THE WATERS CONNECT US
A GATHERING ON THE GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY
(adjacent to Phoenix) March 11-13, 2016
As we all become more educated on how our waterways and aquifers are threatened, exploited and contaminated, the movement grows to defend and protect the future of our pure and sacred waters.
Friday, March 11th: 7-10 Tribute to John Trudell (in Phoenix, address coming soon)
Saturday, March 12th: 10-5pm presentations and keynote, with an open mic in the evening. Lunch and dinner will be served.
Sunday, March 13th: 10-2PM Discussion and strategizing for next steps. Lunch will be served.
Location for Saturday and Sunday is the west end of Gila River Indian Community, on Pii Paash lands (address coming soon).
Bring a tent and sleeping bag for on-site camping, with limited shared housing for elders. Days should be in the 70's, nights in 50's.
All are invited March 11-13th as we gather to discuss important water protection work across the lands of the Southwest and Nation.
We invite everyone to come with open hearts and minds, as we hear from those working on the frontlines of protecting life's most precious resource, our waters. Presentations will be given on the Legacy of Uranium mining on the Four Corners, the Gold King Mine Waste Spill on the Animas River, the Apache Stronghold fight to stop Rio Tinto, water struggles on the Gila River Indian Community (O'otham and Pii Paash territories), efforts to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed, successful efforts to protect the Colorado River in Ward Valley, and the dangers of reclaimed water, among others.
Keynote speaker DEBRA WHITE PLUME, Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne from the Pine Ridge Homelands, will present stories from the frontlines of Lakota territory, including threats to sacred water from new and expanding uranium mines near the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Black Hills, and the transportation of Tar Sands oils through the Keystone XL pipeline.
Presentations will be given on :
the Legacy of Uranium mining on the Four Corners (Sanders, AZ and NM area)
Idle No More with Founder Nina Waste, (Nakota/Cree)
Gold King Mine Waste Spill on the Animas River
the Apache Stronghold fight to stop Rio Tinto
water struggles on the Gila River Indian Community (O'otham and Pii Paash territories)
immigration as a consequence of environmental contamination
efforts to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed
stopping a nuclear waste at the Colorado River in Ward Valley
the potential dangers of using reclaimed water
fracking in Central Arizona
All of our precious, finite water sources are connected, from flowing surface streams across Mother Earth to the underground Aquifers below us, to the raindrops falling from the clouds above, all of water is connected. Water protectors and land defenders can gather during this time to honor water and ancestral lands, and strategize to strengthen and build solidarity to increase the effectiveness of the many movements to protect lands and waters.
Presenters will be updated on Facebook. The event is being hosted by The O'otham and Pii Paash Collective, Owe Aku and Peoples Media Project, with the support of many other individuals and organizations from the communities represented.