The Waters Connect Us YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS Allies from the West, Southwest and North of the Artificial Border will be here
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 1937 West Adams in Phoenix
Saturday and Sunday Events are hosted on the Gila River Indian Community, D7 Center, at 8035 S. 83rd Avenue in Laveen.
Saturday, March 12th: 10-6pm presentations and keynote, with an open mic in the evening. Lunch and dinner will be served. Traditional Pii Paash Bird Singers and dinner Saturday evening @ 8447 S. 91st Ave, Laveen, AZ
Sunday, March 13th: 10-2PM Discussion and strategizing for next steps. Lunch will be served.
Bring a tent and sleeping bag for camping at the Sunn Residence, who are hosting us @ 8447 S. 91st Ave, Laveen, AZ. Days should be in the 70's, nights in 50's. If you plan to camp, let us know when you plan to arrive.
Hotels and motels are in the area (McDowell and 91st Avenue).
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.
Saturday and Sunday features presentations and discussion on: -Tradition and Water on the Gila River (Pii Paash and O'otham) -Manny Pino, Leona Morgan and Mercury Bisuie on the Legacy of Uranium mining in the Four Corners (Sanders, AZ and NM area) -Idle No More organizing and mobilizing with founder Nina Was'te (Nakota/Cree) -Gold King Mine Waste Spill on the Animas River with Janene Yazzie -Wendsler Nosie and Naelyn Pike from the Apache Stronghold at Oak Flat -Protecting the Colorado River from nuclear waste at Ward Valley -Standing against Peabody Coal power plant at Black Mesa with Louise Benally -Protecting Diné water and defeating a proposed coal fired plant with Elouise Brown from Chaco Rio, New Mexico -Keynote with 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.
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.
The event is being hosted by Pii Paash Uumish, Owe Aku and Peoples Media Project, with the support of many other individuals and organizations from the communities represented.