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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa.

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"Haskie and Long are getting their electricity this month thanks to a project to connect 300 homes with the help of volunteer utility crews from across the U.S.

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority typically connects from 400 to 450 homes a year, chipping away at the 15,000 scattered, rural homes without power on the 27,000-square-mile (43,000-square-kilometer) reservation that lies in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

At that rate, it will take the tribal utility about 35 more years to get electricity to the 60,000 of the reservation's 180,000 residents who don't have it."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-19 12:55 AM | Reply

Whadabout solar?

#2 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2019-05-19 02:52 AM | Reply

Solar? For a society stricken with chronic poverty? I wonder if we can come up with something more affordable...

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-05-19 07:31 AM | Reply

It would be impossible to exaggerate the importance of the role Navajo language communicators provided this nation on Navy radio communications in the Pacific during WWII. Absolutely vital to our timely victory.

The Navajo poverty on display around the Grand Canyon is a national disgrace. We can and must do better. Cutting the defense budget is the key to a better life for all of us.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-05-19 10:24 AM | Reply

OK, Navajo people are ranchers, they keep sheep and horses. They keep truck patches, get some commodities from the fed. They believe living out in the res is healthier, away from the liquor stores. They have a different culture. Different values. Different measures of status. The irony is many of these folk already have power. Portable gens to power their frig and lights, or a couple of panels to do the same. You can buy a solar kit for about 400 bucks powerful enough to run a frig. Poverty is in the eye of the beholder.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 06:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 06:06 AM |

Oh for the love of god just shut up you idiot

#6 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-20 06:38 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 06:06 AM | R

And slaves were happy they sang out in the fields while picking cotton and they just love the mastah there was no point ending slavery right docnjo.

Jesus freakin christ!

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-20 06:45 AM | Reply

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum, Why not go to a res and meet some of the people you seem to be such as expert about. You will find poverty, and alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, rape, and it is all run and maintained by your friendly Federal government. While you are at it, ask about their free health care.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 10:12 AM | Reply

How long has electricity been around? And now they have to depend on the white man to bring it? Why couldnt they do it themselves? Dont casino's make enough to pay for this?

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-20 10:58 AM | Reply

"And now they have to depend on the white man to bring it? Why couldn't they do it themselves? "

So what? You depended on white men to bring your ancestors to America. I'm sure they couldn't have done it by themselves either.

#10 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-05-20 11:07 AM | Reply

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#9 | Posted by boaz, The area is remote, few roads, and the population is spread across a wide area. Cost prohibitive for individuals. They would have saved money with gens running on propane, providing both at no charge. Let's see, It cost about 11,000 a mile for a transmission line. Many of these folks live 3 to 4 miles from their neighbors. Maintenance and repair of transmission lines is not cheep ether.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 11:15 AM | Reply

one of my clients supplies propane to an indian reservation. most of it goes to the casino and hotel......

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2019-05-20 11:18 AM | Reply

You depended on white men to bring your ancestors to America. I'm sure they couldn't have done it by themselves either.

No, we wouldnt have come in the first place. My ancestors were forced here. They were taken by african chiefs in war and sold to your ancestors.

#13 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-20 11:42 AM | Reply

#11,

Understood Docnjo, but I'm talking about the community as a whole, not individuals.

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-20 11:42 AM | Reply

#14 Because generalizations are the only thing you've got.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-20 11:46 AM | Reply

"Because generalizations are the only thing you've got"

He was trying to make some sort of political point. Unfortunately, the tip broke off when he was trying to sharpen it.

#16 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-05-20 11:49 AM | Reply

Boaz' ancestors were defeated by African warlords? Sounds like his ancestors were a bunch of betas.

#17 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-05-20 11:55 AM | Reply

Boaz' ancestors were defeated by African warlords?

Yep. Most of the slaves were sold to white people by Africans who took people in war or raids. Africa is the original source of slavery and where it all started. That's why I say f*c5 africa, it has done nothing for me.

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-20 11:59 AM | Reply

#18 | Posted by boaz, Well, it did get your ancestors to the USA.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 12:59 PM | Reply

"They were taken by african chiefs in war and sold to your ancestors"

My ancestors were in living in Switzerland, Ireland and the Ukraine. They were busy NOT invading Africa and other third world nations, NOT oppressing and killing brown-skinned Americans, and NOT enslaving human beings to their culture.

As a result, I have a tendency NOT to side with those nowadays that still do, or for that matter, with their facilitators.

#20 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-05-20 01:09 PM | Reply

Driving across Tribal Lands to CA from TX in the late 70's was an eye opener for me; I had never seen such poverty and hopelessness even having lived through the 60's exposure of Southern black poverty and racial injustice in this country.

I had read Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" in the earlier part of that decade, been a fan of the movie "Little Big Man" which came out the same year, 1970, but until I had seen the Res and all it's misery that was all distant and vague, not immediate and real.

The Res was set up to fail and segregate the tribes from our wealth while integrating them into our culture with no concern for theirs. Much like the laws passed after the Civil War to do the same to black citizens.... who were worth at least 3/5's a white man, where the red man was worth nothing at all, only really "good" if they were dead.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2019-05-20 01:31 PM | Reply

#21 | Posted by Corky

Been through several reservations myself over the years, and spent a few weeks at a couple of them. Very sad state of affairs. "Out of sight is out of mind" seems to be the U.S. motto insofar as native Americans are concerned.

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-20 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#20 | Posted by NerfHerder My folks came over during the 16th & 17th century, part of that surplus humanity Henry VIII and every monarch till Cromwell sent over after he robed every one within the "pail" of their land. They didn't ask to come but on to boats they went. A lot of Scots came over that way too. Troublesome areas and individuals were sent to the colonies by force. I guess they were not Beta enough to lay down and take it.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-20 07:28 PM | Reply

#21 | Posted by Corky, You wouldn't believe the number of full blooded native people who don't live on the res. Spent a lot of my carrier with several in the Army. Some escape the Res. They all said it was the best thing they ever did for themselves. As a Sioux guy told me when I ask why anyone stays in these hell holes, he told me, "It's like being married to a bear, it gives you a sense of security while it screws you".

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-21 06:34 AM | Reply

A little fact for y'all. My father did not live in a house with running water or electric power till he was 18. He survived.

#25 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-21 07:02 AM | Reply

"A little fact for y'all. My father did not live in a house with running water or electric power till he was 18. He survived."

Explains a thing or three. There's a difference between the ability to not die due to your circumstances and the ability to thrive.

#26 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-05-21 08:13 AM | Reply

#26 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine Big difference between cotton patch trash like my family and the wretches that inhabit the res. He might have come from nothing, but he believed he could do better. Dependency is a cancer on the soul.

#27 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-21 10:28 AM | Reply

Next we need to extend the interstate system to Hawaii. Some places are too remote to serve and should generate their own power locally. See solar.

#28 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-05-21 10:38 AM | Reply

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