share with your contacts or post. Thanks, BYK]
would like for you to take a moment and remember that the traditional
indigeneous resistance still continues on Black Mesa. This resistance
has obviously, in previous decades, been an extreme expression
of a fight for liberation. It is of course not your typical
subtle expression of a politically, opinionated protest that
involves basic environment or heritage issues. This traditional
resistance has been a continuation of the very core of a land-based,
indigenous society's struggle for survival. A society that has
up to recent times lived off-the-land: growing crops, hunted
and gathered, raised livestock, maintained their own natural
springs, practiced the complete essence of religious rituals,
and maintained a unique language and clan system of deep ancestral
origin. Today, the world's largest coal mining company, Peabody
Western, continues to encroach as they are backed by the U.S.
government's forcible-relocation policies. At the forefront
of this encroachment is the B.I.A.'s Indian policies which initiate
tribal government activities that undermines these traditional
entities of sovereignty.
prayers and support is very much needed! I have been approached
by individuals who are concerned for the welfare of these resisters.
And because of the lack of a stable network and volunteer/support
personnel, we are unable to make a complete assessments of the
situation in the regions of resistance. It is assumed that other
elder and younger residents are experiencing hardship at this
time. Currently, there are two critical hardships taking place.
Altsisi needs support (though, details are not specific yet).
He is a Dineh resident whose parents and relatives have abandoned
the ancestral lands for relocation benefits and now, he is still
defying orders from the BIA Hopi Agency Law Enforcement to either
relocate or sign the Accommodation Agreement. His only means
of transportation has been impounded by the BIA Indian agency,
and he is unable to haul firewood or water to this residence.
He resides about 6 miles SE of the Rocky Ridge General Store.
We will try to update you more pending available time and resources
to get out there to visit with him.
B. Lane and her son have also been threatened and harassed.
They reside in one of the most remote region of Black Mesa.
Due to the intense drought, the Lane family had moved their
sheep herd to a more suitable grazing area within their ancestral
ranging area. The BIA Hopi Agency discovered the family's sheep
camp and began to threatened them with livestock impoundment
but they remained with the sheep camp until the herd gained
back its health. More recently, Rena's son was preparing for
the winter when the Agency law enforcement personnel charged
him again (for about the third time now) with "illegally"
cutting firewood. All his tools were confiscated and with that
he has lost his second chainsaw to the BIA. Shortly after that
their only functioning vehicle has broken down and they are
now coping with transportation problems.
wish to asked for your support on behalf of these resisters
--resisters who have never acknowledged the federal policies
of genocide. Thus, they have enforced their sovereign rights
based on aboriginal and treaty statuses and have never chosen
to sign any government documents. First of all, as supporters
we should re-established a network strategy and began sending
letters to these Indian agencies and the Dept. of Justice. These
indigenous residents do not deserve to be subjected to such
hardship and humiliation just because they have honored their
ancestral ties to the Earth. Finally, I am certain that these
resisters are hoping for helpers and other means of logistical
support. Due to their claims to sovereignty and being "lawfully"
affected by a Congressional Act, we are NOT pursuing lawsuits
or any sort of injunctions. Your support is needed in the form
of offering prayers and giving direct support so that they can
continue to remain on their lands.
you are interested, notify myself and I can furnish you with
direct contact information.
you for you time and continued support.
Dineh from Big Mountain
TO: firstname.lastname@example.org & CC: email@example.com
also on behalf of UAP (Unpopular Activist Page) October 2004]
Note important contact information below.
Chapter President: Percy Deal
Council Delegate: Lorenzo Bedonie
P.O. Box 20
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
Phone: (928) 725-3730
Fax: (928) 725-3731
BIA Western Office
Wayne Nordwall, Regional Director
Western Regional Office
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85001
Phone: (602) 379-6600
Fax: (602) 379-4413
Wendell Honanie, Superintendent
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P.O. Box 158
Keams Canyon, AZ 86034
Phone No: (928) 738-2228
Fax No: (928)738-5522
HOPI TRIBAL COURT
P.O. Box 156
Keams Canyon, Arizona 86034
Phone: (928) 738-5171
Fax: (928) 738-5561
Gary Thomas, Chief Judge
Delfred Leslie, Associate Judge
Fax: (928) 738-5589
More contact information to come.