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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.
Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.
The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.
I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.
Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.
But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.
Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.
I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.
A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.
Free the Navajo. Give them choice.