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Alert: Diné Face Arrest & Livestock Theft on Black Mesa



UPDATE: Due to public concern the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Office (NHLCO) issued a statement on Oct 24, 2014: “To avoid creating a situation that will harm both tribes and the HPL residents, (NHLCO) requests that the Hopi Tribe cease and desist from further impoundment activities and allow NHLCO an opportunity to confer with the residents to request they remove their livestock in excess of permitted from the HPL.”

Hopi Rangers Taking Diné Sheep

Hopi Rangers Taking Diné Sheep

October 23, 2014 – UPDATE from HPL (Hopi Partition Land) residents:  Shirley Tohannie and elder Caroline Tohannie had their entire herd of 65 sheep impounded by the Hopi Rangers (US federal government) Tuesday, October 22, 2014.If the fines aren’t paid the sheep will go to auction, and the family is being told that the sheep will not be able to return to the family’s rangeland.  The cost to release the livestock is nearly $1,000.

Jerry Babbit Lane, the Tohannie’s neighbor on the HPL, was arrested by Hopi rangers when he attempted to check on his neighbors and was charged with disorderly conduct. He was released this evening, 10/23. Rangers told Shirley they plan to take Rena’s (Jerry’s mother) sheep too and that they’re going to start impounding across the HPL.

 As we’re writing, another family on Big Mountain has had nearly their entire herd impounded.

PLEASE DONATE HERE for an impoundment fund.

Residents are requesting human rights observers and sheepherders during this time of escalated harassment.  If you or anyone you know can come be a human rights observer to support the Dineh resistance on Black Mesa, now is the time. Doing human rights observation work can help stop or slow down the impoundment process. Families who will be potentially impacted by impoundments are requesting solidarity. Email if you can come out.

“Call the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Hopi Rangers, and the Department of Interior. Ask they stop impounding sheep on the HPL. This is current day colonialism, our food sovereignty is being attacked. Call the BIA superintendent Wendel Honanie (at 928-738-2228), the Hopi Rangers Clayton Honyumptewa at (928-734-3601), and the Department of Interior at  (202 208-3100) and ask that they stop the unjust impoundments.”–Louise Benally

Although these orders are coming from current Hopi policy, ultimately the relocation laws and livestock impoundments result from the federal government and Peabody Energy’s divide and conquer strategy used to open up the land for massive coal mining. “In the 1970s, Hopi elders encouraged the Diné elders to remain on their homelands, saying if they did relocate, the coal mine would expand. The Hopi elders said it wasn’t them who wanted the land.”–NaBahii Keediniihii

A July 2012 report by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission classifies the relocation as a massive human rights violation and demands the immediate repeal of PL 93-531 and an end to relocation efforts and harassment in the form of surveillance, livestock impoundments, and disruption of gatherings and ceremonies that the resistance community experiences.

The sheep sustain the vitality of the people and the land, and traditional grazing practices need to be supported not severed. Impoundments are nothing less than harassment and human  rights violations.

For background information on the resistance of the HPL communities, click here.

***Please forward this request far and wide by re-posting or sending this to ten people***

Editors note: This action is occurring as winter approaches and sheep and other livestock are the livelihood for many Diné facing oppressive conditions imposed by PL93-531. The update below uses the controversial term “HPL (Hopi Partitioned Lands),” some Diné resisters recognize this area as Sovereign Diné Nation and not HPL.

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  1. Christine Prat

    October 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

  2. Native Person

    October 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Yet Cliven Bundy is still allowed to keep his cattle on public lands without paying his fees, and pulling guns on federal agents????

  3. Sikyatalmana

    October 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    navajos have so much land already, what’s the problem with hopis trying to reclaim some of what was ours to begin with?? the navajos came traveling through when it was our hopi people who seen others starving and exhausted, and weren’t hesitant to lend a hand by feeding you and letting you observe our traditional ways. in exchange for our kindness we got in return, war over our homelands, false claims that we learned all our traditional ways from navajos, and still to this day we cannot go to gather yucca and eagles from the areas where our ancestors once did because navajos have taken complete control over the lands making our ceremonies more difficult to prepare for and practice. how long did you think this unfair treatment towards our people (hopis) would last?? we are people of peace but we will not stand by silently when we see something that just isn’t right.

    • Lora

      October 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I agree with the comment made by Sikyatalmana…it s a shame that our tribe is not hesitant to use the media to show what they feel is “injustice”…but I’ve learned the media only reports half the story..and as Navajos, I know that we are greedy, and always lay claim to something that doesn’t belong to us..I’ve loaned out tools and stuff to relatives an friends…and when I need it back they say..”No, that’s mine..” Or ” I thought you gave it to me.. “… That’s what ” loan” means to them…don’t give an inch…cuz they take a mile an then some…I know cuz I’m a Navajo..

    • kee navajo

      October 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      If history is correct we protected and saved your people from other raiding tribes. If we didn’t you would have been just another Anasazi’. Dine’ been here to begin with.

  4. Cdverg

    October 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    What is wrong is that the Federal Government (working through Hopi) is seizing personal property and destroying peoples livelihoods with intimidation and without compensation or due recourse. This is not just about a few unimportant Navajo people – it is about each and every US Citizen. Is this how you want to be treated? Is this what people want to be like in the US – to live in conflict, in fear of oppression and to inflict suffering on each other? So much for living in peace, so much for democracy….

    • Arni Lightning

      October 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Democraty has always been a farce.
      If the old life is a crime, what about the new : “CHANGE ” ? ? ?
      Just to compare the dutch vieuw on these matters.
      Waist of juditional energy and power .
      Smells like corruption is involved.

  5. Arni Lightning

    October 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM


    • Arni Lightning

      October 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Both tribes get real, do you really walk in eachothers way ? ? ?

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O’odham Executed by Border Patrol: Statement by Raymond Mattia Family




Raymond Mattia of the Tohono O’odham Nation was executed by US border patrol agents on May 18th at his home. He was reportedly shot 38 times.

A peaceful gathering to support all victims of the
unmonitored violent actions of the Border Patrol and other agencies will be held at The Border
Patrol Station in Why, Az, and Tucson on Golf Links Road this Saturday, May 27th, from

For more information please visit:

Statement by Mattia Raymond’s family:

We have been trying to find the strength to write this statement. This tragedy is so
grievous because it is apparent what had happened. Raymond called for help and, in turn, was
shot down at his doorstep. Raymond’s rights were violated by the authorities whom we trust to
protect our Nation. Improper and unprofessional actions of the agencies involved were witnessed
by family members present near the crime scene. Loved ones sat in agony, not knowing of
Raymond’s condition until they were told that he had passed hours later. Raymond lay in front of
his home for seven hours before a coroner from Tucson arrived.
In our eyes and hearts, we believe that Raymond was approached with excessive and
deadly force that took his life. He was a father, brother, uncle, friend, and an involved
community member. Raymond always fought for what was right, and he will continue to fight
even after his death. This is not an isolated incident, but it should bring awareness of the
oppression our people live through.
We want to thank so many of you for your condolences and support. A GoFundMe for
defense funds will be available soon. A peaceful gathering to support all victims of the
unmonitored violent actions of the Border Patrol and other agencies will be held at The Border Patrol Station in Why, Az, and Tucson on Golf Links Road this Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00am-Noon.

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ALERT: Imminent Uranium Mining Threat at Grand Canyon – Haul No!




Underground blasting & above ground work has begun at Pinyon Plain/Canyon Mine, just miles from the Grand Canyon. 

Workers are readying to start mining uranium at the mine. According to the Forest Service, workers are blasting daily though no ore is being moved yet. Once Energy Fuels starts hauling out radioactive ore, they plan to haul 30 tons per day through Northern Arizona to the company’s processing mill 300 miles away. 

The Grand Canyon, sacred site Red Butte, precious water, and communities along the haul route are in danger! 

As all legal options have failed, we need you to join us to stand up and stop this nuclear catastrophe from permanently poisoning our communities!

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For more info & to donate for legal defense:

Pinyon Plain/Canyon Mine Haul Route Facts:

* Total distance of 300 miles.

* 12 trucks with capacity to haul up to 30 tons of highly radioactive ore per day.

* Truck loads to be covered with thin tarps, the only shielding from uranium and only protection from environmental contamination.

* Proposed route will go through high population areas such as Valle, Williams, and Flagstaff; as well as through rural Navajo reservation communities including Cameron, Tuba City, and Kayenta; near the Hopi reservation, and finally arrive at Energy Fuel’s White Mesa Mill only three miles from the Ute Mountain Ute tribal community of White Mesa, Utah.

#haulno #stoppinyonplainmine



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Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Rage 2022




This is a call for an Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage Against Colonialism on Sunday, October 9, 2022, everywhere.

We heard that mass actions are a bit out of fashion this season & lone wolfs or affinity groups are all the rage.

Counter the spectacle of the “good, respectable Indian” and their mundane celebrations of assimilation. Your ancestors invite you to embrace the veracious criminality of anti-colonial struggle and be smart (don’t get caught).
A banner drop? An attack on colonial symbols, monuments, etc. Spray paint? A broken window here, a burning xxxxxxx there? Be fierce and fabulously unpredictable and strike in the darkest part of the night (points if you use glitter). Even the smallest Indigenous dreams of liberation are greater than the settler nightmares we live everyday.

We won’t be making any lists or asking for emails this year due to a heightened sense for the need of greater security culture. Though we will post any securely and anonymously sent reports and pics in the aftermath.

In the spirit of Jane’s Revenge, abort colonialism. Colonizer (c)laws off our bodies!
– The insurrectionary anti-colonial invisible council of IPDR.


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