In 2001, a delegation of Hopi and Navajo warned Lehman Brothers, after it acquired the financial interests of Peabody Coal, of the spiritual consequences of mining coal on sacred Black Mesa. Peabody Coal’s machinations led to the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute. Then, on September 15, 2008, the bad karma of Lehman Brothers finally caught up with the global financial services firm when it was forced to declare bankruptcy. The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, in turn, played a major role in the unfolding of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.  
The lesson we can take from this is, Do not mess with the Hopi elders.
Allegedly there are Navajo and Hopi puppet tribal governments now pretending to represent the Indians. These alleged puppet governments of Washington and of Peabody Coal are just stooges and do not represent the authentic wishes of the Navajo Nation, it is claimed. “The Manataka American Indian Council has long supported the Black Mesa Indigenous Support organization’s effort to fight the Peabody Coal Company, the Navajo and Hopi puppet tribal governments of the United States, and dozens of greedy politicians over the issue of sacred land.” They have renewed their 2001 prediction: “All who participate in the desecration of Black Mesa lands will be cast to the wind and buried by the sand.” 
On August 5, 2015, EPA personnel, along with workers for Environmental Restoration LLC, caused a waste water spill at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. Three million gallons of polluted mine waste water and tailings, including heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, and other toxic elements, such as arsenic, were spilled into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado. The spill affects waterways of municipalities in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah as well as the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management issued a state of emergency declaration in response to the spill. 
Four days after the Gold King Mine spill, yellow-orange sludge streamed into the sacred San Juan River of Navajo Nation, an area of 27,600 square miles which spans three States. There, the “people fear the Gold King Mine disaster near Silverton will have impacts for decades.” Farmers and ranchers of Navajo Nation have been warned by officials, Do not use San Juan River water for crops or livestock. 
So there is some question at this point about how safe the water is and will be for drinking. People living along the Animas and San Juan rivers were advised to have their water tested before using it for cooking, drinking, or bathing. The heavy metals appeared to be settling to the bottom of the river and sedimentation is expected to dilute the pollutants as the spill cloud moves downstream. Nonetheless it is not definitely known at this point when or if the water will be 100 percent safe. 
The Gold King Mine spill as well as the Tianjin explosions of last week can be read as signs. In Tianjin, China, what may have been a thermobaric weapon, also called a “fuel-air explosive”, devastated an area of the city and was coincident with surprise devaluations of the Chinese currency.  Another troubling sign is the collapse in commodities prices. “The China slowdown has sent shock waves through commodity markets,” writes John Ficenec of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper. Commodity prices have fallen to levels last seen around 2001.  “Stubbornly low commodity prices are sending a nervous ripple throughout the farm economy in Iowa and across the Corn Belt,” reports The Des Moines Register. “The slowdown has some farmers hurting financially after years of record income, and unless prices improve, the outlook for agriculture in 2016 could be even grimmer, economists and farm lenders say.” 
In the 1920s, farmers were becoming poorer due to debt and falling prices. Although middle and upper classes thrived, working class wages remained low. In an attempt to alter the disparity, the “Federal Reserve” lowered interest rates. But instead of benefiting small businesses, lower interest rates only fueled stock market speculation. This eventually caused the stock market crash of 1929. 
Another of the “signs” of the 1920s was the Teapot Dome scandal. Around 1922, Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.  This same Albert Fall of the Teapot Dome scandal was involved with corporate attempts to develop oil resources on the Navajo Reservation in the 1920s. In 1921, prospectors combed the Navajo reservation looking for promising places for oil. However the San Juan Navajo council did not wish to consider any oil and gas leases. “In response to the discovery of oil on the Navajo Reservation and the refusal of the Navajo to agree to leases with oil companies, in 1922 Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall ruled that Indian reservations which were created by Presidential Executive Order (as opposed to those created by treaty) were open to oil exploration.” In 1923 “the federal government unilaterally replaced the traditional Navajo council of elders with a Grand Council composed of government-selected individuals.” The new Council, “the only Navajo government recognized by the U.S. government, quickly signed leasing permits with non-Indian companies. It was clear that the United States did not want a self-governing Navajo Nation, but wanted a puppet government which could be called at its behest to negotiate on behalf of the tribe in matters of property.” 
Which brings us to now, the current alleged puppet government of Navajo Nation, Peabody Coal, and Senator John McCain. But that is a story for another day.
——- Sources ——-
 “Hopi and Navajo delegation warned Lehman Brothers”, http://www.manataka.org/page1346.html
 “Lehman Brothers”, Wikipedia, August 18, 2015.
 “2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill”, Wikipedia, August 18, 2015.
 “Animas River spill: Navajo Nation angry at EPA”, by Jesse Paul. The Denver Post (online), August 17, 2015.
 “Tianjin Explosion and China’s Yuan Devaluation”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 15, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/tianjin-explosion-and-chinas-yuan-devaluation/
 “Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control”, by John Ficenec. Telegraph (UK, online), August 17, 2015.
 “Ag forecast bleak unless commodity prices rebound”, by Christopher Doering and Donnelle Eller. The Des Moines Register (online), August 9, 2015.
 “Timeline of Great Depression from 1920s to 1945”, http://tinyurl.com/njxqx94
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 “The Navajo and Oil in the 1920s”, by Ojibwa. Native American Netroots, February 14, 2012. http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/1257