President Joe Biden made groundbreaking historical past when he nominated the first-ever Native American to the presidential Cabinet. As you recognize, her title is Deb Haaland.
As a younger Native lady, I take this victory personally. Secretary of the Interior Haaland’s affirmation shall be drastically helpful to those that have been preventing for the setting and water.
I particularly look ahead to the Secretary correcting the federal authorities’s relationship with public lands. She was a champion of the 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature whereas in Congress, so I count on that she’s going to acknowledge the unbelievable biodiversity and therapeutic potential that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments have for our un-well earth.
Secretary Haaland isn’t the one victory we’ve got to rejoice this spring. President Biden’s Cabinet is essentially the most various and skilled group of people that we’ve seen all through historical past. Not even 70 years have handed since we Native Americans had been allowed to vote, not to mention witness an informed, good, indigenous environmental activist that cares about what occurs to our land rise to the U.S Cabinet. She is inspiring for the generations of Native Americans and ladies all throughout the nation to come.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney solid a vote on the unsuitable facet of historical past when he didn’t assist her affirmation. As a member of the Senate Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, he ought to acknowledge that Utah’s public lands play a serious function in mitigating local weather change and work with Haaland to make sure that Utah’s deserts and mountains are a part of the Biden administration’s 30×30 initiative to shield nature, an initiative that Haaland is uniquely positioned to champion.
I assist you, Deb Haaland, and your efforts in preserving our lovely landscapes and oceans. We solely have one earth. This earth is our residence as residing creatures. We want to handle it for people who come after us, era after era.
I look ahead to seeing the milestones that President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland accomplish via the years for our nation, and I’m thrilled to see our indigenous people in the workplace as a result of it’s lengthy overdue.
Ahe’hee! May you at all times stroll in magnificence.
Alexis Jade Smith
Montezuma Creek, Utah
Diné Bizaad ought to by no means be used on one other planet
The capital of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock generally doesn’t inform the general public throughout the rez when an necessary matter comes up. Such as the newest topic of the Perseverance rover accumulating information and making discoveries by NASA’s program and utilizing our very personal sacred ceremonial phrases to title landmarks and options on planet Mars.
The Diné Bizaad ought to by no means be used on one other planet, interval!
By all means, this could not ever have occurred in the primary place by saying OK to use sacred phrases that’s used in Navajo ceremonial prayers that’s utilized by the medication males throughout the Navajo Nation.
We, as Navajo (Diné), have come a good distance, together with different Native Americans throughout Indian Country. We are the inhabitants of the Holy People that had been introduced and put each certainly one of us right here on Mother Earth centuries in the past as being the First Americans.
Our language and cultural lifestyle was given to us by the Holy People. The phrases used in Navajo prayers by a medication man are very sacred. Our elders earlier than us have include and carrying on the standard and cultural methods of life with prayers. They taught us to say prayers to the Holy People utilizing our personal language.
As I used to be rising up, I’ve heard conventional people in sure forms of ceremonial occasions at a bijii, squaw dance, or fireplace dance. They would level out and say, “You do not talk about the heavenly objects like stars, Mars or other planets, or anything that is existing beyond the skies.”
They say, “Don’t bother it, everything up there belongs to the Gods (our heavenly Father Sky, the air we breathe in, our Grandpa the Air, and our Father the Sun).”
Five-fingered human beings shall by no means transcend the white skies and darkish clouds that had been ordered by the Holy People when our people had been placed on earth. It was identified by the Creators, the Holy People, solely the sacred hen, an eagle, can go into Heaven past the white clouds. This is why eagle feathers and plumes are used in sure forms of ceremonies.
If a human being does transcend into the huge blue skies by spaceship, like NASA is doing, the entire world will mechanically get sick. Then, too, the legislation that was set by the Holy People shall be damaged. This just isn’t the primary time spaceship crews have been despatched into house to do particular missions. Other international locations are doing likewise apart from USA.
Because of visiting different planets, the world we dwell in as we speak just isn’t going proper. Numerous unhealthy and adverse issues are taking place such because the COVID-19 pandemic, shedding lives throughout the globe, bombings, shootings occurring all around the world, disasters popping up right here and there like flooding by heavy rainfall, tornadoes destroying issues to items, riots and attacking the U.S. Capitol in DC that occurred in January 2021, and the checklist goes on and on.
Here on our rez, we’ve got issues, too, like a few of us aren’t educating our youngsters and grandchildren our Native language and our people abusing alcohol, which everyone knows just isn’t new in any respect. It’s one of many main issues we face daily.
It’s unhappy that a few of our younger people are utilizing medicine. Drinking habits and doing medicine can create mass issues of every kind, it will possibly destroy lives and it will possibly kill. If you’re concerned with both one, steer clear of it. Always be on the intense facet of issues and luxuriate in life being clear.
The prime Navajo Nation officers in Window Rock want to hear and work along with the Navajo Medicine Man Association earlier than leaping to conclusions in making any fast agreements with the article I’ve written about, and most of all, the Navajo people will know what’s occurring firsthand earlier than remaining choices are made.
All of the Navajo people and the Navajo governmental officers in Window Rock ought to go instantly to the Navajo Medicine Man Association workplace in the event that they’re not sure on a selected ceremony or have a normal query on a conventional/cultural sort info.
It is claimed that the Hataalii are the keepers of Navajo information. They are conventional leaders, historians, storytellers, and they’re keepers of Navajo ceremonies associated to yadilhxil, cross-culture communication, linguistics, songs, prayers, and cultural knowledge. They are additionally consultants on historical Navajo cultural astronomical information and practices.
The members of the MMA are our leaders, our steering, and protectors, as we transfer on with our personal methods of conventional life with prayers to our sacred Holy People.
I wrote a letter to the editor a 12 months in the past or so to the Navajo Times explaining practitioner Larry Manygoats, who identified the Navajo translation for COVID-19 is Doo Yit’iinii Naalniih Ch’osh. Top officers of the Navajo Nation and Indian Health Service bought collectively and named COVID-19 “Pneumonia-19,” which isn’t the correct title that was given.
The MMA wished to change the Navajo title for the virus, but it surely by no means occurred. With not bothering to change the title accurately, many lives have been misplaced up to now.
Again, if you happen to’re in doubt of something or have a easy query in regards to ceremonial or conventional manner of issues, get some info and recommendation to do issues accurately from the Navajo Medicine Man Association.
Mariano Lake, N.M.