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Halt Peabody: Navajo and Hopi delegation to Denver

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Halt Peabody: Navajo and Hopi delegation to Denver

Navajo & Hopi tribal members travel to Denver to meet with the Western Regional Office of Surface Mining as the agency prepares to permit Peabody Coal Company’s Black Mesa Project
Panel Discussion & Press Conference Announcement

WHAT: Panel Discussion, Navajo and Hopi delegation to Denver
*free and open to the public*
WHEN: Sunday Dec. 7th, 1-3 PM (MST)
WHERE: Denver Indian Center, 4407 Morrison Road Denver, CO 80219

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE, Navajo & Hopi People Say No to Coal Mining
WHEN: Monday Dec. 8th, 1 PM (MST)
WHERE: Sidewalk in front of Office of Surface Mining – DOWNTOWN Denver – 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320 Denver, CO 80202

Background Information:
Concerned Navajo & Hopi people will rally in downtown Denver on Monday while a small delegation meets with Office of Surface Mining (OSM) personnel at their offices in Denver. OSM is expected to make a final decision – a “Record of Decision” – on Peabody’s proposed Black Mesa Project. The controversial plan includes approval of a “Life-of-mine” permit, expanded mining operations, use of scarce water resources and an unclear buyer of the coal supply, potentially to the Navajo Generating Station in Page, AZ.

After a year of inactivity on the “Black Mesa Project” Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the process was restarted on May 2008. Navajo and Hopi citizen’s were given 45 days to comment on a revised Draft EIS and were never offered a public commenting period. Requests for commenting period extensions were denied by OSM as well as requests for OSM to come to Navajo and Hopi lands for question and answer meetings.

The Final EIS states “if OSM approves the LOM revision for the Black Mesa Complex, the area previously associated with the Black Mesa operation (18,857 acres), including associated surface facilities, would be added to the 44,073 acres of the existing OSM permanent permit area for the Black Mesa Complex, bringing the total acres to 62,930, which would be considered as one operation for the purpose of regulation by OSM. This entire area is within Peabody’s existing coal leases. The coal-mining leases with the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation provide Peabody the right to produce up to 290 million tons of coal from the Navajo Exclusive Lease Area and up to 380 million tons of coal from the Hopi and Navajo Joint Lease Area for a combined total of 670 million tons.”

Black Mesa Navajo and Hopi residents are concerned about how this project will impact the future of their homelands given the history of Peabody’s unwise use of the Navajo Aquifer to transport coal to MGS. Many community members from the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe are extremely disappointed in the lack of public outreach the Office of Surface Mining office and Department of the Interior has carried out through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process.

Black Mesa is the ancestral homelands to thousands of Navajo and Hopi families and is regarded as a sacred mountain to the Navajo people and plays an integral role in the cultural survival for the future generations of both the Navajo and Hopi people. Many Navajo and Hopi people stand firm and oppose this mine expansion plan and are organizing to voice their concerns to the western regional office of the Office of Surface Mining in Denver, CO. on Dec. 8, 2008.

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Native American Studies Available Online

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University is offering an online class in Native American studies, beginning in January.

The class is titled, “Native America: Dispelling the Myths,” and runs from Jan. 14 through May 8. Students do not have to be enrolled in an MSU degree program to take the class.

Students who take the course can earn either three graduate credits at MSU or 45 renewal units for teachers through the state Office of Public Instruction.

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Hardrock distrusts McCain due to land dispute record

Hardrock distrusts McCain due to land dispute record

Posted on October 30, 2008

By Wendy Kenin; Special to the (Navajo) Times

Senator John McCain represents an Indian fighter just like Colonel Kit Carson,” says Bahe Katenay, Diné, resident of the Hopi Partition Land.

Katenay has spent much of the past three decades supporting the traditional elders of the Big Mountain area as a translator and advocate. His family has been among those resisting federally mandated relocation from lands awarded to the Hopi Tribe. Continue reading

Wilma Mankiller: Challenges Facing Indigenous People

On October 2, 2008, Former Chief of the Cherokee Nation and Indigenous rights activist, Wilma Mankiller, was in Phoenix, AZ, to give a presentation on the “Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People.”

A part of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture series on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, Mankiller, talked about the diversity and uniqueness of the world’s indigenous population, as well as the common, shared sense of duty to conserve and protect the natural world.

It’s a duty that we all share, not just indigenous people, states Mankiller. It’s just that many people have forgotten that duty because their culture holds no memory of their origins or of their place in the natural world.

Discussing several other issues, Mankiller also talked briefly about the common struggle of indigenous people. This shared experience, while indicating a point of unity, also shows a need for something ‘more’ than confrontation and a verbal demand that governments and corporations respect indigenous rights.

Mankiller points to that void of knowledge, and the need to show the world who we really are. Today, as i the distant past, indigenous people are often identified with “…nonsensical stereotypes [that] either vilify indigenous people as troubled descendants of savage[s]… or romanticize them as innocent children of nature – spiritual, but incapable of higher thought,” said Mankiller. Shifting this opinion to reflect our true identity — that we are not more or less, but different — will go further toward bringing the changes we need.

Another challenge Mankiller discusses, perhaps the greatest of all, is our need “to develop practical models to capture, maintain, and pass on traditional knowledge systems and values to future generations.”

If we cannot do this, then we too will one day forget.

Mankiller’s presentation, follows some opening remarks by Frank Goodyear and Wayne Mitchell, and an introduction by Dr. Simon Ortiz.
Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People

*http://www.vimeo.com/2332389

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Thanksgiving Give Back/ To Be So Blessed

Thanksgiving Give Back/ To Be So Blessed

Photos and song documenting the annual Thanksgiving Food and Supply Run to the Dine people of Big Mountain in resistance to forced relocation from their land in north eastern Arizona.

The song, “To Be So Blessed” is by Somer Moon, performed by Somer Moon and Clan Dyken at Paradise studio in Sacramento California.

Recording, mix and keyboards by Jeff “Fingers” Crawford.

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Quechan mourners take spirit walk for young leader

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A “spirit walk” for deceased Quechan leader Lewis Jefferson symbolized for mourners one last journey with Lewis, who died at 21 last month yet left a legacy for tribal youths who will take up where he left off, say friends and family.

“Lewis was an inspirational young man because of what he believed in –  protecting indigenous sacred sites, our language, our culture, and tradition,” Vernon Smith, Jefferson’s uncle, said.

Smith led the processional ceremony that honored the life of Jefferson. He died under suspicious circumstances Nov. 26 near the railroad track beneath the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, according to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.

http://www.yumasun.com/news/young_46294___article.html/leader_mourners.html