Water on Black Mesa
Criminy crickets, I’ve been meaning to post this since Tuesday; lost it once in a browser-closure, and all the other times have had absolutely nothing to do with a certain promising game of Nethack, not at all. At any rate, an article in the L.A. Times last Sunday looked at ground water squabbles between the Navajo, the Hopi, and a coal mine; read it fast before it vanishes into the money-charging archives.
The story is chock full of quotes about connections between the earth and the sky and our toes, which fit very well into the popular “Indian sheds a single tear for your litterbug ways!” model of a monolithic Native American culture but don’t yield much insight into the technical or political issues involved, and the political issues are fascinating. The technical issues are fascinating too, but of course this is exactly my line of work, so who knows what the general public would think. Nevertheless, I’m surprised that there were no statements from the activist with “a Master’s degree” on the scientific merits and demerits of the coal mine’s technical report.
Not that I’d accuse anyone of allowing a healthy interest in the spiritual relationship between a land and its native peoples to degrade a piece of journalism; I’m just sayin’.