Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 5, 2015

Flagstaff Gold King Mine Spill Benefit: Abolish Columbus Day Events Oct. 10-12

Contact: Klee Benally

Flagstaff Gold King Mine Spill Benefit and Abolish Columbus Day Events Oct. 10-12, 2015
Benefit Concert, Workshops, Flash Mob, and Forum

Flagstaff, Ariz. — Events will be held in Flagstaff to address the colonial legacy of genocide and slavery celebrated throughout this country as "Columbus Day."
Indigenous Peoples continue to resist centuries of colonial violence in this area known as the Southwest.
From racial profiling, police violence, forced relocation, extreme resource extraction, and desecration of sacred places such as the holy San Francisco Peaks, these events will address remembrance, survivance, and legacies of resilience.

Event organizers are also calling on Flagstaff City Council to take meaningful steps towards recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day.

FB Event:


What: Gold King Mine Spill Relief Benefit Concert and workshops.
Admission is $5-10 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds). Proceeds will go directly to Tohni Relief Fund.

Artists performing:

Radmilla Cody​ (Traditional Diné)
Shining Soul​ (Hip Hop/Phoenix)
Requiem​ (Akimel O'odham Ska Crust/Gila River)
Tha 'Yoties​ (Reggae/Rock/Flagstaff)
Writtyn (Hip Hop/Kayenta)
Sage Bond​ (Acoustic/Tuba City)
Klee Benally​ (Acoustic/Flagstaff)
Darrell Marks​ (Hip Hop/Flagstaff)
Emcee Insurgency (Spoken Word/Flagstaff)

Free Workshops:

Diné Water Security: Unsettling The Tide of Colonization
Organizing & Indigenous Direct Action 101, Know Your Rights
ADOT is the Enemy: Akimel O'odham Youth Collective​ & Gila River Against Loop 202​
Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century​ & the Indigenous Spring
Indigenous Women's Self Defense
Art & Action: Banner Making, Wheat Paste, & Stenciling.

When: Saturday, October 10. Workshops will be held from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Concert starts at 6:30pm and goes until 10:30pm.

Where: At Táala Hooghan, 1704 N 2nd St Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

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What: Flash Mob Round Dance. Singers, drummers, and dancers. Banners addressing Columbus' genocide, and social and environmental justice struggles.

When: Sunday, October 11 at 4:30pm.

Where: Heritage Square Downtown Flagstaff.


What: "Stories of Remembrance, Survivance, and Legacies of Resilience." Sharing knowledge through storytelling. Voices of youth, college students, community leaders, and elders. Forum is free and open to the community.

When: Monday, October 12 from 4:00pm until 6:30pm.

Where: NAU's Native American Cultural Center Gathering Room, bldg. 14

More Information: or call 928-523-8086.


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