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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Searching for a Signal: Spirit Resistance Radio on Dineh and Hopi Lands

Found the Connection, Searching for a Signal, Dilkon
Spirit Resistance Radio on Dineh and Hopi Lands

(Photo above) Govinda searching for a signal for Spirit Resistance Radio at Dilkon
on the Navajo Nation, as we prepare to broadcast live Dine'
CARE's Peoples Convention and 30 Year Anniversary.
Wonderful to back in the Homelands!

Dilkon, Navajo Nation

Dilkon, Navajo Nation

Outside Dilkon Chapter House today.

Photos by Brenda Norrell
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Please join us Friday through Sunday, June 1 -- 3, 2018, as we share the voices of the people at Dine' CARE's People Convention in Dilkon.
Convention begins with registration and setting up camps on Friday at noon, with speakers at 4 pm.
Full day of great speakers all day Saturday, and on Sunday morning.

Today we are also on the Hopi Nation as well. We are not taking photos on Hopiland, out of respect for Hopi law.

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Hweeldi: Considering the Wisdom and Treaty at Shiprock

Navajo Treaty 1868

Hweeldi: Considering the Wisdom and Treaty at Shiprock

By Duane Chili Yazzie
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To the Editor:
As the survivors of Hweeldi, Ft. Sumner (internment site for Dine' and Mescalero Apaches during the 1860's) were leaving Hweeldi, the place of sorrow and suffering, they warned to not look back or go back to that terrible place. There are many of us who find it necessary and appropriate to respect and honor those words of advice and admonishment. In keeping with this there will be an observance on June 1, 2018, at the Shiprock chapter house starting at 11 a.m.
There will be stories of our time as prisoners of war at Hweeldi. We will consider the Treaty as a document in today's circumstances. Finally we will consider a Declaration of Dine' Identity, a draft copy of which is attached. The purpose will be to have the people understand the proposed Declaration, ask the attendees to approve the document and have whoever wants to sign the Declaration to sign. all are invited. 
Read Declaration:
Declaration of Dine' Identity

Declaration of Dine' Identity, Submission by Chili Yazzie

Submitted by Chili Yazzie, Dineh
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We, the Diné People across Earth Mother declare this statement of Diné Identity In our creation, the Great Creator made us Diyin Nohookáá Diné with our songs, language, cultural ways and identity in our homelands on this our Earth Mother.
  1. As Diné People, we are indigenous to these lands, our relationship with the land is intrinsic and sacred; to separate us from the land is loss of spirit and living.
  2. We honored our original instructions and lived our lifeways through hardship and times of happiness, a life of balance with nature; until the great intrusion.
  3. Under the vile banners of the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny, the newcomers imposed upon us a foreign and contradicting way of life purpose.
  4. The time of war between our indigenous world and the newcomers ended with our imprisonment at Hweeldí. We fought to defend our lifeways and our land.
  5. After years of captivity we were freed to come home within our four mountains upon X-ing the Treaty of 1868 written by bilagaana through bilagaana eyes.
  6. The Treaty did not establish nor create our sovereign status; the Treaty only confirmed the sovereignty bestowed us by the Creator. This truth must prevail.
  7. The Treaty was not done in full good faith, as it was imposed on us under great duress, we did not fully understand its intent. We only wanted to come home.
  8. The Treaty said we will not bear arms, but our Diné Warriors served in greater ethnic ratio in America’s military with courage and honor; defending the land.
  9. We’ve adopted and adapted in our 2 worlds for 150 years. And still we cherish and celebrate our Dinéness; the Creator did not err in making us who we are.
  10. We revere these lands blessed to us. The notion that our land belongs to the government, that we are its wards contravenes the Creator’s original intent.
  11. We declare we will remain Diné in perpetuity and we declare that we belong to the land and that the land belong to us in the way the Great Creator intended.  

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