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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Give Thanks this November to the Dineh Resisters’ Victories since 1977


“I am told that I am of no account because I will not pay rent to Washington (U.S. Government)…. But I have been paying my ‘rent’ all along. I pay my ‘rent’ to the Holy Beings every morning with my Sacred Corn Pollen offerings, and that is all the ‘rent’ that I need to pay…”
--Pauline Whitesinger, Dineh resister and Matriarch, June 2009 (Photo by Demitra Tsioulos)


Join the Caravan to Big Mountain, Black Mesa: November 21 – 28, 2009
By A BMIS On-Land Volunteer

Dineh (Navajos) on Black Mesa have been fighting to keep their land and lifeways in opposition to the law mandating that they ‘relocate’ for 30 years. Minor concessions by government and coal interests in recent years have not rectified the situation. These families have (spiritual and aboriginal) rights to remain on Black Mesa as they have for generations and be free of the threat of eviction or other excessive burdens exacted in order to run them off, in order to exploit their lands. And yet, the Office of Surface Mining has granted an extension in December 2008 for Peabody Coal’s strip mine on Black Mesa to expand and continue through 2026.

Supporters from around the globe will be convening on Black Mesa around the Thanksgiving Holiday for work parties and to establish new connections with this community that has suffered the very worst of U.S. economic gluttony and yet, exemplifies a valiant resistance to it. Consider this educational opportunity and come prepared to listen –not to preach. If you are coming, bring something to offer like: labor help, goods, winter supplies, foods, skills. Expect to leave enriched and to return.

Please contact the Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) for more details on coordination and do visit and get familiarized with the BMIS website: http://www.blackmesais.org/, also check out some Big Mountain Dineh writings at http://sheepdognationrocks.blogspot.com/ Please note that, Elders in Resistance are requesting long-term volunteers to herd sheep and assist with daily manual chores. So, consider setting aside a long stretch of time if possible. Are you willing to organize a crew from your community? If so, and/or have any other inquiries about supporting the Big Mountain resistance to coal mining and cultural extermination contact: BMIS at 928-773-8086 or email: blackmesais@gmail.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

Environmentalist Banned from the Hopi-Navajo Rez

Environmentalist Banned from the Hopi-Navajo Rez:
How will that take place? Will the Rez councils be scapegoat for law-suits so Peabody Coal Company can do its thing?

Sheep Dog Nation Media, October 9, 2009
By Bahe (Kat) Keediniihii (Katenay)

Big Mountain Territories, Black Mesa (northeastern Arizona) – In the drought stricken dusty high desert of Black Mesa, capitalistic domination and the resurgent of repression is the only thing starting to take root and bloom. All other natural life forms and natural ways of cultivation are barely getting by with thirst and breathing plenty of wind-blown sand and smoke-hazed air.

There are several fronts by special interest groups, including Dineh residents of Big Mountain, who are fighting to stop Peabody’s rape of Mother Earth. All these fronts are composed of traditional elder communities, several small reclusive groups, and the well-funded organizations like Black Mesa Water Coalition, Black Mesa Trust, and the Grand Canyon region Sierra Club. Sadly, these fronts are within their own reclusiveness as well all because of the great American illusions of “civil rights,” Native American “Freedom” of Religion Act, “constitutional ‘guaranteed’ rights,” and the situation of desperate lawyer-clients scenarios.

Now, all these organizations except for the residing family residents of the area will soon be banned from the Hopi reservation as the Navajo Nation government joined up with Hopi. (One piece of note is that the families in resistance’s invited non-Indian supporters are already banned but are still active out there.) The environmentalists will now be policed and perhaps be prohibited from holding meetings, having headquarters and be stopped just because of their ‘green’ bumper stickers. The tribes’ justification is that these orgs are taking away tribal economic jobs and revenues by opposing Peabody and Desert Rock’s expansion. Certainly, there are more information and news on this entire new political shift in Indian country in regards to “protecting the sacred” versus “protecting the (capitalist) economy.” Here is a couple of links if you wish to read about it.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/10/masayesva-attorney-crosses-line.html
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/10/klee-benally-democracy-unwelcome-on.html

The characterization that SDN Media draws from all these environmentalists’ freak-out is stated rhetorically here by yours truly, Chief Loner:

“I cannot believe this stuff. These stories are so amazingly saturated with the undertones of diversionary, political facts that seem so self-intentional by 'environmental' groups to refresh their stagnant avenues of legalities. Puppet tribal governments are of course designed to facilitate "pro" rape of mother earth and exterminate ancient indigenous thought. If It’s so bad, join the traditional Hopi and Dineh elders at Big Mtn. and at the Independent Hotevilla Pueblo. What is happening now, the U.S. imperialistic oppression, is nothing new, come on!”


Environmentalism is cool but it can also mean a government agency who promotes mining or toxic waste exposure for giant corporations. However, they all seem to rub elbows in formal hearings while trying to interpret ideas of privileged legal rights. This corporate ban on environmentalist activities in Hopi should not come as a surprise for the regional green organizations because of 9-1-1 and the Patriot Act. It should all be clear that “Freedom” is only for that small segment of American society that are capitalist parasites living off the poor and the under-privileged. The saddest part of environmentalism is when they refer to themselves as grassroots movement and they end up leaving out the real grassroots peoples. Like for example at Big Mountain and Black Mesa, the local groups do not mention “traditional elder resisters of Big Mountain” but instead the closest they get to mentioning them is saying, “the relocation that is going on up there…”

We knew eventually that we might all be thrown in together into that corporate pee-pot and be shoved back under bed that is shared among tribal councils, the BIA, and utility companies. However “freedom” does not have to be just an idea but it can be something physical that can be held high and with pride. Our ancestors have done that since 1492. So, ladies and gentlemen of the government-policy-dependent environmentalist, what options is on the table for you now? Put your grant monies towards law suits against the local puppet tribes? Do it and you will see how messed up tribal/federal jurisdiction and BIA laws are. Or if you all have the guts to be real renegades and hostiles, join the Big Mountain and Hotevilla Liberation movements.

© SheepNationRocks, 2009