Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | GrandCanyonTourGuide.com
Navajo-Hopi Observer | Flagstaff, Arizona

home : opinions : opinions May 26, 2016

11/5/2013 10:48:00 AM
Letter to the editor: Horse roundup or horse death march?

Letter to the editor:

Good morning, Leland Grass, (and to all the riders alongside Leland whether in spirit or in the saddle).

Last night I was meditating on you and your work, ALL of your work - actor, musician, film producer, sheep herder, warrior, keeper of the medicine, activist, defender of the earth... and I was sending you strength, respect, and love to take with you on your most difficult undertaking so far - ally and warrior for horse rights.

It suddenly hit me that the term "horse roundup" should be changed to what it really is. Roundup implies something less nefarious, like a rodeo show. What is happening with the horses is not entertainment. It is not something to be applauded before one heads to the concession stand for souvenirs and fry bread (while conveniently forgetting the fact the animals aren't enjoying the show).

What is really going on here is not a roundup but a "trail of horse tears." It is a "horse death march." This is a walk of shame of the worst kind. Because we as collective keepers and protectors of the animals should be doing what we were put here to do - keep and protect. That there are so many two legged who have traded heart and spirit for quick cash and have embraced murdering those we have been entrusted by the Spirit to protect and respect is unconscionable.

The medicine we can learn from the horse is one of the strongest and purest in the world. How did we come to a place where murdering our teachers is acceptable? Leland, stay tall and strong in the saddle. Stay pure in your heart. Keep speaking the truth and defending our ancient elders, the horse. May the reins stay loose in your hands and your horse carry you softly and swiftly ever closer to your selfless goal. Thank you.

What I wish to add: Question? How is it possible that there is sufficient funds to gas up trucks and planes and hire people to drive those vehicles over vast distances to force horses to slaughter-yet these same people claim there isn't enough money to care for the horses though sterilization programs? Just another example of forked tongue!

Catharine Jai Orellana

    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Mapmaker continues quest to document indigenous cultures
New documentary focuses on Native American veterans on Navajo Nation
Letter to the editor: Where do children learn to speak fluent Navajo?
Delegate Edmund Yazzie continues work for Thoreau, N.M. clinic
Pirates of the Navajo Nation under attack

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Flagstaff, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

Find It Opinions Features Submit Extras Other Publications
Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Navajo-Hopi Observer is the information source for the Navajo and Hopi Nations and Winslow area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, nhonews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved