Below is the letter that the community members impacted by impoundments delivered today at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock:
Requesting immediate Support for Hopi Partition Land ( HPL) residents whose livestock are being impounded by Hopi Rangers and Federal Agents.
The Hopi rangers and Federal agents used military tactic operation to conduct livestock impoundment.
We [the undersigned] Dine' families who have resided for generations on the area now known as Hopi Partition Land (HPL) are asking for the full protection of the Navajo Nation Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, based on the ongoing threat of the pre-dawn raids from heavily armed federal authorities. Currently Hopi Rangers, Federal Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT) are using paramilitary tactics against unarmed elders and Dine' citizens. Community members live in fear due to S.W.A.T. teams fully dressed in paramilitary gear including flack jackets and assault rifles. There are also drones and helicopters hovering over their homesteads, it is like a war zone.