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Klee Benally Court Update: Judge Rules Against Religous Freedom

Coconino Court Judge Howard Grodman issues his ruling Thursday that Klee Benally was guilty for “trespassing” and “disorderly conduct.”

 

 

Ya’a’teh,
Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support! The judge’s ruling comes as no surprise. The courts are part of the same system that is profiting from the destruction of our culture and mother earth. Snowbowl, the Obama Administration’s USDA & Forest Service, & the City of Flagstaff are guilty of violating human rights and the Holy Peaks.
The struggle continues!

Here are some previous statements:

“The struggle to protect Dooko’osliid (San Francisco Peaks) continues, we must defend our ways of life and the natural law. As long as our hearts beat with an understanding that our actions are for future generations and cultural survival, then this struggle is not over.”

“How can I be “trespassing” on this site that is so sacred to me? This is my church. It is the Forest Service and Snowbowl who are violating human rights and religious freedom by desecrating this holy Mountain…” said Klee in a previous statement, “Their actions are far beyond ‘disorderly’.”

“The Forest Service, the City of Flagstaff, & the courts have proven that they do not understand or respect our spiritual ceremonies and practices and our spiritual relationship to the Earth,” said Klee, “We have no guaranteed protection for our religious freedom as Indigenous Peoples in the United States.”

Please read more about the case: http://www.indigenousaction.org/religious-freedom-expression-on-trial-in-klee-benally-sacred-mountain-defense-case-no-verdict-after-3-hour-trial/

Sentencing may occur on June 28th, stay updated at www.indigenousaction.org or at www.twitter.com/eelk.

www.ProtectthePeaks.org, www.TrueSnow.org, www.IndigenousAction.org

 

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SHAME ON THAT COURT, ON THAT JUDGE, ON THAT VIOLATION OF JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENT AND SURVIVAL!!!

[…] Klee Benally, lead singer of the Navajo punk band Blackfire, was convicted of trespassing and disorderly conduct for chaining himself to excavator in protest of construction, the expansion of a ski resort, and […]

ALL MY SUPPORT FOR TOMORROW!
STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE!

The sad irony is that Mr. Benally was arrested for performing a community service. While I am heartened that the court sentenced him to do more of the same good deeds, I am saddened and a bit shamed that his actions were deemed criminal in the first place.

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