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Navajo Times, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1974, Window Rock, Arizona Committee Moves On Land Dispute Bills Fannin Against More HearingsMarkUp Set For August 6 The Senate Interior and Insular Affaire Committee hat set August 6 as the tentative date for markup of a bill to bring to a legal resolution the NavaJoHopi land The scheduling of markup for next week means that the Senate Committee will meet to consider the four bills brought before the In the markup session the Commit tee will attempt to develop final legislation to be submitted for the consideration of the entire For a review of all four see page A Washington source close to the Interior Committee has told the Navajo Times al ovcuo I mm Publish Owned The Navajo Tribe Volume 16 Number 29 Window 10c August SIGNS OF PROTEST against bills that would partition the joint use area were displayed by the NavajoHopi Unity Caravan at seven cities In seven states on the way to This picture was taken in It Is Like A Nightmare Evelyn Roanhorse I Hope They Know What They Are Doing 1 cant believe it will happe Evelyn Roanhorse of Coal Mine Canyon said last Evelyn was a member of the NavajoHopi Unity Caravan which journeyed to Washington last week to ask individual Senators to work against the bills that would partition the jointuse Evelyn was expressing her disbelief that the Owens Bill or the GoldwaterFannin now under consideration in the Senate Interior would become Both these bills would divide the joint use area evenly between Navajo and thereby forcing the removal of over Navajos from their How can anyone think of kicking these people out of their homes Evelyn These men who want partition must have the wrong idea about how Indians feel about their This situation is not like building a freeway and telling people to move across I know many Navajos in the disputed area who nay the government will have shoot them before they 11 Evelyn paused for a minute and then added sadly The land is all these people Trying to take It away from them is like trying to kill the There was no tone of defiance in her voicebut rather a sense of bewilderment See B2 though the Committee will consider all four it will probably direct its attention primarily to the Owens The Owens Bill was passed by the House of Represenatlves If the Committee decides by majority vote to endorse the Owens BiU as it now the Bill would immediately be put on the Senate But the Washington source also noted that it is possible hat amendments to Bill could be proposed and agreed upon by the Should the Committee seek significant alteration of the Owens a conference would then convene combining desig nated members of both the Senate and the This conference would remain in session until all differences were resolved and would then submit a bill to the full The scheduling of mark up meant an apparent defeat of Senator James Abourezks announced intention to move for additional hearings on the land Abourezk annou nced at the end of last weeks hearings before the Interior Committee that he would move to have the Committee authori ze additional The Navajo Times has learned that as of Tuesday evening Abourezk had made no such motion to his fellow In terior Committee It was anticipated that Abourezk might enter a motion at a meeting of the Committee later See B2 Kee Tsosie Is Deeply Concerned I was born and raised in Indian on the Navajo Today Im one of the Chapter House offi Leader of my I am deeply concer ned about my My fa mily live within three miles from the disputed area but most of my relatives live within the disputed I strongly oppose bill 2424 because removal of Nava jo people will hurt the whole Navajo population on the entire This land was put there for the Navajos in the beginning and have lived here generation after We live off this land by livestock so has our Hop friends by If the Navajos are they will surely die of cold and We have no other place to What will happen to our children in schools What the United States vetera ns who have fought our wars What will happen to Navajo and Hopi intermarried couples Their children Navajos have been removed once already in 1864 so we cannot and must not let this happen TRADITIONALIST HOPI Thomas Blnyaca spoke to newsmen across the Binyaca explained the opposition of Hopi traditionalists to partition of the joint use Would Wait All A Five Hour Wait For A Two Minute Visit With Congressman Owens REX NEZ TSOSIE would be forced to leave his home if the Owens bill becomea Betty Tslnigine waited five and onehalf hours to see Co ngressman Wayne Owens of She got to see him for two Tainigine went with two Navajo Emet Tso and David to the offices of the Utah Democrat last The three were in Washington as part of the NavajoHopl Unity They wanted to apeak with Owens about his sponsorship of a bill to divide the joint use area a bill that would force over eight thousand Navajos to move from their When I got to his Tainigtne the secretary aaid that he might not be back until eleven oclock that It was one thirty but I told her I would Even if I had to sit there all day and all night I would Emet Tao and David June left Owens office at four to rejoin other members of the But Tttinlgine aat patiently and waiteddetermined to be there when Owens One of Owens staff brought her a Owens entered his office at I was glad to see Betty I got up shake his but he seemed upset with He just said Sit I got up and went over to him and shook his hand I could see in his eyes and the way he acted that he didnt want to see I asked him why he wanted to hurt the people by making them move See H i
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