Navajo Nation families get electricity for the first time
Dozens of families on the Navajo Nation are getting electricity in their homes for the first time:“I have been living out here since 1952,” said Tso. From her front yard, you can see miles and miles of red and orange sandstone. And LeChee Rock, a sacred mountain to the Navajo people. But from the backyard, there’s a clear view of the Navajo Generating Station, which has been supplying electricity all over the southwest since 1976. But not to Tso’s house. “At times we kind of grumbled about it, but what could we do? I was brought up in the same matter that I learned to deal with,” said Tso. “Building a fire out of wood, using the charcoal for everything. Making bread, cooking meat, making stew, and such and such.”
Margie Tso has a beautiful view from her family ranch on the Navajo Nation, just southeast of Page.
Although the Navajo Generating Station has been producing electricity for decades, it’s not legally allowed to provide power to the Navajo Nation.
Using ice to keep food fresh is what Pearl Begay did for decades. She lives just up the road from Tso’s ranch. Pearl only speaks native Navajo, so her daughter, Daisy, translates. According to Daisy and Pearl, they should have had power a long time ago. They claim they were promised electricity nearly 40 years ago, while the Navajo Generating Station was being built.
“They built the plant right there, and they forget them,” said Daisy.
Their neighbor, Margie Tso, feels the same way.
“They started giving us hope, giving us hope,” said Tso. “And then they say, ‘It’s going to cost too much.’ And so then I just lost hope. I thought, ‘Well, whatever. I guess I won’t have electricity at the ranch.’”
oldParasiteSingle The article also states that HUD held up the government funding for electric poles on the reservation for about 38 years or so, but Obama just changed that.