Senator McCain On His Legislative History of Human Rights Violations

The ACSA challenges Senator McCain on his legislative history of Human
Rights Violations: "a Skeleton in his closet: UNFIT to hold public

(Public Law 93-531 as amended in 1996 (Partition), 1999 (Settlement),
2001 (Enforcement of Resettlement) and 2005 (Expansion of
Resettlement) by bills introduced by Senator McCain - has led to the
United Nations Special Rapporteur, Hon Abdeltalif Amor's condemnation
of human rights violations inside the US, over the stripping of rights
and forced resettlement of these gentle and deeply spiritual band of
Dineh-Navajo Indians from Arizona, swept off of lands they'd owned
since 1500 A.D. so that Peabody Western Coal could mine the Coal from
beneath their farmlands and tap their wells to slurry pipe it to a
power station in Nevada).

ACSA study reveals that after assembling a team of "pro-
Peabody Western Coal" Indians and obtaining a false "Hopi-Navajo"
Tribal Counsel designation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for these
paid Tribal representatives, in the period 1974-1996, Senator McCain
was able to get large bands of the Dineh-Navajo relocated off their
lands, so that Peabody Western could mine the coal under their farms
at nominal expense. Common Cause has suggested McCain was indirectly
compensated by street name cash contributions to his Federal Election
Fund during three Presidential runs, and through family business with
Las Vegas Casinos who benefited from the coal driven power he

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(Advances Magazine - February 5, 2008)

A public research website: has brought
together diverse historical elements of factual proof that Senator
John McCain's was the key "point man" introducing, enacting and
enforcing law that removed Dineh-Navajo Families from their
reservation on the Black Mesa in Arizona. The McCain revised law
relocated them to Church's Hill, Nevada (a Nuclear Waste Superfund
Site, called "the New Lands" in PL 93-531). The Dineh-Navajo, a deeply
spiritual and peaceful people, engaged in only peaceful resistance to
being moved off lands they'd owned since 1500 A.D. Nonetheless, the
Public Press and UN depicted brutalization, rights deprivation and
forcible relocation.

According to the website (and the United Nations studies) a small band
of Indians claiming to be of the "Hopi-Navajo" band (an impossibility
as Hopi is the parent culture of all Indian tribes), consisting of 3-5
local Arizona individuals assembled originally by Kennecott attorney
John Boyden, Esq (Kennecott is a predecessor owner of the Peabody
Western Group) and Congressman Wayne Owens, progressively laid claim
to more and more of the lands actually owned by the "Dineh-Navaho" and
subsequently offered the "Dineh's" coal rights to Peabody Western
Group at nominal cost, while laws enacted by McCain, the Senate and
signed into law, forced the relocation of the Dineh-Navajo.

Senator McCain and his predecessors introduced legislation (S1973-1
and S.1003) which they claimed were justified by what has turned out
to be a non-existent range war between the Dineh (mainly consisting of
grandfathers and grandmothers in their 70's living on farmlands that
had belonged to their tribe since 1500 AD) and the Hopi (the 3-5
individuals rapidly assembled to assist Peabody Western Group by
Senator McCain, Congressman Owens and John Boyden).

Subsequently, as the Dineh were removed from their farms by the
"Relocation Commission" authorized by the US Senate at the behest of
the revisions to the Public Law 93-531 introduced as S.1973-1 (1996
Partition) and S.1003 (2001 and 2005 accelerated removal of the Dineh
by amendment) by Senator McCain, expanded Coal Mining Rights to their
lands were granted to Peabody Western who with Bechtel Corp, have been
mining the lands formerly occupied by the Dineh, and piping the coal
to the Mohave Generating Station in Nevada, which serves the Las Vegas
and Reno areas power needs. A map of the Mining and Piping operations
are found depicted below.

Not that long ago, the United Nations performed a Human Rights
Investigation of the forced Navajo resettlement from Arizona to
Nevada, under Special Rapporteur A. Amor. A law revised and submitted
to Congress by Senator John McCain and others before him was
determined to be the root cause of violations, which after
ratification by President Clinton in 1999 during a globally publicized
sit in by Songstress Julia Butterfly Hill at Big Mountain, Arizona.
The enactment led to the removal of the Dineh band of Navajo from the
Black Mesa to free the lands up to mining, and could lead to
relocation of the Dineh-Navaho from Big Mountain, all based on a
tissue of deceit, false claims of prior ownership by a small group of
paid Arizona locals of Indian descent led by one Wayne Taylor, working
for McCain and Peabody. To quote the UN website
( :

"The Black Mesa region in Arizona, USA is home to the indigenous
communities of the Dineh (Navajo) and Hopi peoples. This region also
contains major deposits of coal which are being extracted by North
America's largest strip mining operation. The coal mines have had a
major impact on families in the region. Local water sources have been
poisoned, resulting in the death of livestock. Homes near the mines
suffer from blasting damage. The coal dust is pervasive, as well as
smoke from frequent fires in the stockpiles. Not coincidentally, the
people in the area have an unusually high incidence of kidney and
respiratory disease. "

"The Dineh (otherwise known as Navajo) were stripped of all land
title and forced to relocate. Their land was turned over to the coal
companies without making any provisions to protect the burial or
sacred sites that would be destroyed by the mines. People whose lives
were based in their deep spiritual and life-giving relationship with
the land were relocated into cities, often without compensation,
forbidden to return to the land that their families had occupied for
generations. People became homeless with significant increases in
alcoholism, suicide, family break up, emotional abuse and death. "

-- Marsha Monestersky for the UN Commission on Human Rights and
Women Enacting Change at the UN

"The forcible relocation of over 10,000 (Dineh) Navajo people is a
tragedy of genocide and injustice that will be a blot on the
conscience of this country for many generations."

-- Leon Berger, Executive Director, Navajo-Hopi Indian
Relocation Commission upon resignation in 2001

"I feel that in relocating these elderly people, we are as bad as
the Nazis that ran the concentration camps in World War II."

-- Roger Lewis, federally appointed Dineh Relocation
Commissioner upon resignation in 1998

"I believe that the forced relocation of Navajo and Hopi people
that followed from the passage in 1974 of Public Law 93-531 is a major
violation of these people's human rights. Indeed this forced
relocation of over 12,000 Native Americans is one of the worst cases
of involuntary community resettlement that I have studied throughout
the world over the past 40 years."

-- Thayer Scudder, Professor of Anthropology, California
Institute of Technology in a letter to Mr. Abdelfattah Amor, UN
Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance in 1999

According to, as verified by the Library of
Congress and the Congressional Record, Senator McCain, as author and
as chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, created the final
agreement and amended 1974 Act as captained through the Senate in
1996. Senator McCain proposed a land partitioning scheme which led to
the construction of a fence along the Dineh Range blocking their
ability to field range their cattle (PL S.1973-1 1996 Dineh Proposal
for Land Partitioning), eventually leading to seizure of their cattle
for bridging the fence, and capping of their wells, which water was
then sequestered for use by Peabody Western Group.

In what can only be called a miscarriage of justices, a grossly
misinformed Supreme Court
01-1375.pdf) unfortunately upheld the right of Peabody Western Group
to mine the lands vacated by the Dineh under the law that forcibly
relocated them, and for the Dineh to be compensated for only $2500 per
farm seized by Peabody for mining under the auspices of the Bureau of
Mines, royalties paid solely to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the
Navaho Resettlement Act P.L. 93-531 (as amended). License fees for
coal under Dineh lands were never turned over to the Dineh-Navajo by
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and have simply just "disappeared"
according to the budget director of the BIA, allegedly used for
contractor cleanups of Peabody's strip mines (cit. ref. on

In its 2007 study of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee's support for
Peabody's mine and tapping of wells for mining in the Dineh's
territories, the current Special Rapporteur's (Hon. Abdel. Amor)
office of the UN Human Rights Commission is quoted as stating :

"There are other detrimental impacts due to government failure to
enforce environmental regulations. The presence of the mine and the
use of the water source were destroying the Navajo and Hopi cultures.
Both the aquifer and the land are sacred to the Hopi and Navajo
tribes." (see UN website).

The ACSA website "Am I My Brother's Keeper" (
goes into the greatest detail of the history of this tragic series of
events, accurately showing how Senator McCain and others capitalized
on the tragic relocation of the gentle tribe of artisans, elders and
grandmothers that has had such horrible consequences.

The ACSA believes in this Election Year that the behavior of each and
every candidate or any political affiliation be brought to light in
the Public Eye.

ACSA has determined that the law in question (25 U.S.C. 640d-11) has
been amended many times, since it's introduction by Congressman Wayne
Owens, and signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974. Among the
key amendments introduced by Senator McCain were the organization of a
Hopi-Navajo Resettlement Commission (a Commission actually charged
with relocating the Dineh-Navaho) and modifying the Settlement
allegedly agreed to by the Hopi-Navajo to remove any Dineh who sought
sanctuary legally under their membership in the Hopi "parent culture"
of all Indians in America. These and other amendments were introduced
by Senator McCain as public law in 1996 through 1999, and some were
submitted to the Senate and House in 2005 as PL S.1003, subsequently
incorporated into the language of the 2005 amendment of 25 U.S.C.
40d-11, all to rig the situation for the Senator's sponsors, Peabody
Western Coal Company (Peabody Group today) and Bechtel, who operates
the Mohave Generating Station, so they could more easily remove the
coal from the Dineh-Navaho's rightful properties.

Within the legal maneuverings of Senator McCain, the non-existent
tribal counsel, called: the "Hopi-Navajo Counsel", made up of Peabody
Group proxies of local Kayenta, Arizona area origin, surfaced false
claims of prior ownership and eminent domain, and then successfully
testified before the Senate (the Dineh were not invited to testify
about their own fate before the Senate by Senator McCain, leading to a
hue and cry in 1999) and demanded the removal of the rightful
landowners, the Dineh-Navajo, claiming "encroachment on lands granted
us by President Chester A. Arthur." They demand completion of the
removal of the Dineh-Navaho from the Black Mesa and Big Mountain.

Or course, as it turns out, the term "Hopi" refers to all Indians
everywhere in the USA, and not any single tribal unit. The testimony
by alleged "Hopis" from Arizona who count in number some five
individuals, has with the help of Senator McCain, managed to testify
at every hearing without the Senate every once questioning whether
such a tribe exists, or whether it has rights to the territories
which, now with many of the Dineh-Navajo having been forcibly removed,
some 25,000 families and growing, are now being mined by Peabody Group
in Black Mesa, with its sights set on Big Mountain.

For an example of testimony by the fake Hopi tribal counsel: leader
Wayne Taylor, at Senate Hearings on the forcible resettlement of the
Dineh Navajo, tried to claim encroachment of lands he claimed "were
occupied by our people for 1000 years", falsely alleging that the
Navajo were relative newcomers. The claims are historical falsehoods,
as the Navajo and all Indian Tribes of America are sub-units of the
overall Hopi, which term refers to all Indian Tribes.
(see Wayne Taylor's statement before the Senate:

The behavior by Senator John McCain in manipulating the laws and
circumstances of this horrific affair is pervasively criminal, in the
ACSA's opinion, and also quite worthy of the prosecution and
incarceration of Senator McCain, and his associates in sponsorship of
the bills, the proxy Hopi "wooden indians" bought and paid for by
McCain and Peabody, and the profiteering from the coal mining of the
Black Mesa, for Criminal Fraud, Conspiracy and Misconduct of Office.
ACSA would further not be in a position to hand McCain any endorsement
in his Presidential run, we opine and consider his election, the
election of a known criminal, would ultimately damage the United
States in ways as of yet not conceived.

Hence: "Am I My Brother's Keeper" -- visit it
and view a remarkable film online for free: VANISHING PRAYER, which
film cinematically documents many of the tragic events that led to
this ongoing Holocaust.

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