August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 10, 2020

NDN Collective Nick Tilsen: 'We have to act in courage and in bravery'



JULY 10, 2020
NICK TILSEN STATEMENT UPON RELEASE FROM ARREST: “WE HAVE TO ACT IN COURAGE AND IN BRAVERY.”

NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen was among 20 Land Defenders arrested while protesting Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore. After being detained for three days, he shared this statement.

On Monday, July 6, NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen was released from Pennington County Jail in Rapid City after being arrested during a protest on July 3 in the Black Hills and detained over the Fourth of July weekend. This, after protesting President Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore in Ȟesápa, the sacred Black Hills, along with nearly 200 other Land Defenders. Twenty of them were arrested and now face criminal charges.

In the lead up to Trump’s visit, NDN Collective called for the closure of Mount Rushmore as a national monument and for the Black Hills to be returned to Lakota people.
THIS IS THE STATEMENT THAT NICK GAVE AT THE NDN COLLECTIVE HEADQUARTERS UPON HIS RELEASE FROM PENNINGTON COUNTY JAIL.
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Flight volunteers help grassroots Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief reach most in need



Cassandra Begay
Photo credit: Ginger and Danielle Payant
Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
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(July 8, 2020) -- The first flight of the Navajo Airbridge Program made possible by partnership between Airserv and Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is ready to go.

This flight will be the first of two flights delivered to Chinle, Arizona, today. Cargo for these flights consist of 50 cases (4 gallons per case) of sanitizer per plane, and 30 cases of water (3.16 gallons each) per plane. Supplies will be delivered to rural Navajo Nation communities of Black Mesa, Blue Gap, Hard Rock, Low Mountain, Whipporwhill, Salina Springs,Cottonwood, Pinion and Tsaile by Team Lead Walton Yazzie and Chinle volunteers.

Special thank you to “PPE for Navajo First Responders” and Terry’s group “Helping Hands for the Navajo Nation” for the sanitizer supply and delivery to the airport. Thank you to Ginger, volunteer, and Danielle Payant, Airserv Communications Director, for coordination and loading of supplies on the ground. Thank you to Walton Yazzie and Chinle volunteers for all your hard work to deliver supplies to Navajo community members in remote areas.

Thank you to Navajo and Hopi COVID-19 flight committee members for your hard work and coordination of efforts.









Below: July 9, 2020 -- Today flights 3 and 4 of our Navajo Air Bridge program with Airserv International was deployed carrying relief supplies of tents, cots, and sleeping bags for COVID-19 relatives in Whitecone and Dilkon communities. In addition, immune-compromised  supplies and water were delivered for the Kayenta, Arizona community that will be delivered to Black Mesa and surrounding areas.

Thank you so much to the Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Arizona Team, Lead Delores Greyeyes, Chinle Team lead Walton Yazzie and volunteers, Danielle Payant and NHFC19R flight committee for making this happen!