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Black Mesa benefit night w/ Danny Blackgoat, Ann Marie Sayers
Date Sunday November 16
Time 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
RCNV—612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorSanta Cruz Indigenous Solidarity
Indigenous Resistance at Black Mesa:
8th annual Santa Cruz benefit event

Doors open @ 6pm. Light snacks & refreshments will be offered.
$5-20 no one turned away — A benefit for Black Mesa families resisting relocation.

* Danny Blackgoat— Traveling from Black Mesa (AZ) to speak in Santa Cruz, Danny will share updates and messages from the land along with personal reflections from his lifetime of involvement with the struggle of his family & community against forced relocation and coal strip mining.

* Ann Marie Sayers— Mutsun Ohlone community leader Ann Marie Sayers will speak about issues of importance to contemporary Ohlone people, and the recent victory against fracking in San Benito County. The Ohlone are the indigenous people of the Monterey & SF Bay areas.

+ Short film: Pauline Whitesinger/Ancient Voices— A 2007 statement from elder Pauline Whitesinger, translated by Danny Blackgoat.

The evening will be dedicated to honoring the memory of Pauline Whitesinger, resistance leader and elder matriarch of Big Mountain, 1929—2014

Supply and tool donations for the local Fall Caravan to Black Mesa (departing November 20th may be dropped off during this event.

Supply wishlist: tools (axes, mauls, shovels, hammers, etc), building supplies, chainsaws, wool blankets, quality non-perishable food, video & still cameras, laptop computers.

Anyone is also welcome to bring things for the Pauline Whitesinger memoir table we'll have at the event.

"The past was never really forgotten, the way the U.S. Government treated my people. It is still going on, it is still alive. We will fight—not with violence or armor, but with the old ways."
Gerald Blackrock, 10/23/14

Facebook event page (RSVP & invite friends!):

Black Mesa Indigenous Support, Santa Cruz:
sheepandsagebrush at / 831-708-8199

For more information & updates regarding Big Mountain/Black Mesa:
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Nov 11th, 2014 10:47 PM

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by supporter
Wednesday Nov 12th, 2014 12:49 PM
The families at Big Mountain/Black Mesa have experienced increased animal impoundments and hardship this year. Be sure to read the story at the bottom of this newsletter for an update. A small caravan of Santa Cruz supporters will depart to Black Mesa on November 20th to provide on-land support to the families who continue to resist relocation and coal mine expansion. Our annual Black Mesa benefit event (8th annual!) will take place this Sunday, November 16th @ 6:30pm. See details above.

Elders living in fear of BIA livestock impoundments

Recent weeks have been a very trying and difficult time for the elders and families in the Big Mountain/ Black Mesa communities. On October 22nd, these families came under renewed attack, as Bureau of Indian Affairs agents, teamed up with Hopi police, began a series of aggressive large-scale livestock impoundments. So far, three families have had their entire herd of sheep and goats stolen. The officers acted illegally and with unnecessary force, arriving with guns drawn and pointed towards people, making arrests, and forcefully detaining anyone who attempted to document their actions.

The sheep and goats are the primary food source of these traditional families who live in an extremely remote region. It is indescribably traumatic for the elderly Dineh to suffer the loss of their animals in this way, and the stress extends not only to those who have been targeted so far, but to every family in the "HPL" relocation areas, because no one knows whose homesite the police may come to next.

Fortunately, the community organized themselves quickly and effectively, putting out calls for support, pressuring the agencies involved, and organizing demonstrations including a march on the Navajo Nation headquarters in Window Rock that resulted in the Navajo Nation government joining the call for the impoundments to cease immediately. Since October 28th, no further impoundments have occurred, however the community remains on high alert and there are signs that the police may be stepping up their campaign again.

Our Santa Cruz support group has been helping to raise funds for the targeted families (over $4,000 has been raised online so far! And our benefit event is coming up on Nov. 16th), two local supporters travelled to Black Mesa and are currently staying with one of the affected families, and we are planning a small caravan to the land later this month. For more information about the impoundments, and to follow events as they happen, visit the Black Mesa Indigenous Support website and sign up for their email list:

To donate to the Sheep Emergency Fund:


Pauline Whitesinger Passes On

On August 1st, 2014, lifelong Big Mountain resident and relocation resister,Pauline Whitesinger passed on to the spirit world. She was an incredibly strong and courageous individual and a respected leader in her community. Danny Blackgoat will share stories about Pauline at the November 16th event.
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