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Friday, June 15, 2018

Video Exposes Border Patrol Running Over Tohono O'odham in Topawa Today

Video exposes U.S. Border Patrol agent intentionally run over young Tohono O'odham man in Topawa community on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
The Border Patrol agent fled the scene in this hit and run, and the O'odham victim was treated at the hospital.

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O'odham in Mexico on Facebook post:
Esto paso en la comunidad de Topawa. El joven oodham empiezo de grabar cuando miro un agente de aduanas y protección fronteriza parkeado en la casa abandonada de su abuela. Esto paso ayer a las 630pm.
This happened yesterday at 630pm in the Topawa community.
This happened in the community of Topawa. Young O'odham starts recording when I look at a customs agent and border protection parked at his grandmother's abandoned house. This happened yesterday at 6:30 pm.
This happened yesterday at 6:30pm in the Topawa community.

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Apache Stronghold: Prayer for the Water, Gold King Mine Spill

By Steve Pavey
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June 15, 2018

The Stronghold Sacred Journey stops to pray at the Animas river on its way to Pueblo, CO. In 2015 the Gold King Mine Spill poisoned the Animas and San Juan rivers with heavy metals and other toxins that affected up to 2,000 Navajo farmers crops and cattle. The EPA took responsibility but paid no damages claiming Sovereign Immunity. This sacred journey is about exposing through the Poor People’s Campaign this country’s priority of corporate interests and profit over the interests of the earth and sacred life. 

Apache Stronghold Spiritual Journey -- The Myth of Santa Fe

By Steve Pavey
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Apache Spiritual Stronghold stops at the plaza in Sante Fe to talk and pray. This monument to “the heroes who have fallen in the various battles with (Savages - which has been scratched off) Indians ...” stands in the middle.
As a part of the Poor Peoples Campaign this sacred journey is for healing to confront the deception of the birth of America - its first chapter that is far too often ignored. 

Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine'

Sorting through wool to pull out any debris before it’s washed. Photo by Angelo Baca

Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine'

By Samuel Tunick
Black Mesa Water Coalition
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This summer, Black Mesa Water Coalition, in partnership with Diné College and the Land Grant Office, is hosting the 7th Annual Wool & Mohair Buy. This event brings wool buyers directly to producers, getting fairer prices for Diné sheep herders by cutting out border-town middle-men, and providing workshops about how to better shear, sort and grade wool. I'm working under Just Transition Campaigner, Marie Gladue, to provide media coverage for this year's wool buy on Navajo; mainly doing interviews with attendees to produce a radio forum, with my partner, Trudy Tso, about the wool market, and the wool buy's role in bringing about a just transition from extractive economies to regenerative, living economies based in tradition and community.

Upcoming:Saturday, June 16 —Tsaile, AZ - Diné College (9am-2pm)
Sunday, June 17 — Kaibeto Chapter House (9am-2pm)
Monday, June 18 — Pinon Chapter House (9am-2pm)
Tuesday, June 19 — Tuba City Fairgrounds (9am-2pm)
Wednesday, June 20 — Dilkon Chapter House (9am-2pm)

The event on June 18th in Pinon will be the largest, with food vendors and wool-related workshops, but BMWC staff and fellows will likely be helping out at several of the other locations.

Sam Tunick

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey in Shiprock

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey Caravan was in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation with Shiprock Chapter President Chili Yazzie on Thursday.

By Steve Pavey
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Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey Caravan was in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation with Shiprock Chapter President Chili Yazzie on Thursday.
Chili prayed for us and our sacred journey and then provided us with medicine to be prepared for powerful adversaries along the way.
He reminded us that the most important thing we must struggle to protect is the Mother Earth. He said about the importance of our journey — “The body of the earth is our body ... when they hurt and separate the earth, it is separating us.” Our sacred journey seeks to reconnect and heal the earth and all of our connections.

Schedule Dine' CARE Eastern People's Convention June 21--23, 2018 -- Ní’híł hastíł: Our world has fractu

Halliburton destroying Greater Chaco Region near Lybrook, NM, in Jan. 2018 Photo Daniel Tso

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