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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Big Mountain Warrior Leonard Benally: 'We want to share our struggle'

Big Mountain Warrior Leonard Benally spent his life fighting Peabody Coal in his homeland and forced relocation from Big Mountain

Today, we share again the words of Leonard Benally of Big Mountain.

Leonard's sister, Louise Benally said today, "Tell the world, this is the same as it is today."

By Brenda Norrell
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Updated Oct. 10, 2021

“We have been living in silence and we have been dying in silence. We want to share with others our struggle. If we walk alone, we are useless, we are nothing,” Leonard Benally said.

It was with great sadness that we shared the news of our dear friend and brother Leonard Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain, passing to the Spirit World in 2013.

Dine' Leonard Benally of Big Mountain, who spent his life fighting Peabody Coal and resisting relocation from his homeland, passed to the Spirit World on Friday. Leonard's family spent the past decades resisting relocation from Black Mesa and naming the names of those responsible for the misery that Navajos are surviving, including tribal politicians, attorneys, and Arizona Congressmen.

Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to the Ninth Circuit Court

Photo by Steve Pavey Chi'chil Bidagoteel, Oak Flat on Saturday.
Photo by Steve Pavey

“As it was in the beginning of our people one drum, one prayer and one circle we defended all of humanity with one drum, one prayer and one circle.” ~ Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr.
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Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to the Ninth Circuit Court

By Apache Stronghold
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This statement comes to you with immense concern for the future of all our children and the entire Nigos'dzan (Mother Earth). We have come to a pivotal point in the protection of Chi'chil Bidagoteel, Oak Flat, which unites us together for the simple reason of protecting the future of our children, those yet to born and the world, Earth (Mother Earth).

On October 22, 2021, Our Appeal on the motion for Temporary Restraining order and Preliminary Injunction against the United States, USDA, and Tonto National Forest will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Apache Stronghold is dedicated to the defense of Native American sacred sites.

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