I use the land like I did in younger years. In our tradition you never say this is my land. This is where I grew up with livestock, a cornfield. I am still using a lantern and haul water and wood. I live off my livestock and crops. There is no compensation from Peabody. I have no electricity, no running water. The roads are usually ungraded. I asked Peabody for help and the Black Mesa Review Board on numerous occasions. All the natural springs are depleted from the slurry pipeline. In the early dawn there is a lot of dust and smoke over the valley. We all have respiratory problems.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2015