I take exception to a couple of statements (Letters, Sept. 6) by Ross Swimmer, assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs regarding the Hopi-Navajo dispute.
Swimmer says that the Navajos on Hopi land "are being offered the opportunity, however, to accept new housing, grazing lands and other benefits on the Navajo reservation." Not surprisingly, he neglects to mention that a major place on the Navajo reservation where the feds want to move these people is the Chamber-Saunders area.
This area is along the Rio Puerco, downstream from the largest nuclear spill ever, where a massive uranium-tailings dam collapsed and spilled radioactive water into the Rio Puerco on July 16, 1979.
Not only are "new housing, grazing lands and other benefits" not being offered at Big Mountain, but Navajos cannot build a structure (or even improve their homes) under the 1974 Public Law 93-531. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has not only reduced Navajo herds by 90%, but continues to kill and confiscate their sheep.