costs the school tens of thousands of dollars annually.
"We have far more important issues to expend our energy on" than a team name, added Steven Benally, a candidate for the Navajo Nation Tribal Council who is also not concerned about the word Redskins. "A lot of the buildings here are from the 1970s. Our grandson doesn't even have a biology teacher."
"Or at least give us money for some clean water," interjected Kelvin Yazzie, a senior lineman on Red Mesa's football team.
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