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Published On: Fri, Dec 14th, 2012

EDITORIAL: Foreign outreach is a Critical Pillar of Navajo Nation Global Engagement

Dec. 13 | Publisher, Alexander Chambers.

Foreign Policy shaping in Native America

As the Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and the First lady travel through Israel, they are setting the tone for the Nation- a global opportunity is now in reach for the largest Tribe in the U.S. this will brand the Tribe as a viable partner in global progress.

This partnership with Israel is what will set the tone for other future Foreign and International outreach that will Brand the Navajo Nation as a true sovereign nation and to become a global leader at the table of global interest in future policy.

This notion that we should not let our Tribal leaders travel to other Nations, is ludicrous. This daffy notion that leaders should not spend Tribal Resources is even more absurd. We might as well say, “Lets hitch hike to Israel” which is even more maniacal, because you can’t.

In order for the Navajo Nation to become a global player, the fact is the core issues can only be negotiated in direct talks between the parties. It’s what will set the stage in this 21st Century for the Navajo Nation in global policy- creating that direct relationship, for an everlasting partnership is key for a successful partnership.

Extreme Environmental activist that say, “Is he learning how to farm food, or weapons of mass destruction?” and referring to the Presidents visit to Israel, as the “latest in a long list of human rights violations” and mocking the Jewish people is just plain wrong and un-American.

Nor does this trip signify the Navajos are siding with Israel in its long-standing disputes with the Palestinians either, but only as an interest between two strong Nations. We are setting the stage for the Navajo Nation to be a viable leader in global policy shaping Native America in a whole new way of global order. Now is the time to support the Navajo Nation to become a leader in Native America.

In the past President Obama said, “America’s commitment to Israel’s security flows from a deeper place — and that’s the values we share.  As two people who struggled to win our freedom against overwhelming odds, we understand that preserving the security for which our forefathers — and foremothers — fought must be the work of every generation.  As two vibrant democracies, we recognize that the liberties and freedoms we cherish must be constantly nurtured.  And as the nation that recognized the State of Israel moments after its independence, we have a profound commitment to its survival as a strong, secure homeland for the Jewish people…”

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  1. how can you be both a Navajo nationalist and espouse an ‘un-American” critique. ?

  2. First, there is no partnership with Israel. It’s only a trip. Second, the trip was funded and organized by groups that we don’t know anything about. How are you strengthening sovereignty by allowing your president to become a propaganda ploy for a country with an abysmal human rights record. Third, there is an ongoing and well-publicized campaign to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel and Israeli goods, similar to the campaign against apartheid South Africa. NN prez foolishly crossed this line without accessing where the world community sits on the issue. Related to this point, if the NN really wants to engage the international community, it can start by taking heed to how it has interpreted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What was the vote at the UN assembly to give Palestine observer status? Check it out, and then check who the countries who voted against it.

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EDITORIAL: Foreign outreach is a Critical Pillar of Navajo Nation Global Engagement