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Big Mountain benefit event - Support Indigenous Resistance!

by Black Mesa Indigenous Support (sheepandsagebrush [at]
RESISTANCE AT BIG MOUNTAIN - A benefit event in Santa Cruz for the 2009 Caravan to Black Mesa.

Please join us at 6:30pm on the evening of Friday, November 13th!

Location: Barrios Unidos
1718 Soquel Avenue - Santa Cruz

Special Guest Speaker: DANNY BLACKGOAT
Danny Blackgoat is a longtime Dine' (Navajo) resister of forced relocation. Traveling from his home at Big Mountain, Danny Blackgoat (son of Roberta Blackgoat) will speak about relocation, coal mining, and recent happenings at Black Mesa.

Film Screening: BROKEN RAINBOW
An Academy Award winning documentary. Broken Rainbow reveals the machinations of energy companies and their government proxies as they eagerly cast aside the peaceful Dine' to make way for oil, gas, uranium and coal mining. In their own words, elders and outside experts discuss the rich culture and history of the Navajo as well as their close friends and neighbors, the Hopi. Beautifully photographed and scored, Broken Rainbow compassionately illuminates a modern Trail of Tears and the deeply rooted courage of the Dine' who vow to never leave their sacred homelands.

Admission: $5-10

This event is a benefit for the 2009 Fall Caravan to Black Mesa.
On November 21st, work crews from Santa Cruz and all across the country will converge in support of the indigenous resistance communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa. Donations of tools, food, and other supplies are requested. Any items you wish to donate may be brought to this event. See the needs list, below.

Event Schedule:
6pm: Doors open
6:30pm: Film (Broken Rainbow)
7:45pm: Intermission
8:00pm: Danny Blackgoat

SINCE 1974, federal relocation policy has forced 14,000 Dine' (Navajo) people from their ancestral homeland in Arizona. 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 coal, uranium and natural gas. 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.

"We are resisting relocation and the coal mining not only for ourselves but for the whole world. Black Mesa must not be desecrated because of its sacredness --it provides life to all living things including all the human races."

For more information:
Black Mesa Support, Santa Cruz
sheepandsagebrush [at]
Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Big Mountain Survival Camp (blog)
Sample clip from the short film "Ancient Voices", featuring Pauline Whitesinger

§the Black Mesa Mine
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
§2009 Caravan Needs List
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
§Donation request letter
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
ready for printing.
§The fence
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Relocation is genocide.
§Roberta Blackgoat
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
"I will die fighting this law. I am doing it for my children and my grandchildren and your children and their children. It is everybodys future." -Roberta Blackgoat
§the Coal-fired Navajo Generating Station
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
§The Sovereign Dine' Nation
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
"The Big Mountain matriarchal leaders always believed that resisting forced relocation will eventually benefit all ecological systems, including the human race," says Bahe Keediniihii, Dineh organizer and translator. "Continued residency by families throughout the Big Mountain region has a significant role in the intervention of Peabody’s future plan for Black Mesa coal to be the major source of unsustainable energy, the growing dependency on fossil fuel, and escalating green house gas emissions. We will continue to fight to defend our homelands."
§A solidarity poster from Denmark
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
"There is no word for relocation in the Navajo language. To relocate is to disappear and never be seen again." - Pauline Whitesinger, Big Mountain elder
§Indian Lands, Black Gold - a good background article
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
for reading or printing.
§map of the land
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
§Pauline Whitesinger
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
see a sample clip from the short film, "Ancient Voices", which Danny will screen as part of his presentation this Friday:
§this is what the Fall caravan looks like
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
§Struggle for the Land
by Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Free Big Mountain!
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