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Navajo Nation official to discuss sacred sites at SCIA hearing

Duane "Chili" Yazzie, the chairman of the Navajo Human Rights Commission, will testify at today's Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Yazzie will discuss sacred sites. He plans to call attention to the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona, where the federal government has allowed the use of reclaimed sewage to make snow.

"The use of wastewater contaminates and impinges on the sanctity and spiritual quality of the mountain," Yazzie states in his written testimony, The Farmington Daily Times reported. "This furthers the demise of our Earth Mother."

Yazzie is one of nine witnesses.

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Navajo Human Rights Commission gets five-minute testimony before Senate Committee (The Farmington Daily Times 6/9)

Committee Notice:
OVERSIGHT HEARING on Setting the Standard: Domestic Policy Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June 9, 2011)

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