2000. “Each Others Legend” Joseph Langham.


2000. “Each Oth­ers Leg­end” Joseph Langham.

I played key­boards, and co-pro­duced this album with Joseph. I had Steve Kimock come in and play on a cou­ple of tracks. Joseph is an amaz­ing singer song­writer with a very cool band. He lives with Eth­no-Botanist Phyl­lis Hogan in a sus­tain­able house he built in Flagstaff, Ari­zona. I some­times sit in with his band when I get down to his neck of the woods with “Moon­al­ice”. Joseph played on the same bill as Floyd “Red Crow” West­er­man who I was play­ing key­boards with in Sedona…I also played a few songs with Joseph.
He and Phyl­lis have also been close­ly con­nect­ed with the Hopi and Nava­jo, and helped them fight Peabody Min­ing Com­pa­ny who had been pump­ing water from the under­ground Navajo/ Hopi Aquifer in a slur­ry pipeline oper­a­tion to trans­port extract­ed coal to the Mohave Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion in Laugh­lin, Neva­da. The Nava­jo Aquifer is the main source of potable ground­wa­ter for the Nava­jo and Hopi tribes, who use the water for farm­ing and live­stock main­te­nance as well as drink­ing and oth­er domes­tic uses.
The pump­ing of water by Peabody Ener­gy has caused a severe decline in potable water and con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of water sources in the area.
Both tribes, sit­u­at­ed in an arid semi-desert, attach reli­gious sig­nif­i­cance to water, con­sid­er­ing it sacred, and have cul­tur­al, reli­gious, and prac­ti­cal objec­tions to over-use of water. The Peabody mine, a coal strip mine, used the slur­ry to pump its coal through pipes 273 mi (439 km) away, where the coal could be fil­tered and used in the Mohave Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion in Neva­da. The gen­er­at­ing sta­tion pro­duces ener­gy for the south­ern parts of Cal­i­for­nia and Nevada.
This was the only coal slur­ry oper­a­tion in the coun­try and the only plant that used ground­wa­ter in such a way.

The Hopi/Navajo final­ly man­aged to shut down the oper­a­tion which, for 40 years had been steadi­ly pump­ing pris­tine drink­ing water from a depth of 2,000 feet below the sur­face at an astound­ing rate of 2,000 to 4,500 gal­lons per minute. Just to force coal through pipes for hun­dreds of miles. The wells were sim­ply dry­ing up on the reservations.

I was also on the board of N.A.S.A.F.O.N.A., a joint Hopi Indi­an and Uni­ver­si­ty of Ari­zona based orga­ni­za­tion, work­ing to restore ancient gar­den ter­rac­ing on the Hopi reser­va­tion in Ari­zona. — with Joseph Lang­ham and Steve Kimock.





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