Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 7, 2015

Dine' Walk against Fracking 'Our Journey for Existence!'

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Update: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015: Ya'aht'eeh Abiní. I know many of you have been wondering what the route is. We covered 12 miles yesterday from Dził Náá'ooldiłi to Nageezi. Here is the plan for the rest of the week. Today we plan on covering as many miles as we can, Chaco is our next destination and its approximately 24 miles. We expect it to take 2 days. Afterwards it's back to 550 to Counselor. We are asking for your prayers as we journey into the heart of the fracking boom.

On January 6, 2015, we will start from the fireplace and doorway of Diné Bikéyah, at Dził Nahodiłii (Huerfano, NM), the homeplace place of our people, which is threatened by fracking. There are over 400 proposed drill sites and within the past couple months over 100 have been started in the region. From there we will walk to communities through the Eastern Agency, and then to Tsoodzil (Mt. Taylor, Grants, NM) which also threaten by uranium mining. This first leg of our journey will be 200 miles, and will take us approximately 3 weeks.
In the seasons to come, we will extend our walk to the other mountains and regions of Diné Bikéyah. To Doo’o’k’osliid (San Francisco Peak, Flagstaff, AZ) in the Spring, the Dibé Ntsáá (Hesperus, CO) in the Summer, and in the fall we will go all the way to Sisnajiní (Blanca Peak, Alamosa, CO). All combined, we will be walking over 1000 miles in 2015.

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