Opinion

Jamescita Peshlakai: Navajo project a threat to sacred site





Arizona State Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai (D) discusses the Grand Canyon Escalade, a tourism project proposed by the Navajo Nation:
I encourage our leaders to work to pursue more stable investments such as purchasing lands and businesses adjacent to the reservation borders so our people are not exploited.

We should be working with border towns, counties, the state and the greater nation to create enviro-tourism, agri-tourism, and working to hold our tribal sovereignty sacred above all. We have so many young people with vision, faith and hope to contribute to this economic expansion.

As I take part in traditional ceremonies and say daily prayers to our holy people I feel our obligation to Mother Earth has been forgotten, our prayers are fading as we forsake another site.

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Jamescita Peshlakai: What Affects Cameron, Arizona Is My Concern (Indian Country Today 5/29)