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Mountain Resident Famous for HPL Resistance Passes On
by Krista Allen, Navajo Times - 30 MAR 2017
TUBA CITY—Katherine Smith, a cultural educator, a
relocation crusader and resistor from Big Mountain, Ariz., has died.
She was 98 years old, according to records, but her family says she
was more than 100 years old.
Mary Katherine Smith, the daughter of Katherine Smith, said her
mother passed away at 11:18 a.m. on March 29.
Behind a fence holding a rifle outside her Hogan, wearing her
traditional outfit, is an iconic photograph of Katherine Smith that
shows her amid a territorial dispute between the Diné and the
This Diaspora is also the focus of “Broken Rainbow,” an
Oscar-nominated documentary that she took part in.
Katherine Smith was Tábąąhá, and born for Chíshí Dine’é. Her
maternal grandfather was Tł’ízíłání and her paternal grandfather was
Katherine Smith often drew on Diné philosophy to explain her
profound connection to her ancestors’ traditional land she called
home, and played an indispensable role protecting it when the
federal government removed thousands of Diné families from Hopi
In the mid-summer of 1979, a Bureau of Indian Affairs crew set out
to fence her property in Big Mountain – Dziłntsaa in Diné Bizaad –
only to find themselves staring into the muzzle of her .22 caliber
rifle, according to history. She fired over their heads, and when
they scattered, she began pulling apart the fence.
Katherine Smith at that point in time was arrested on serious
charges, only to receive a directed verdict of acquittal from a
“That was just a representation of what she stood for,” Mary Smith
said in an interview with the Navajo Times on Wednesday night. “One
of her last words … a couple of days ago was, ‘I never sold out. I
never sold my land, I never left, I never took payment, and I never
got a relocation house. I stayed on my land where I was born, and I
feel like I won this battle.’”...
Tribe Ramps up Freeway Fight over Sacred Mountain Today with Prayer
Ahwatukee Foothills News - 27 SEP 2016
by Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive Editor
Native Americans are escalating their fight against the South
Mountain Freeway with a “peaceful resistance camp” on the Gila River
Indian Community side of the mountain and a protest walk this
afternoon to a presentation on the highway.
The camp, called Moadag Thadiwa, also is the staging area for
a 10-mile prayer walk that Native American protesters and members of
the Ahwatukee-based Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children plan
prior to the 6 p.m. freeway meeting conducted at Desert Vista High
School by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The Native American protestors plan to walk along Pecos Road,
eventually meeting up with PARC members as they head toward Desert
ADOT has stressed that the meeting will not include questions
from the floor in an “open microphone” format. Instead, attendees
will have to write questions on cards. Design team representatives
also will be on hand for one-on-one discussions at various stations
in the school’s multipurpose room....
Ceremony Memorializes Reburial of Indigenous People’s Remains at Cal
State Long Beach Press-Telegram - 23 SEP 2016
Gathering-songs of the Chumash people, sung to the rhythm of
a rattling gourd, filled the air Thursday morning at the opening of
a ceremony commemorating the reburial of human remains and artifacts
belonging to the indigenous Tongva people who inhabited the lands
now developed as Cal State Long Beach and surrounding shopping
centers and neighborhoods.
“It’s good to hear the songs of the indigenous people of this
land, the place we call Cal State Puvungna, known affectionately as
‘The Beach,’ ” said Craig Stone, director of the American Indian
Studies program at the campus officially called Cal State Long
NEWS FROM LOUISE
BENALLY ABOUT THE FAMILY'S CATTLE IMPOUNDED BY THE BIA
SENAA International & Louise Benally - 13 April 2016
Thank you Friends, Relatives and Supporters! My family got their
cattle back today, all except a four month old calf that wasn't branded, they
tell my aunt Ruth Benally, 97 years old, "your permit expired, therefore you are
illegal with your animals"; then they decide the baby calf wasn't branded, so it can't go
with its mother. It is still was nursing. These people are so evil. It's too young
We are given 30days to do away with all the animals, cattle, horses
and sheep. we will be keeping you posted... — Louise Benally
Dead at 27 The Shocking Truth behind the Police Shooting of Navajo Mom Loreal
by Jorge Rivas, FUSION - 11 April 2016
Native Americans living near the Navajo reservation in Arizona are
asking why a “big white male” police officer had to shoot a “petite
Native woman” five times. Native American leaders in the town of Winslow
say police left Loreal Tsingine’s lifeless body on a sidewalk for hours,
lying there with bullet wounds on her hand, arm, and neck and exit
wounds in her back.
Winslow Police claim the 27-year-old mom, who was shot dead on March
27th, resisted arrest and threatened officers with a pair of scissors.
Witnesses recount a much different story.
Hundreds Attend Funeral of Joe Medicine Crow, the Last War Chief of His
Who Earned the Title During WWII and Died at 102 Daily Mail - 08 APR 2016
Prominent state leaders and tribal officials in ceremonial
headdresses crowded around the flag-draped coffin of the last surviving
war chief of Montana's Crow Indian Tribe.
At least 700 mourners on Wednesday packed into the one building on
the Crow reservation large enough to fit them all, viewing the coffin of
Joe Medicine Crow flanked by his World War II uniform and a picture of
him in a massive feathered headdress.
Medicine Crow, who died Sunday at 102, spent decades cataloging
Crow history and became a renowned Native American historian who was
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in
Medicine Crow attained the title of war chief for a series of deeds
performed during combat in World War II. During the war, he wore an
eagle feather under his helmet and war paint under his uniform.
Impoundments: Big Mountain Under Siege Again
Censored News - 07 APR 2016 Greetings,
We are writing to report more attacks against the communities of
Black Mesa in the form of livestock impoundments. One Big Mountain resister who had several cattle impounded in
this latest round says:
"They are asking $435 per
cow per day and they are even counting calves that are less than a
month old. They aren't being fed hay.
They run all the animals with four runners and some cows got
separated from the calves and left behind. Stop abusing the animals,
Tell the Hopi Rangers. End the harassment. Where are our human
rights? Our animals need their rights. They don't need to be pinned
up and abused. Stop separating the calves from their mothers.
My animals have been here for many generations. They said we are
looking for trespassers but these animals are not trespassers, they
have always been here."--Big Mountain Resister (who they are calling
of Big Mountain, made this statement:
"We are asking you to take action. Big Mountain is under siege
Big Mountain is a time-soaked corner of the Navajo Nation in northern
Arizona, a high-desert plateau where the Hopi and Navajo tribes have
lived for centuries—but the natives are being forced out by the US
government in an eviction process which began 50 years ago and continues
to this day.
Also called Black
Mesa, the plateau follows the outline of a prehistoric lake, and over
the long millennia the life supported by the water decayed to form the
largest coal deposit in the US. ...
Benally Cattle Seized at Big
US holds Dineh hostage with huge fees to release cattle
by Louise Benally
asking you to take action. Big Mountain is under siege again because
Peabody Coal is losing its income from coal mining, so it is pressuring
the tribal government to attack its own people. We've been opposed to
the mining since 1974 when PL 93-531 was passed. Now with the coal
companies collapsing they are trying to take the only resource we have,
which is our animals to eat and sell.
They are stealing
our livelihood away and holding them in pens and charging us a lot of
money and refusing to bring them back to people's homes....
Big Mountain Resistance Region, BIA-Hopi Impound Animals Censored News - 06 APR 2016
Photos Cattle Seizure at Big Mountain
by NaBahii Keediniihii
April 5, 2016 - Old Dams at Big Mountain - Images are a bit unclear
as to what animals are being rounded up but its very likely horses. No
immediate information came with the photos but one blurb states, "four
stock trailers were filled with cattle." Other images seem to show
police on horseback chasing horses in the distance. Invasion on
traditional Dineh territory and areas of the 40 years of resistance in
All major (dirt) routes within the Dineh resistance areas were
recently improved, a sign of range policing. These are mere attacks by
progressive Hopis (U.S.-supported corporate tribal board) against Dineh
existence, genocidal tactics to obliterate the last of Dineh Big Mtn
history and the ancient Dineh-Hopi cultural relations. Underlining these
lands are not only coal but the so-called Mancos Shale (named after
BIA Hopi Rangers Seized Big Mountain Cattle Censored News - 06 APR 2016
April 6, 2016 – Big Mountain Dineh Bikeyah: Today, there are
up to 40 to 45 cattle impounded at an Indian police stockade on the Hopi
Indian reservation. They are being withheld from Dineh (Navajos) owners
unless they pay several hundreds of dollars per head, including daily
fees. These cattle were confiscated on April 5th in the southeastern
portion of the Big Mountain area, lands partitioned in 1977 to the Hopi
Tribe by the U.S. government, despite the historical residency by
Dineh herders and farmers. The Hopi Tribe's Office of Natural Resource
Protection and Enforcement, backed by multi-agency law enforcement
personnel, converged on this little corner of the now contested region
that has, in the past, seen hostile confrontations....
WASHINGTON - After decades of work and hundreds of millions of
dollars, the end could be in sight for the federal office charged with
relocating Navajo and Hopi families in a land dispute between the two
The director of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation
told a House panel Feb. 26 that he expects to have just over 100
families that will have to be dealt with in the next two years, and
predicted he will make his final budget request for fiscal 2018.
Lawmakers and tribal officials alike welcomed that targeted end
date - but expressed concern that it will actually happen....
BEGAYE CALLS FOR FEDERAL LEVEL INVESTIGATION IN TSINGINE SHOOTING
WINSLOW - Before a crowd of several hundred who had gathered to
memorialize the life of Loreal Tsingine, Navajo Nation President Russell
Begaye called for the City of Winslow to handle the investigation of
Tsingine's shooting in an unbiased and appropriate manner.
Tsingine was shot five times on Easter Sunday as she
struggled with a police officer who tried to apprehend her in response
to an alert of a shoplifting that had taken place at a local convenience
Police Killing of Navajo Woman at Hands of Winslow Officer
Sparks Outcry Azcentral - 01 APR 2016
A Winslow police officer's fatal shooting of a woman suspected of
shoplifting a case of beer has sparked outrage in Arizona and elsewhere.
Members of the Navajo Nation, whose reservation borders Winslow, say
27-year-old Loreal Tsingine suffered discrimination and excessive force
and are demanding that the officer's name be released....
Joseph Medicine Crow, the acclaimed Native American historian,
second world war veteran and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow
tribe, has died aged 102.
Medicine Crow, who was raised by his grandparents in a log house in
a rural area of the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana, wore his
war paint beneath his second world war uniform....
Honoring the Last Surviving War Chief – Joe Medicine Crow PowWows.com - 05 APR 2016
The loss of any of our elders is tough, but this one is especially
heartbreaking. As many news outlets across Indian Country have reported,
the last surviving Crow war chief, Joseph Medicine Crow, has passed
away. He was 102.
In this post from Matthew Brown with the Associated Press, he
details Medicine Crow’s early life.
“A member of the Crow Tribe’s Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow
was raised by his grandparents in a log house in a rural area of the
Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana....
A group of about 70 volunteers
and activists from around the country participated
in an annual Thanksgiving week gathering here
called Black Mesa Indigenous Support, including
18 young people from Santa Cruz.
"A really solid group came
together," said Cat Philips an organizer
of the Santa Cruz contingent. "Everyone
The trip aimed to help the Navajos
prepare for winter because many of them live
without electricity and running water. Many
also face relocation because of a land dispute
that stems from the 1970s....
there be light Black Mesa residents
revel in new-found power by Kathy Helms,
Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, MAY
23, 2009 BLACK MESA, Ariz. — In all of Lillie
Chief’s 84 years, one of the most amazing things
she has witnessed is being able to flip a switch
on the wall and watch her home light up instantaneously.
It is the first time in her life that she has
had electricity. “Now I can see inside here,” she
told Navajo Tribal Utility Authority representatives
during a May 12 visit to her home atop Black
Mesa. The kerosene lamps she once used
have now been stashed in various corners of
the home, and a new electric stove sits in the
corner wrapped in plastic, still waiting to
be hooked up. A propane stove used for cooking
meals sits near the kitchen door. But the new
refrigerator her children bought for her can
be heard humming away in the kitchen....
ready nuke suit by Cindy Cole,
Arizona Daily Sun, MAY 22, 2009 After 12 years of asking various
federal agencies to clean up a federal dump
they contend is leaching radioactive waste into
the local aquifer, the Hopi Tribe is tired of
waiting for action. The Hopi Tribe filed a notice of
intent to sue Thursday, stating that a plume
containing uranium and other contaminants leaching
from an open dump near Tuba City was within
2,500 feet of contaminating water supplies for
two Hopi villages. The pollution left in the
unlined dump -- a dump created by the Bureau
of Indian Affairs -- is an "imminent and
substantial" threat to public health and
the environment, and is a result of multiple
federal agencies approving Cold War-era mining
and milling operations that have polluted multiple
landscapes in Arizona, the tribe asserted. The Navajo Nation has already filed
a notice that they intend to sue over the same
cleanup begins URI assessment looks
for radiation hot spots by Kathy Helms,
Diné Bureau, Gallup Independent, MAY
5, 2009 CHURCHROCK — Uranium Resources Inc.
and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency
began a weeklong assessment Monday of Section
17 in Churchrock where its subsidiary, Hydro
Resources Inc., has proposed in situ mining
of uranium. Rick Van Horn, chief operating officer
for URI/HRI, said Tuesday that the two entities
are looking at what the radiation values are
and how they impact the air, soils, and water
in the area of Section 17. As part of the field work,0D background
levels will be established under the review
of Navajo EPA. “We have people that are looking
over our shoulders providing oversight on-site,
real time, and that will be part of the data
set that we collect,” Van Horn said....
were denied' Groups appeal U.S.
decision to meld Black Mesa Mine with Kayenta
mine permit by Cindy Yurth,
Tséyi' Bureau, Navajo Times, JANUARY
29, 2009 CHINLE - A coalition of tribal and
environmental groups Jan. 22 filed an appeal
seeking to reverse the U.S. Office of Surface
Mining's recent decision to incorporate the
idle Black Meas Coal Mine into Peabody' Western
Coal Co.'s existing life-of-mine permit for
its Kayenta Mine. Citing the impacts as diverse as
the spiritual desecration of the mesa, ground
water depletion and the eventual contribution
to global warming caused by burning the estimated
670 million tons of coal left in Black Mesa,
the coalition is asking the U.S. Interior Department
to reconsider its Dec. 22 decision. The appeal was filed with Interior's
Office of Hearings and Appeals by the Enrgy
Minerals Law Center in Durango, Colo....
green for Navajo is all natural by Karen Francis,
Bureau, Gallup Independent, JANUARY 19, 2009 WINDOW ROCK - The tradition of the
Navajo people long ago was to live a sustainable
life in harmony with the earth. Navajo people would tend to the
cornfields to provide nourishment and build
hogans out of natural materials for shelter. So today’s Navajo Green Job initiative
builds upon the traditions of the Diné,
presenters said during the Power Shift to Navajo
Green Jobs community summit Saturday at the
Navajo Nation Museum....
approve Black Mesa life-of-mine permit by Cindy Yurth, TSÉYI
Bureau, Navajo Times, JANUARY 8, 2009 CHINLE – In a move that surprised
no one, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining gave
Peabody Western Coal Co. a Christmas present,
approving the company's application to roll
the closed Black Mesa Mine into the life-of-mine
permit for the Kayenta Mine. The record of decision, available
for download at www.wrcc.osmre.gov/, was published
Dec. 22. Peabody's spokeswoman Beth Sutton
said the move gives the company more "flexibility"
in the use of its coal leases, although any
new mining in the Black Mesa Complex, as the
incorporated leases are being called, will still
have to be approved by OSM....
Hopi citizens vow to stop Peabody coal mine
expansion by Billy Parish, Native
Times, JANUARY 2009 FLAGSTAFF,
ARIZ. - Two days before Christmas, officials
from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining have
granted a permit to Peabody Coal Company to
expand their mining operations on Navajo and
Hopi lands, despite opposition from local communities
and problems with the permitting process including
lack of adequate time for public comment on
a significant revision to the permit, insufficient
environmental review, and instability in the
Hopi government preventing their legitimate
participation in the process. OSM's "Record
of Decision" is the final stage of the permitting
process for the proposed "Black Mesa Project,"
which would grant Peabody Coal Company a life-of-mine
permit for the "Black Mesa Complex" in northern
Arizona. Tribal citizens protest the expanding
mining operations of Peabody Coal Company. Black Mesa Water Coalition, a Navajo
and Hopi citizens organization working on indigenous
sovereignty and environmental protection, has
vowed to stop Peabody from causing further harm
to Black Mesa. “We are looking into our options
for how to stop this process from moving forward,
including legal action. The permitting process
was flawed and clearly rushed through before
President Bush leaves office,” said Enei Begaye,
Co-Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition....
Acjachemen's victory The Acjachemen quietly
marked the win against the Foothill South toll
road by honoring land that will not be disturbed. by Karin Klein, Los Angeles
Times, DECEMBER 27, 2008 On the chilly
morning of the winter solstice last Sunday,
the sun was just cresting the ridgeline of San
Mateo Canyon as the Acjachemen talking circle
started. Twenty or so people stood around a
campfire. They passed a smoking bundle of dried
white sage from hand to hand, then took turns
speaking. But rather than the cycle of seasons,
the topic on everyone's mind was that they had
won, they who are not accustomed to winning.
The ground on which they stood, site of an Acjachemen
village that flourished for more than 8,000
years, would not be traversed by a turnpike.
Not likely, anyway, after the federal government
three days earlier rejected an appeal to build
the Foothill South toll road through San Onofre
to combine mines, upsetting tribes by Kelsey Volkmann, St.
Louis Business Journal, DECEMBER 23, 2008 Despite activists’
and tribal objections, the federal agency that
regulates surface mining approved a permit revision
that combines the coal reserves and facilities
of Peabody Energy’s two Arizona coal mines. The permit, approved Monday by the
U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and
Enforcement, covers Peabody’s Kayenta Mine and
now-closed Black Mesa mine. The permit runs through 2026, and
the possibility of more mining at the site has
tribes threatening to file a lawsuit....