Monday, June 28, 2010

Native American Indian Scholars against Arizona Racism - Navajo Nation Lawmakers against Arizona Laws of Racial Profiling and forbidding ethnic studie

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Native American Indian Scholars against Arizona Racism - Navajo Nation Lawmakers against Arizona Laws of Racial Profiling and forbidding ethnic studies


The Narcosphere
American Indian Scholars urge Arizona Boycott over Racist Legislation
By Brenda Norrell


American Indian Scholars urge Arizona Boycott over Racist Legislation



Some excerpts :

TUCSON -- American Indian scholars condemned Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and related legislation targeting ethnic studies on Wednesday. American Indian scholars urged a boycott of Arizona and announced plans to join a Tucson protest on Friday.

Already, the boycott of Arizona is having an impact. An Arizona utility official threatened to cut off power to Los Angeles as payback over the Arizona boycott stemming from the same legislation. Meanwhile, Seattle and San Francisco joined the US cities boycotting Arizona.

Simon Ortiz, professor, poet and author from Acoma Pueblo, was among 50 Indigenous and American Indian scholars who signed a statement calling for an economic boycott of Arizona.

“Clearly, and bluntly, the state law is racist and discriminatory against so-called ‘illegal immigrants’ crossing the borders from the South, namely from Mexico,” said Ortiz, a Native American studies professor at Arizona State University, in reference to SB 1070. “Many of the border crossers are Indigenous peoples who are directly affected. Without any doubt, the law is wrong-headed; it targets people who fit a certain profile.”

Indigenous and American Indian Studies scholars say that SB 1070 and the recent passage into law of HB 2281, which bans the teaching of ethnic studies in public schools, are violations of human rights.

“As Native intellectuals, it is important that we not enable this legislative activity,” said Julia Good Fox, Pawnee professor, who signed the statement. “I’m disappointed in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association officers because they have chosen to disregard the boycott. SB 1070 and HB 2281 are dangerous for Indian Country so I hope that Tribal governments and organizations will honor the boycott and put pressure on Arizona to overturn these laws.”

Scholars who reside in Arizona or neighboring Indian Nation Lands plan to attend the “Indigenous Peoples Against SB 1070/HB228” rally scheduled for 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Friday, May 21, 2010 at the U.S. Immigration Court, 160 North Stone Ave., Tucson. This event is open to the public.

Jennifer Denetdale, Navajo who received her doctorate degree in history from Northern Arizona University, will be among the guests discussing the legislation on the live Native America Calling radio program on Thursday, www.nativeamericacalling.com

INDIGENOUS AND NATIVE STUDIES SCHOLARS OF CONSCIENCE STATEMENT
We, scholars in Indigenous and Native studies, vigorously protest SB 1070, its amendment HB 2162, and HB 2281, a law that prohibits ethnic studies. Because these Arizona laws instigate vicious attacks on the human rights of Indigenous, immigrant, and peoples of color communities, we seek to honor the economic boycott of the state of Arizona.


Examiner.com

June 8, 2010

Navajo Nation Council opposes AZ immigration law

Some excerpts :

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (Map, News) -
Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation have voted to formally oppose Arizona's tough new immigration law.

The Navajo Nation Council voted against the immigration law Tuesday during a special session in Window Rock.

Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay sponsored the measure. He says he sees the immigration law as an attempt to harass American Indians, who can resemble Mexican nationals.
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