SINCE 1974, Public Law 93-531 (the relocation law) has forcefully relocated tens of thousands of Dineh (Navajo) and several hundred Hopi people from their ancestral homeland in Arizona. Generations have been impacted by the loss of grazing areas and the intentional break up of this community. This is the largest relocation of Indigenous people in this country since the Trail of Tears and it is ongoing. This corporate colonialism was falsely presented to the outside world as a land dispute between the Dineh and Hopi.
This genocidal policy was crafted by government agents and energy company representatives in order to gain access to the mineral resources of Black Mesa – billions of tons of low sulfur coal. For over 30 years, traditional Dine’ at Black Mesa have lived in resistance, steadfastly refusing to relocate as strip-mines rip apart their sacred lands and generating plants poison the desert air.
Led by Big Mountain/Black Mesa community members and in collaboration with organizers from other front line resistance communities, Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) is coordinating a land-based gathering on Black Mesa from June 3-9th. A Black Mesa community member is using a four directions planning model to guide the process of shaping the goals, conversations, projects, and structure of the gathering. A family who has been resisting forced relocation for over four decades due to Peabody Coal Mine's operations has offered to host the gathering. Work such as rebuilding roads, hogans, corals, shearing and herding sheep, and planting corn will connect participants to resistance based in a traditional, land-based lifeway.
Through centering the Big Mountain/Black Mesa struggle for self-determination, cultural survival, and the right to remain on ancestral homelands, the aim of the gathering is to link this struggle to other social, racial, environmental, migrant and climate justice movements. Members of Black Mesa/Big Mountain resistance community have asked the theme and practice of decolonization frame the work parties, workshops, discussions, art and cultural sharing. By fostering creative, spiritually and culturally grounded modes of coming together, we hope to generate tangible cross movement connections toward a common struggle.
Groups involved in the planning process/ planning on attending range from Palestinian Youth Movement, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque, Hawaiian Sovereignty movement, Ka Lei Maile Ali'i, Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival, Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG), Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, Sixth World Indigenous Peoples Organization.
Funds raised here will help bring Bronx-based grassroots hip hop artists and youth organizers, Rebel Diaz, to Black Mesa for this gathering to play a show and collaborate on a song about the Black Mesa struggle.
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