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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Photos: Peace and Dignity Runners in Canada

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Peace and Dignity Journeys Runners were running in Canada this week, June 13-17. Thirty runners left Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to run to Brandon on Monday. The host communities included George Gordon First Nation; Key First and and Waywayseecappo First Nations communities. Jose Malvido said today and Sunday there is an intercontinental gathering where work continues to set up the 2012 Peace and Dignity run. The Saskatchewan and Brandon Peace and Dignity Journeys groups are on Facebook.

Oil on Lubicon Land: A Photo Essay

Native American Justice Struggles: Peoples Movement Assembly Tour

Justice struggles in Native American Country
Flagstaff, Arizona
On our third stop on route of the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) southwest organizing tour that started June 1, 2011. Was in Flagstaff, Arizona where we visited Black Mesa Water Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) energy campaign office. In Flagstaff we met with Jihan Gearon from IEN-energy campaign, and Wahleah Johns the Black Mesa Water Coalition.
It was really a surprise stop but we managed to do an interview with Wahela and Jihan, and they quickly organized a BBQ at the house of Wahleah and Billy Parish of Solar Mosaic. The BBQ was joined with about a dozen people of more and it turned out to be a really fun night.
It was such a wonderful and warm experience of ‘brotherhood’ and ‘sisterhood’; family. It was so good that the collective there invited us back Sunday to do a presentation workshop on the PMA process. The workshop will be held Sunday 4-6 PM.
The big issue facing both organizations is DIRTY Coal. It is used t power all of Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and provides water for Phoenix and Tucson as well as 3 millions gallons a day used by Peabody Coal at Black Mountain. The energy issues impact the Navajo nation and the Hopi nation.
We had a great time and stayed over at Wahleah and Billy’s house to sleep for the night before heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to visit the Havasupai Tribe.

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Peoples Movement Tour: Supai Guardians of the Grand Canyon
Havasupai: Peoples Movements Assembly SW Organizing Tour:

Peoples Movements Assembly: Supai Guardians of Grand Canyon

The Havasupai Tribe "Guardians of the Grand Canyon"
by The Peoples Movements Assembly, Southwest Organizing Tour
The Southwest organizing tour of the peoples' Movements Assembly (part of the US Social Forum II), organized by Southwest Workers Union from San Antonio, Texas visited Havasupai Tribe at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the South rim. Supai village has been at the present site since getting removed from the North rim due to Roosevelt making it a National Park and have been 'Guardians of the Grand Canyon" since before the ice age. The Supai village lives off the waters of the creek that is the lifeline of the Havasupai. Yet the creek and the purity of the water is threatened by uranium mining. The uranium trailings contaminate the water.

We visited Carletta Tilousi, council member for the tribe, and Edmund Tilousi, vice chairman of the tribal council. The educated us about the issues and challenges facing the people who have lived at the canyon for tens of thousands of years, because of development, tourism, the national park and mining. The tribal government is in charge of health,solid waste, water, housing, education, community economic development and works with q 12 millions dollar budget.

Ruben Solis Garcia, Reynaldo Padilla Teruel, & Nicole Soto Rodriguez presented at the Community meeting between the tribal government and the community residents. Solis connected the uranium issue facing the Havasupai Tribe and the uranium mining in South Texas and the contamination of drinking water.

The SW PMA tour team hiked 8 miles down thw grand canyon to reach the supai village, but we joined Carletta Tilousi in the helicopter on the way out of the Grand Canyon. We said goodbye to Supai Village but we all said "we will be back."

Native American Justice Struggle, Peoples Movements Asembly Tour
(Interviews with IEN's Jihan Gearon and Wahelah Johns of Black Mesa Water Coalition.)

Havasupai: Peoples Movements Assembly SW Organizing Tour:

Havasupai: Peoples Movements Assembly Southwest Organizing Tour

By the Peoples Movements Assembly
Southwest Organizing Tour

A road trip through the United States Southwest Region to organize social movement gatherings, Peoples Movements Assembly, and to meet and interview 'luchadores' and 'luchadoras' of the frontline struggles for social change.

Dianna Uqualla from the Supai Tribe

It was an honor for us to interview with Dianna Uqualla from the Havasupai Tribe located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the southern rim. She is a traditional elder and leader of the tribe and has served on the Tribal government council. She is fighting to save her village and people from the encroachment of uranium mining.

Fue un honor de poder entrevistar a Dianna Uqualla del Tribu Havasupai que se encuentra en el fondo del gran canon en el estado de Arizona. Este tribu vive en el fondo del gran canon desde la edad del hielo, decenas de miles de anhos. Ella es una lider tradicional indigena que tambien fue parte del consejo de gobierno del tribu.

Also see:

Native American Justice Struggle, Peoples Movements Asembly Tour
Interviews with IEN's Jihan Gearon and Wahleah Johns, Black Mesa Water Coalition

Peoples Movement Tour: Supai Guardians of the Grand Canyon