'Diné Minds' tries to bridge gap between government, governed
By Alastair Lee Bitsóí
WINDOW ROCK, Jan. 23, 2014
(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)
But what about the voices of concerned Navajos like Janene Yazzie of Diné Minds, a coalition whose focus is bridging the communication gap between elected leaders and the Navajo public?
“It's not grassroots per se," Yazzie said about Diné Minds. “These are people from different political backgrounds who engage in constructive and critical dialogue."
According to Diné Minds, one of the latest examples of their voices being ignored was when the Navajo Nation Council on Dec. 27 passed a bill that allowed the Navajo Transitional Energy Company to acquire Navajo Mine from BHP New Mexico Coal. The $85 million purchase has been and continues to be opposed by environmental groups like Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, who don't agree with the tribe waiving its some of its sovereignty.
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