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Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s Video News Update. With this video update, Indian Country Today will bring you some of our top stories to hit the site.
“There will be ‘No Path Forward” for a Navajo Nation coal plant takeover
Last week the Salt River Project announced that it had reached an impasse in its negotiations with the Navajo Nation to transfer ownership of the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired electricity plant. The Navajo Nation created an enterprise to continue the plant, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company. As Salt River Project spokesman Scott Harrelson told The Arizona Republic. "We don't see a path forward.”
According to the article by Mark Trahant - There is one fundamental reason for that: liability. The Salt River Project would like to have a hard number on its costs to clean up the site. The Navajo Nation, through its enterprise, is willing to invest a significant amount of money to do so. Both the Salt River Project partners and the Navajo Nation are keen to limit cleanup costs which could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. According to research editor Karl Cates: “It’s a big mess that Peabody Energy would love to walk away from.” The Navajo Nation continues to press for some kind of deal. The closure of the plant also means the end of the Peabody Kayenta Coal mine, whose owners have mined and burned coal on the Navajo Nation for 50 years. The future of coal, which as an industry produces 28.4% of greenhouse gases due to creating electricity, is struggling as renewable energies such as solar and wind are becoming cheaper and more efficient. According to The Energy Information Administration, last year was the lowest consumption of coal in nearly 40 years.
Devery Jacobs cast as Sam Black Crow in Starz network show ‘American Gods’
Mohawk actress Devery Jacobs, known for her work in such shows and films as Mohawk Girls, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and Cardinal on CTV, has told the public on social media, joined by American Gods on Monday, about her portrayal of the character Sam Black Crow. Last Tuesday, Jacobs posted simply, “Call me Sam.” American Gods is a television show on the Starz network based on the Neil Gaiman novel. Jacobs plays Black Crow, a half-Cherokee hitchhiker that travels with the main character Shadow Moon played by Ricky Whittle. Season 2 begins March 10.
Alex Jones on Joe Rogan show says: ‘Native Americans you can mind control really fast’
On February 27, radio host Joe Rogan brought radio show host and Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones onto his livestreamed podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” — which has already received over 7.7 million views since being posted last Wednesday — Jones talked of several conspiracies over a four-hour period to including that he was 6% Comanche and that Native Americans are easy to mind-control. CLIP
Alex Jones who has received criticism, as well as support for the comments, emailed me this statement at Indian Country Today. "I myself, am at least 6% Native American, and I am proud of my heritage. I was speaking in general, about how Germans follow orders and are very ‘group-think’ once the war starts; how Native Americans do it, and it is well-known; but particularly with the Chinese, Vietnamese, etc. All groups go into ‘group-think’ once they are in a war. But it is in particular with certain groups and historians have noted that, but have fun with your political correctness," wrote Jones in the email.
Navajo master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete talk shop with Indian Country Today
A lot of very talented weavers have come out of the Navajo Nation, including a pair of master weaver siblings and fifth-generation sisters from Two Grey Hills — Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete. They told Indian Country Today how they had followed in the footsteps of their mother Ruth, whose rugs were so prized that collectors often purchased them right off the loom. The duo is known today for their traditional Two Grey Hills patterns identified by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design that uses natural-colored, hard-carded, and hand-spun wool with a high weft count. Check out some of their work in the article.
Those are a few of our top stories, be sure to also check out other popular stories this week to include “Seven things we learned about the president from Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony” “Bacone College back from the brink of closure by returning to its Indian Country roots” and our archive article “13 Images: Remembering the Occupation of Wounded Knee” which honors the recent anniversary of the Occupation of Wounded Knee, when on On February 27, 1973, when an approximate 250 Native Americans led by members of the American Indian Movement came to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee.
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