More trucks heading to the Navajo Nation

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Yesterday on the radio program Glenn discussed one of the 12 communities that the Restoring Love food drive trucks went to, Navajo Nation.

Terra , a member of the Mercury One staff, traveled to New Mexico for the drop off on the reservation and described the poverty she saw as unlike anything she had ever seen. “It was like traveling to another country,” she said.

This is how Terra described her trip out to Navajo Nation:

“There were approximately 500 individuals there waiting to receive food. Pastor Robert gave a blessing. During that time he specifically wanted to thank both your organization, Glenn, and also Mercury One. He said they’ve not seen this kind of outreach before. The local media came out to cover it and they shared with us that the local media does not come out to the reservation unless there is a shooting or a death. He said that in the 12 years that he has been there on the reservation, he has not seen them come out for anything other than a shooting or a death. So, that was pretty moving.”

You can watch Glenn talk to Terra about her time with the Navajo people yesterday here:

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Glenn explained yesterday that Navajo are a very proud and private people. Terra described that the pastor kept encouraging them on was to ask for help if they need it, reach out to your neighbor.

This morning on radio he took a few minutes to give update listeners on the Navajo Nation. Glenn, who had just had another meeting during the break about what happened with the food drop off yesterday, explained that the Navajo Nation is a third world country within our own borders.

“These guys are amazing, just amazing,” he said. “They were so grateful.”

The Navajo’s had explained to the Mercury One crew that the media never covers them unless there has been a death or something else negative.

The stories coming out of the area reminded him a little of Wilmington, a town in Ohio that was ravaged by the recession. Glenn and his team produced a Christmas show in Wilmington in 2010.

“We’re going to do something really cool for the Navajo nation. I mean, these, they’re still alive. The Windtalkers’, the guys who were the code that the Nazis couldn’t break, the Japanese couldn’t break? Those guys are still alive. Those guys are powerful, strong Americans, and nobody pays attention to them,” Glenn said.

While one food truck has already made a delivery to the area, Glenn announced on radio that Mercury One was sending their second food truck out there now.

“We just didn’t know how bad things were,” Glenn explained.

Despite the hardships in the area, the Mercury One team reported that there was an incredibly positive and uplifting attitude among the members of the community.

Terra explained, “I don’t think that I ever realized just how independent that - and proud, like (Glenn) said, the Navajos, especially, are.  That was one of the things that the pastor kept encouraging them on was if you need help, ask for it, reach out to your neighbor because they’re very private people, also.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The church food closet I used to volunteer at had a fellow volunteer by the name of Cordova, who lived on the Navajo reservation. He described conditions there with his family, and it did open my eyes to the challenges they face.

    May God bless the efforts of those who dontate the food and goods, who donate of time and means to transport it and bring it to those in need; may God provide that those lives He can reach in need have the waves of despair and need replaced with the waves and ripples of hope and joy as love of our fellow mankind is shown and shared with one another in so many ways and means.

    May it all be done in accordance to His will and purpose, for His glory and honor, and that we may testify of him with our deeds and lives.

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Glenn,
    There are only about 3 charities I regularly donate to. Animal, disaster relief, and Indian charities. And lately I’ve had cynical thoughts about the Indian charities, never really knowing if my donation is going where I would hope it would be. 
    I’ve seen the gut wrenching poverty on the reservations up close and personal. Worse than the poverty of money is the poverty of spirit. I know what ever I send is a drop in their bucket of need.
    If you are going to set up a charity for this cause, I will send hundreds of dollars, but I have to know beyond any doubt that what I give translates directly into aid, be it food, clothing, or shelter.  Don’t want to see “administrative” costs or an endless stream of please send money mailings.  Do that for me, and I’m behind you brother.  God bless you and your organization.

  • Anonymous

    While I think its great that food is given, we all know the Native american get the rough end of the stick all the time.  Why is a Christian blessing is given.? Native Americans have their own culture and beliefs, this just makes it feel like the old 18th missionaries in south american.

  • Anonymous

    Great to help.  Navajo people are great but much of the reason they have the conditions noted is they live in a Socialism.  This is why capitalism is needed. 

  • Anonymous

    Been only to the Sioux and Lakota and you aren’t exaggerating one iota.

    The so called schools, pitiful so called hospital, are sad commentaries on America.
    Teen children didn’t even now where Chief Sitting Bull’s grave was located.  Two blocks from where I asked. 

    The Lakotas have some interestng history.  I assume that most know they are constructing the Statue of Chief Crazy Horse on the mountain. That is one hugh undertaking.

    Mt. Rushmore, the entire sculpture, would fit into one nostril of his horse.  His arm is already pointing to *His People*.    Been a while so don’t know the progress.

  • Anonymous

    Crazieannie,
    There are many native tribes that have casinos and are doing just fine and are quite wealthy, BUT the Navajo tribe believes that it is unethical and immoral to have a casino. Their values and morals do not allow them to corrupt others and themselves. This is one of the reasons that the Navajo struggle so hard these days. They are a very proud people wth moral values in a day when even our leaders lack any kind of ethics or morals.

    Also, the Navajo tribes in Northern Arizona are just as poor and devistated. Please have someone do something for them as well.

  • Anonymous

    God bless you Glenn.

  • Anonymous

    I heard Glenn’s comments today about the Navajo nation and the pain that has been afflicted upon the people.  A few years ago, the pastor of our church was made aware of an incident in the history of our town where Blacks were hurt.  They were not allowed to be buried within the city limits, etc, and were forced to have their own cemetary.  In reading history, he found where someone donated land for them to have a cemetary.  He located the area, and found that it had been abandoned and was in a state of disrepair. He prayed for God to forgive our town of the wrongs that had been done to its citizens and then our church took on the project and restored the cemetary, as a tangible proclamation of righting the wrong.  This seems to me to be something along those lines that we as Americans need to do for the Navajo nation.  We need to ask for forgiveness as a nation of the past sins of our fathers and move forward with restoration in a tangible way. 

  • Anonymous

    This is an example of what happens to a population when you do for them what they can and should do for themselves. Listen to those Navajo who left the reservation for an education, returned to help and were rejected. The native men in Monument Valley wouldn’t even dig a well because water was delivered free every day. What a sad commentary. Freebees are poison for human nature when nothing is required or expected of the donee.

  • ron17571

    We all live on a big reservation run by the feds.I was amazed when some indians i worked with explained how they couldnt do anything on the reservations without approval.And many good ideas get turned down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lanell.wilson LaNell Koenig Wilson

    I am so proud that one of the trucks we helped pack blessed these people. Thank you God for allowing us to serve You.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CP5WSOO272A2WE3RPRGGFY742A Dorothy

    I don’t know about the Navajo nation so won’t comment but I am very very familiar with the Lakota and the Sioux.  I think we need to rethink the giveaway programs as they have kept this culture from moving forward and in fact keep them in bondage to monthly paychecks, food stamps, giveaway programs from every church and monthly casino checks.  So why is the rate of alchoholism and drug addiction enormous and growing when they have all the food they should ever need each month or a place to live.    Someone has to stop the insanity instead of making ourselves feel good about sending more food and “stuff.  Unemployment is nuts on the reservation as is medical and health care.  The suicide rate among the youth is horrible.  So let’s send more food.  Where is the money coming from for the drugs, the cigarettes the alchohol?  Why are the Indian woman raped and beaten more than any other group in our nation?  Who is going to help them get out of this nightmare?  And for goodness sake stop blaming our forefathers for settling this land……….They are NOT responsible.  The Lakota and the Sioux nations need to be unpropped with food and money and left to deal with their own future.  Pride and Determination will rise up in these people and they will once again become the people they were created to be.  Listen to some of the wise women and wise men on these reservations and they will have the answer………..it’s not going to be a truck of food.

  • Anonymous

    It is hard to solve your own problems when you are starving to death. There are no jobs no government programs and often no hope. I live on the Navajo and see the poverty every day no one should judge the people for not solving there own problems when there is no pathway to resolution. If you could continue the program I can help find thousands that do not have food or shelter. Those of us who live amongst it and do all we can to help understand the difficulty of finding real solutions. It sadens me when people thing that the Navajo should continue to live in abject poverty while they live in there sealed houses. Thank you Glenn and the Mercury program, please continue. 

  • new2la

    So what? A Phoenix rises from the ashes, no? Kindness works in mysterious ways.

  • new2la

    Beautiful Snow, just beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marion.weidner.98 Marion Weidner

    I have been giving whatever I could to the Indian Charties.  It seems they are the forgotten Americans ( the real Americans).  I am happy to see someone else cares.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,
    My husband and I live in New Mexico and were blessed to have
    the opportunity to go to Restoring Love last week. It was such an honor
    to participate in the Day of Service and to hear your message of love,
    service and hope at the event on Saturday evening. 
    When I heard
    that you were sending a truck to the Navajo reservation, I was so filled
    with happiness because our state seems to be overlooked due to our
    small population and, as you mentioned, many people who are too proud to
    ask for help. And now that I’ve heard you’re sending a second truck,
    I’m so thrilled and at a complete loss for words.  You have a such a big
    heart and I thank you for your generosity and for bringing attention to
    a vital culture in our community.

  • Anonymous

    Google the name Lazelle Powell, it will take you to Christ for all Nations, a Navajo Mission located in the middle of the Navajo Nation. The seed was planted over 25 years ago and it has sprouted and is now spreading the word of Jesus to the Navajo and feeds them and clothes them as well. Go to this website and you will be blessed. Thank you Glenn Beck, your Heart is bigger than Texas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.bingamon Daniel Bingamon

    God bless you Glenn!
    Daniel Bingamon from Kings Mills.
    There was an Shawnee Elder from Wilmington Ohio who passed away two years ago.  He was one of those who helped charge into the BIA offices to do something about the offense of this government.
    We have a celebration at Fort Ancient (kind of like a Powwow) and I never seen such dedication and honor towards veterans than that from Native Americans.

  • Anonymous

    My wife and I lived on the Navajo reservation in the early 1970′s, building churches.  My father-in-law built most of the LDS (Mormon) chapels on the reservation, throughout New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. There are a good and kind people. They have extreme poverty partly because of a lack of work and, frankly, due to government interference and programs. They also have extreme problems with idleness and alcoholism. All of the various churches on the reservation do an enormous amount of good in helping them in temporal and spiritual areas. Many Navajos still live in Hogans in remote areas and continue their traditional lifestyles. I have several Navajo friends who have left the reservation and live in the Salt Lake City area. One family in my neighborhood had family members who were actual Navajo Code talkers during World War 2 and are extremely proud of their accomplishment.

    The Navajos I know, who leave the reservation, are mainstream, successful citizens but still revere and live their cultural customs. They are as prosperous as any other people when given a chance for education and a good job. The LDS Church had a very successful program, in the early 1900′s through the 1970′s, that placed Navajo children in church members homes during the school year, throughout the state, so they could receive a good education, with the intent they would return to the reservation and help their own people obtain a good education and be able to secure good employment. Those who took advantage of the placement program usually went on to be successful people. What you are doing for them is good and I am sure it is greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    I have a friend whose father grew up on the “rez” at Pine Ridge, SD.  I asked him why there is so much alcoholism/violence on the rez and why don’t companies start up there.  His reply was that they get their checks every  month from the govt. so they don’t feel the need to “work”.  I went through Pine Ridge last year and the prairies had grass 1-2 feet high.  Wonderful for hay or cattle.  Anyone who wants to work can get out of the proverty.  The BIA needs to be disbanded and the rez people move to whereever they want to to get work or whatever.  I feel that the young people sucide is from people saying that they need to learn the fishing/hunting from their elders and not the “modern” man.  The young people are torn between their elders and the big world.  

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t been to Navajo Nation recently but I think they do have casinos.  Google Navajo Casino and you’ll find them.  An Apache Indian girl lived with our family for a school year more than 25 years ago.  When we went to visit her a year later, she cried because she wanted to come back with us.  It wasn’t our choice either way.  Had the Indians been assimilated rather than placed on reservations three centuries ago, they would all be contributing citizens today.  The dependency culture we created for them was their downfall.  

  • ginger

    Ditto..my grandfather was Creek and he and my grandmother were married in “Indian territory” in the 1800s..my mother and her sisters went to Indian bording school … would love to help the Navaho and as you said …no endess stream of “adminstrative costs”.
    I volunteer at our local food pantry here in San Diego…these people don’t know real hunger and I pray they never do.All I know is people come and we give them food…end of story.

  • ginger

    Try growing a garden in the worst soil in New Mexico.

  • ginger

    You mean like alcholics and drug addicts and people in the inner cities who believe we owe them something..?? people who Won’t work..who abuse the food stamps..those??

  • ginger

    Going to be nation wide if the current administration has anything to do with it…control the water, control the food, control the people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-E-Sellers/1108260627 Mary E Sellers

    I did not know this. Here in the City in which I live -people driving Mercedes, designer clothes and shoes and Please, the Purses. And guess what – They have ETB cards. This is so very disonest and all involved should be jailed. I heard the women in Congress say China is rebuilding their infrastructures. Well check this out. The contracts to repair/build here in the USA was given to CHINA == Just check for yourself – It is there-We need Judge Judy cloned. She’d stop it for sure

  • Anonymous

     I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Crazy Horse Statue has always been considered somewhat of a joke among native South Dakotans.  Every time you drove by there for years you wouldn’t see any signs of progress.  In the last few years there have been some signs of progress but most people in the area still believe its never going to be completed.  Ironically for the Lakota the Black Hills are sacred and carving up a mountain to supposedly honor them is ridiculous. I taught at one of the Lakota school many years ago when fresh out of college it left a lot to be desired.

  • Anonymous

    I grew up and have lived in Navajo country for 30 years.  I have many Navajo friends.  However, since I was a child, I noticed that they were given new clothes at school each year that they promptly threw out the windows of the bus going home.  They were given free medical (which doesn’t mean it was good as there are long lines.  They are given first choice of any jobs in this area.  (Although I had a higher score on a test for a government job, I was told because a Navajo also applied, they had to give the job to the Navajo.  A lot of the Navajos on the reservation have been given nice new housing which is destroyed in just a few years.  And yes, in our area, there are 2 casinos on the reservation.  We have a Navajo Food Distribution building close to our home.  A lot of the Navajos have poor housing but a nice horse (cars) outside.  Sometimes we feel that because so much was given to them that they expect it and don’t appreciate what they have.  They feel it is all owed to them.  There are many now who are hard-working and have chosen not to live on the reservation but pay for their own housing and food.  I believe they are a good people and we need to live together in harmony but it would be nice to get a job on our merits instead of our race.  We all need to be taught how to work hard for what we get whoever we are. 

  • Daune McCulloch

    The Indians have been mistreated at every turn. It also sickens me for the tribes that get the casinos and all profits are supposed to go back to the reservation and ALL the people. Like our government, it does not work that way. I saw this first hand living in Arizona with two different tribes and both owned 2 casinos and a lot of their people were living like our homeless. It gives one a warm feeling to know that the Navajos really appreciate what is being done for them. I have some Indian heritage 3 generations back being Cherokee & Shawnee

  • quipster

    I would like to meet the people of the Navajo Nation.I just don’t know if they would like to see someone from the Sioux Nation !!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.corkinsfoster Jackie Corkins Foster

    I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 5 weeks or more with the Navajo people back in 1974. It was in New Mexico and I was on Christmas break from a Bible college in Lagrange WY. I was dating the son of missionaries to the nation and had a life changing experience. I had never been out of my small town in MI  before I entered Bible college. So when my boyfriend invited me to spend break with him and his 10 siblings and parents who were ministering to the Navajoes I jumped at the chance. As you say the first thing that struck me even way back then was the poverty. But it isn’t but moments after that you realize you are among a kind and sweetly generous people. A people that lean on each other completely. Giving and sharing what little they have with everyone. When I arrived they had a big feast for me. I tried all kinds of traditional dishes. I felt welcomed and loved. Then I was astonished to find that 90% of the male population were alcoholics. When I started to ask questions to try to understand why the answers I received broke my heart. Indian men are vey proud of thier heritage and are very hard workers. But the prejudice in the area was so strong that it was impossible for them to get a job. They had to leave their home and heritage behind to earn any money for their families. But the biggest part of thier heritage is how their attachment to  each other for food, help raising thier children and love of family. They are a very close networking group. At the same time they love to share their history and attention with the outside world.
      Our government has made it impossible for them to stay together and keep thier history alive and passs it down to the next generations. Despite the impossibleness of their situation they give up so much to keep their families and traditions alive and close. I know things are changing for the better. I was pleased to make friends with a young Indian couple that had left the reservation and become Lawyers. They immediately returned to the reservation and shared everything they earned with their family. When the word family is used in the Navajo nation it means all the Navajo people living together on the same reservation.. All of the people on the reservation consider themselves one family. I had so many happy experiences wih them and some very sad ones. I wished I could share them all. There is just not enough room here to do so.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2XN5KVWTNY24237PXJJ66LZZLM Lobosincepeteygibson

    Under the “Restoring Love” banner, the food distribution in Shiprock, NM was just that, a restoring of love to and for a proud people, who are leaning against conservative thought.  I was a part of the distribution there.  As a business owner, I love to work with Pastor Robert Tso on the Navajo Reservation and elsewhere–He will be ministering in Wounded Knee, SD this next weekend, again, assisting a proud people struggling in this modern society to attain dignity, all the while battling depression, demonic oppression, hunger, and alcohlism.
    The event in Shiprock was largely a blessing for the people from a community which has a 55% unemployment rate.  And true is the fact that the food will only appease the food requirements for a few days, but the generous gift of 28 pallets of food will be remembered and appreciated for a long, long time.
    As a fellow conservative, I agree with the thoughts of those that say that to continue giving things to a people will only further enable a people to come to rely on these gifts, and become dependant on this type of generosity, but the idea of these food deliveries can only help to strengthen a community and assist in the healing of a proud people and their quest for dignity and knowledge that people far away love them by sending food, and in the near future through the relationships that are built, strengthen the bond that conservative thought fosters…….entreprenuership, economic development (not casinos), relationship building that leads to genuine knowlegde and understanding of what it means to be a Native American, First AMerican, or Indigenous person in modern America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001179027907 Robert Bradshaw

    Glenn Beck, you are very isolated and really have no idea how much the Navajo government rips their own people off. Google misuse of funds by the Shiprock Chapter President, or President Joe Shirley and see what you get. That is my challenge. I am happy to hear you want to help out, but don’t get led down a road that might embarrass you at some point in the future. Do some research and be more informed so you don’t get taken advantage of!!

  • Anonymous

    Bravo, Glenn!  Once more, love in action.   God bless you and your crew.

  • Josie

    It is great to send them trucks of food and supplies for immediate help.  How about the long term.  Can we start a drive to send them live chickens – for meat and eggs, goats for milk and meat, rabbits are quick multiplying and can feed them for some time, etc such as the Heifer Internaional organization does for other countries.  How can we make this happen.  This would create long term help for them.  Anyone interested in making this happen?

  • Josie

    crazieannie, I agree.  I also do not donate to any organization that sends me cups, umbrellas, shirts ect orto any that send money so that I send them money.  I figure s they can waste s much money to give to othersd that will never send them a donation then they do not need my money. Also  I used to donate to animal charities but they also sent so many thank you items that they could not possibly have saved or fed many animals.  I could have bought all that stuff for myself and saved the animals on my own.  So I look for organizations that I know will use the money responsibly.  As for this case I left a message and hope I get some reponse for long term, long lasting help to follow the inital aid such as sending them chickens, goats, rabbits etc that they can raise and use for eggs, meat etc to solve the poblem an not just patch it.  Heifer International does thisfor other countries not sure if they would do this for the Navaho’s in our own countr. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1153333119 Paul Ritenour

    thankyou so much glen for waking up to the reality most americans don`t want to wake up to.i hope you will continue to help our relations.I hope you will continue to do these things and bring light to this. thankyou so much.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps if we hadn’t driven them off their lands they could have taken care of themselves!

  • Anonymous

    We make work trips to Sun Valley Indian School located near Holbrook AZ.  The School does a lot to help dozens of Navaho and other Indian students through the education they provide.  Would love to have Glenn check it out.
    There are families who refuse to let their children attend the school, which provides their education at no cost to them

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,
     Pastor Don Daniels is doing missionary work in Holbrook Arizona, and one of the needs of the Navajo Nation is water.
    Pastor Don has requested bottle water be sent ,I can not find a source for this need. would you want to help. e-mail    dxlee38@sbcglobal.net
    @sbcglobal:disqus keep up the good work!!

  • http://twitter.com/jefframsower jeff ramsower

    Since we are all expecting a economic pandamonium soon, we need to tap into the Navajo people for their experience of living off the land and self supporting living.  Their ways are tried and true, thousands of years.  No app for that needed.

  • Anonymous

    All Americans, including all those native Americans living on reservations, are free to move around the country and take advantage of the equal opportunities provided under the law like every other citizen. Native tribes are bound only by the chains ordered by their own tribal chiefs and outside unloving charities.

    God does not insult humans and do for people what people can and should do for themselves. Only misguided Judas’s and politicians try to improve on God’s plan – for votes, misguided compassion and self gratification. It doesn’t work! The historical results are clearly available to everyone!

    John L Wright

  • Anonymous

    All Americans, including all those native Americans living on reservations, are free to move around the country and take advantage of the equal opportunities provided under the law like every other citizen. Native tribes are bound only by the chains ordered by their own tribal chiefs and outside unloving charities.

    God does not insult humans and do for people what people can and should do for themselves. Only misguided Judas’s and politicians try to improve on God’s plan – for votes, misguided compassion and self gratification. It doesn’t work! The historical results are clearly available to everyone!

    John L Wright

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.saulsmorea Brenda Lane Sauls-Morea

    Hate to bust your bubble, but they are putting a casino in as we speak close to the Arizona/New Mexico line.  As far as the New Mexico and Arizona area, their ethics are questionable when you consider child molesters go unpunished and the abused children are returned to the abusive parents,drunk drivers are turned loose over and over again (many have 8 or more DUIs) and women are abused on a constant basis.  Drugs are not illegal on the reservation, and the children are encouraged to smoke peyote which is a major hallucinogenic.  The tribe gets tons of money from our government and does not use it well, the leaders go to conferences in Hawaii and such when they need to feed the elderly, they have food left in the NAPI farms that rot on the ground and the elderly ask if they can pick it and are told no!  I really am glad to see that someone is feeding the hungry there but something really needs to be done about the way it is managed, our Government should never just give them money but should go in a handle the programs themselves to be sure it reaches the people that need it!!  I sold repo mobile homes in the area for years, and I could always tell why they had lost their home, when we got the homes they were filthy, everything was usually broken, holes in the walls from fights, porn everywhere, empty beer cans, casino tickets, needles ect.  Sadly there was usually enough change left thrown around the house to have paid at least one bill!  I dont know what the answer is for the tribes, but I do know change needs to start with the leadership and their management of things, and there needs to be better education for young people on things like managing money, work ethic, and anger management.  I will say I do know several Navajo people that work hard and manage well, they however do not need help. 

  • Anonymous

    All Americans, including all those native Americans living on reservations, are free to move around the country and take advantage of the equal opportunities provided under the law like every other citizen. Native tribes are bound only by the chains ordered by their own tribal chiefs and outside unloving charities.

    God does not insult humans and do for people what people can and should do for themselves. Only misguided Judas’s and politicians try to improve on God’s plan – for votes, misguided compassion and self gratification. It doesn’t work! The historical results are clearly available to everyone!

    John L Wright

  • Anonymous

    Do you think maybe it is time to end this reservation “experiment”? We live close to a Mohawk Reservation in northern New York – it straddles New York, Ontario and Quebec – and it’s  not good. Many of the same problems mentioned in several of these posts. We often talk about the importance of immigrants coming into the country and assimilating. We don’t we wish the same thing for American Indians? The other thing isn’t working. 

    I remember seeing an Indian pastor speak (fairly early on) at Restoring Honor. As I recall it – and my recollection is far from perfect – he prayed for his people to get off the reservations, to become more a part of the American culture (in a positive way). I may be mistaken, but I remember it resonated when he said it because I had not heard an Indian say those things before. Is it really in the best interests of these Americans to keep this going?

  • Anonymous

    Misguided compassion is ruinous and prevents people from doing what they can and should do for themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corry.bell.1 Corry Bell

    Pastor Robert Tso and his wife, Rose, are the most humble, giving, self-sacrificing people I have ever known.  Recently, they have committed to support Israel, along with President Ben Shelly, realizing the blessings that will flow as they do.  No casinos here, but their “riches” will come from G-d Himself!  I am a Messianic Jew, and I am so proud to know these beautiful people.  They don’t just take; they give.  Check out the “Navajo One New Man Video at http://youtu.be/aNCoOB3FQn0. ~Corry Bell

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for sharing that.  My heart goes out to the Navajo.  And to the Israelis.  What a beautiful tribute.  This was so spiritual, the video, that it makes me want to reach out.  We all have a long history. I have a lineage with the Choctaws on my mother’s side.  I am so proud that Glenn has reached out to the Navajo Nation. 

  • BS61

    Unfortunately, our Govt is incapable of serving ANY of us.

  • BS61

    Alice Cooper is a native American indian, and he says that it’s almost impossible to get off the reservation.  The ones who do go to school almost always end up back on the reservation.  We need to figure out why – not Govt, us.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for writing. Are you older than 61? Your mature comment suggests you are. I think you may as well try to boil the ocean as try to keep a dog from returning to his vomit, or a man from returning to the comforts of his self made prison.

    I believe, God got his people out of Egypt, but He could not get Egypt out of His people! The same is true today. We can get people out of poverty and the ghetto but we cannot keep them from returning with the habits/beliefs that got them there in the first place.

    We are blessed by knowing all Americans, including thosenative Americans living on reservations, are free to move around the countryand take advantage of the equal opportunities provided under the law. We are also comforted to know all adult Americans intuitively know that to eat you must first dig a furrow and plant a potato followed by watering and some fertilizer.. Native tribes are bound only by the chains ordered by their owntribal chiefs – like not owning private property and mandatory sharing of possessions. . God continues to not insult humans by doing for people what people canand should do for themselves. Only misguided Judas’s try toimprove on God’s plan – for applause, for power, for money, for misguided compassion or self-gratification. It doesn’t work! The historical results are clear and availableto everyone! Could freebees be a reason the ones who do go to school almost always end up back on the reservation?

    Thanks for writing. Please comment!

    John L Wright

  • Linda Puetz

    BRAVO! BRAVO! Charity begins at home.

  • Jordon McKee

    The problem with reservations is that they exist at all.  They’re basically concentration camps for Native Americans and they don’t even realize it.  They live off of welfare, they have no real control of their lands, the government has to approve any business or any use of the land if it’s different from what they have sanctioned.  Reservations are basically models of what socialists want to do to all of the U.S.  Segregate, control, have welfare as only income, discourage capitalism, then break the peoples’ spirits.  You can see this on every reservation.  It needs to stop so these people can live up to their potential and actually be given the chance to allow their culture to flourish in a free land as it was meant to be.
    The government has also done this to the Hawaiians in Hawai’i.  I was shocked at the mirror images between reservations here in the mainland and the “Hawaiian Homes” in Hawai’i.  The people don’t even realize it either.  I just wanted so bad to shake people awake and show them what they were allowing to happen to them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QXFIB44LE3ZAZ7IXPILNJAZYWY teefrtwo t

     Brenda is right on target…the Navajo leaders DO NOT use the Federal money for their own people…this is so sad.

  • Lori Simpson

    How do you change a culture for the better, when they do not want to change?

    My mother and grandmother took an Apache teen under their wings for years, from when he was a little boy.  He lived with my family for eighteen months, starting when he was fourteen and I was twelve. My mom sat with him every evening of the school year and helped him finish his homework, but he would just not turn it in.  She saw him throw it in the trash on the way onto the HS campus several times, but she never stopped helping him finish it every night anyway.  None of his Tribal friends ever turned in their homework, either–it was considered to be acting “white” to be a “schoolboy”.  He wasn’t stupid, or lazy, just unwilling and totally
    anti(white)social.

    It turns out that during that time he did drugs in our home, stole and
    sold the batteries out of our cars and the electric irrigation pumps off
    our wells, physically abused me, and sexually abused two of my little
    sisters. 

    I wish there was some way to convince people that some entrenched tribal traditions are shooting their whole nation in the foot!  I do not know a way. As I have grown up I have personally forgiven him, but he was in jail last I knew, and I know of no hope for him or his people.  I think it is true that the promotion of a multi-generational welfare culture is a crippling, damning (to everyone involved) atrocity. 

    The careful, systematic removal of the intrinsic dignity of a culture by supplanting the basic urge towards self-sufficiency is a crime against humanity.

  • Anonymous

    Your letter is a must read! I cried while reading it. I pray your younger sisters have not allowed this horrible experience have any control of their lives – as it appears you have accomplished. I know too many women abused as a child who never recovered – unless the perp was prosecuted by the same parents who invited the perp into their home.

    I’ve forwarded your letter to my congressman and others in my address book.

    The last paragraph of your letter, above all, needs to be memorized by everyone over 10 years old.

    Thank God, Jesus gave the answer to your question. His answer, however, was so true and convincing he was killed.

  • Anonymous

    John L Wright

  • Anonymous

    I agreen with Brenda and Jordon…I’m Navajo from the Shiprock area. I have live there off and on. Now Iive in Utah. First of all the Navajo President needs to help and feed his own people. From what money OBAMA has given to the Navajo Nation, more like bribery for there vote. But of course the People of the Navajo Reservation never see it and results are just what you see as you pass by the Reservation.
    Just like any President, Congress, leaders use the money on their kids and family who come first. Sending them to private schools, builting home for them, new cars, etc;…money in there pockets and in the bank being use among themselves.
    There is water shortage for the crops and there livestock need food, Elderly need help with housing and food first of all.
    When I go home to visit I bring food with me to give to my family in need. My parents FINALLY had there house built this year after 20 yrs of waiting. My dad served in the Navy. The Navajo nation is nothing but Red tape of help and more paper work than I have ever seen in school for a piece of cheese. It’s all About the Goverment of the Tribe.
    I wounldn’t send money to Charities cause it appearently never gets to the people in need.
    The Casinos…BIG MISTAKE!!…it may bring jobs, but only to the young and able. People spend their hard earn money, SSI checkes, and you wonder why they are in Proverty.. Alcohal and Drugs..its crazy. ICE the FBI organization need to bust these people that sell. I’m sure they get there drugs from Mexico.
    When the Power Plant and the Mines shut down…the Reservation and near by towns will be a ghost town. Then it definetly will be a Third World Country!!
    I feel for my people and HOPE they do not vote for OBAMA!!..and Yesss…they also need to help themselves.
    Glenn Beck if the President of the Navajo Nation comes to your talk show…I will call!!… 

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes… we do realize it. It has become more and more apparent. You have to understand and educate people about socialists ideology…explain it correctly to any Navajo and I bet you they’ll say, “yup, thats what going on here…” I am Navajo! I’ve been following Glenn for that last 5 years. My husband and I were shocked to see that our reservation seems to be a huge expiriment for the Socialist!!!!  How do you combat that? On another note: Yes there is lot of crime, but how do you get Justice if your hands are tied? FBI agents don’t want to come out here…they would rather be in the city…busting “real” crime. The Justice system is different out here… People are so quick to judge the Navajo people for all the crime BUT you shouldn’t catergorize all of us… Just like there is crime and social issues everywhere else in the country so it is here… My suggestion…. OPEN our their eyes to the truth!!!  Help us with solutions! Don’t just judge us… or say just throw money at it. Yes, we are proud people because we never forgot how our language and our land’s resources saved this country!! We are all GREAT American’s!! Walk a mile in our shoes and you’ll see what I mean
    ~A Navajo God Fearing Patriot 

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn,

    I want to personally thank you for sending the food trucks out here to serve our people. I’m glad you are shining the light on us… May you and all the people of Mercury One be blessed. Next time you come out here to the Navajo Reservation, I would like to invite you to my community. I’ve been following you for years now and have always wanted to touch base with you about issues here on the Navajo Reservation. 

    I am grateful that God is working wonders through you and you organizations.

    God Bless!

  • Anonymous

    Donate to Mercury One Food Drive, your money 100% of it is going to great causes.

  • Opinions4 Online

    Dear All,

         I have seen some very interesting and true comments both positive and negative which are all essentially true.  I am married to a Navajo and have children but, I don’t believe the cities are much safer.  There are many areas and activities in cities that go unchecked and yet the “City” is a safe place to be.  The problems on the Navajo start with their leaders through the corruption from the U.S. Government.  Just as one person referenced occurence where the Navajos turn their head to the obvious crimes, it was the U.S. Government that truly taught them how to do this.  From the beginning of their history with the U.S. they were treated as stray animals in the way of its progress including being placed between the U.S. New Mexico settlers and the raiding Indians so that they could keep their heads turned and not see that they were now raiding the Navajos.  Most recently the Navajos have won on two occassions their fight against the Peabody Mine only to have the win ignored/overturned. 

         So, whatever opinion you may have about the Navajo, it has been ingrained into them by the “White” people who have never had their interest in mind and more so to the contrary.  They do have casinos on the Navajo Nation and using the “White” man’s consultants have been placed in the most innappropriate, money wasting locations that only draw in their own people and not casual passers-by.  An example is the first one, it was place no where near a highway exit and the city, county, nor state has any intention of building one.  Therefore, the consulting based it results on how to get their own people to release more of there own money and not bring in outside cash.  All others along that high for other trible with actual “outside” stakeholders are right off the interstate at an exit.

         I can go on and on about how the attitude towards and the guidance given to the Navajo people has only set them back time and time again since the U.S. began raiding, enslaving, raping and anything else they wanted to the people is the cause for their current situation.  Their plight is dear and the Pastors are just as “Hell Bent” on destroying them and their culture as the U.S. Government.  If you don’t believe me, look up the article from September 2002 on the http://www.instchristiangrowth.org website and consider the mindset required to honestly say what is written in the last paragraph of that article.  There needs to be some honest and heartfelt assistance but at this point it is on such a grand scale it needs to be on the level as done for other third world countries. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YFZRDUTM7DV726OX6IPMBQR2RM brian

    Brenda

    children are not encouraged to use peyote as a drug. It is only used for ritual purposes. Do your research before you assume because it can get you into trouble. For you to compare drunk drivers, molesters, abusers and all of that BS to Navajos, than you are an ignorant piece of trash. I have no respect for people like you. I am Navajo and proud of it, before you start to point your finger the way you push your ignorance step back and actually look with your eyes and feel the emotion, instead of thinking you know what it is like to be how it feels. Stop with the blame game, It seems to me that is all people do these days. You say your perfect and everyone else is beneath you. If you can’t say that than don’t even bother acting it. Take the time to talk to Native Americans about their life and struggles. As for charities, it was put in correct term Navajos proud and private. We never ask for hand outs, If it weren’t for the natives doing what they did for you in WW2, you would not even be saying this kind of crap on social media.  Ignorance turns into envy and there is where the trouble begins within. 

  • Mary

    As far as proud and private and never asking for hand outs — I can speak to that first hand. I just recently moved to the Navajo Reservation and here on the reservation and the border towns (like Gallup, NM), it is impossible to walk from your car to a store’s door without having several people walk up to you (usually drunk) and beg for money. I tried to get one to come with me to see if the store was hiring (had heard they were) and they didn’t want to do that — only wanted me to give them money. It is true that the ancestors who were code talkers did an awesome thing; however, I have a feeling that those same ancestors would be embarrassed to see how some of their descendants act today. Now, on the other hand, there are many who get out and do whatever they can to make money — make things and sell them by the road, or rent a booth to sell things. But, like someone else said, I think they’ve been taught that’s all they can do. They don’t make a lot of money, even though they could, because they are all doing the same thing. No one uses creativity to try to be different than everyone else. The Navajo Nation sits almost up against the Grand Canyon National Park and there is absolutely NOTHING for miles around the Grand Canyon National Park. Why does the Navajo Nation not establish restaurants, motels, campgrounds, tourist attractions, and other things around the Grand Canyon border? #1 it could employ a lot of Navajo people and #2 the profits made in those businesses could be given out to members of the Navajo tribe. I think that somewhere along the way, they’ve been taught that they are supposed to either sit beside the road and sell the same necklaces as everyone else, or just stand outside the grocery stores and beg for money. Apparently there is a huge problem with alcoholism (there is no alcohol sold on the reservation, but it gets here, anyway) — and alcoholism seems to bring about a spirit of defeat. Perhaps the key to ending the third world conditions is to end the alcoholism and begin to promote a spirit of creativity and pride.

  • Mary

    I have things growing right now.