Native Americans in AZ

What happens when Native Americans in Arizona attempt to stop construction of an oil refinery on sacred lands? Lots and lots of racist rhetoric.

According to the NY Times, Arizona is

“one of the fastest-growing parts of the country and a place where developers are increasingly running up against newly powerful but tradition-minded American Indian leaders.”

Don’t you just love the part about Native American leaders being “newly powerful”?

…or this

“Like the land itself, the fight over the refinery reflects a tangle of cultures and centuries of bitterness between Indians and newcomers.”

I wonder why Native Americans in Arizona might be “bitter” with “newcomers” (code for white people)?

…and then

“Business and political leaders in Yuma argue that it’s little more than a land grab…a dubious attempt by the tribe to block much-needed development and assert claims to territory lost long ago.”

Can we talk about land grabs that were perhaps a little less civil?

…it keeps going

“It has also brought resentment of the tribe’s newfound clout to the surface.”

Umm. Yes, brown people with power always seems to bring out the “resentment.”

…there’s more

“Casey Prochaska, chairwoman of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors, adds: “My grandmother probably went across here in a covered wagon. This country didn’t stop because they walked over this land.”

Yes, “they” walked over the land and your grandmother et al. walked over “them.”


“It’s a question of how far does their sphere of influence go,” says Ken Rosevear, executive director of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. “Does it go clear to Phoenix? To Las Vegas? The whole West?”

Yes, (white folks better) watch out for the burgeoning “sphere of influence” of Native Americans in the West.