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News Release: Tribes File Human Rights Complaint on San Francisco Peaks Desecration



Dated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Havasupai Tribe, Klee Benally, an activist Dineh (Navajo) youth, and the International Indian
Treaty Council, filed an Urgent Action / Early Warning Complaint with the United Nations (UN)
CERD Committee, on the desecration of Sacred San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. The complaint, filed late
Wednesday, August 17, 2011, focuses on recent actions by the Arizona Snowbowl’s clear-cutting of 40
acres of pristine forest and the laying of over 5 miles of a waste water pipeline in furtherance of a US
Forest Service and City of Flagstaff project to spray artificial snow made of waste water effluent on San
Francisco Peaks. On Thursday, August 18th, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, in representation of 20
recognized Indian Tribes and Nations1 filed a letter asking that they also be named in the complaint as

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, known internationally as the CERD
Committee is charged with monitoring compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination
of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The United States ratified the ICERD on 21 October 1994, and has an internationally legally binding
obligation to respect and not violate the human rights recognized in the ICERD, and to ensure that it
is not violated by third parties, including its agency the US Forest Service, the City of Flagstaff, and
private interests such as the Arizona Snowbowl.

Up to 1.5 million gallons of treated sewage effluent would be sprayed on Holy San Francisco Peaks
every day or more than 100 million gallons over the course of the winter ski season. And the city
of Flagstaff, Arizona, would profit by selling 180,000,000 gallons of its treated sewage to Arizona
Snowbowl for this purpose.

“Neither the courts nor the public fully understand our spiritual ceremonies and practices and our
spiritual relationship to the Earth,” said Klee Benally, the Navajo youth petitioner. “We have no
guaranteed protection for our religious freedom as Indigenous Peoples in the US. The Holy San
Francisco Peaks have been sacred to us since time immemorial, thousands of years before there was a
Columbus or a United States. The desecration of this Holy site is an act of cultural genocide.”

“The actions committed by the Arizona Snowbowl Inc., and the USFS reflect a perpetual disregard and
disrespect, as well as a gross violation of Indigenous peoples First Nations fundamental human rights
to live in accordance to their traditional and sovereign ways of life,” said Shannon Rivers, a Gila River
Native Community activist. “The Indigenous Nations who deem this sacred land and place a sacred
site will not sit idly by while Sacred San Francisco Peaks and our cultural and spiritual practices are
violated. All remedies, international as well as national must be used.”

“The international community and international law do not discriminate between religions; all are to
be respected equally under international law,” said Andrea Carmen of the International Indian Treaty
Council, an Indigenous Non-Governmental Organization with consultative status at the United Nations
and one of the petitioners. “For every skier enjoying the fake, sewage effluent snow, there is a Native
American who feels the desecration of this Sacred Place.”

The CERD Committee is expected to formally communicate the complaint to the United States and ask
for a response as to its position on the matter and make a decision soon thereafter.


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No Thanks, No Giving! Indigenous Action Yearly Fundraiser (online)




Support Indigenous radical autonomous, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial organizing & agitation!


Donate to Indigenous Action:


This is our yearly call for material support for Indigenous Action activities & donation drive for Táala Hooghan infoshop unsheltered support & operational expenses.

Indigenous Action (IA/originally Indigenous Action Media) was founded on August 25th, 2001 to provide strategic communications and direct action support for Indigenous sacred lands defense. We are a volunteer-run radical autonomous crew of anti-colonial & anti-capitalist Indigenous trouble makers & propagandists.

We generally are comprised of designers, artists, writers & frontline agitators that work together on a project by project basis (some long-term some short) for liberation for Mother Earth and all her beings. We’ve organized hundreds of actions, marches, banner drops, workshops, conferences, benefits, & much more. 100% of all proceeds directly support radical Indigenous organizing. Everything we do is based on community support. We don’t rely on grants. We’re all in for total liberation.

Some (not all) active projects & organizing we’re currently directly involved with:

  • IA Podcast+ Táala Hooghan Infoshop
  • Kinł
  • Ongoing local/regional frontline support:
  • Resource/supply distro, bail, jail support
    organizing, etc.
  • Graphic & web support for a dozen
    current Indigenous-led campaigns.

Some larger yearly expenses we need immediate support for:

  • Táala Hooghan taxes & utilities (the space has been free to use by KMA for 3 years):
    Approx. $6,000+/year.
  • Regional supply distro for Indigenous unsheltered relatives: $1,000-$3,000, we also maintain funds for emergency hotels.
  • Anti-state repression + DA support: $3,000+ varies, but we maintain an ongoing bail fund & frontline resource support.

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16th Annual No Thanks, No Giving!




Indigenous Action presents:
16th Annual No Thanks, No Giving!
Food share, anti-colonial resistance & solidarity discussion circle, & online fundraiser!


1:30p – 4pm
We will prepare and serve mutton stew and other foods for all who join us. Please bring any dish to contribute if you wish, we also plan on actively distributing (possibly mobile) any extra foods.

Local volunteers needed! Contact:

At 2:30p we will have a talking & action circle focused on anti-colonial resistance & solidarity. Representatives of Kinłani Mutual Aid, Haul No!, volunteers with Protect the Peaks, and autonomous organizers supporting unsheltered relatives will present & discuss upcoming actions & organizing. We will also discuss building Indigenous solidarity with local efforts to Free Palestine. Come ready to share, support and get involved! Everyone welcome!
This event is free, please bring donations for unsheltered relative support (tents, sleeping bags, tarps, jackets, etc).

This is also our yearly fundraiser for Táala Hooghan infoshop and Indigenous Action activities!
Please donate online via PayPal:
Support Indigenous autonomous organizing and agitation!

*We will not host a livestream this year.

When: Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023
1:30pm – 4:00pm MST.

Where: Táala Hooghan Infoshop1704 N 2nd St, Kinłani (Occupied Flagstaff), AZ

MASKS REQUIRED This event will be held both indoors and outdoors (dress warm!) with limited indoor space. We will maintain social distancing & mask protocols for immunocompromised relatives.

For 16 years we have hosted No Thanks, No Giving! as an anti-colonial event to bring together radical Indigenous voices, share traditional foods, and benefit unsheltered relatives at Táala Hooghan Infoshop in Kinlani (Flagstaff, AZ). More info:

#nothanksnogiving #MutualAid #indigenousmutualaid #solidaritynotcharity

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New Book: No Spiritual Surrender, Klee Benally

New Book: No Spiritual Surrender: Indigenous Anarchy in Defense of the Sacred is a searing anti-colonial analysis rooted in frontline experience.




No Spiritual Surrender, Klee Benally Book
New Book: No Spiritual Surrender, Klee Benally

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE & SELECT BOOKSTORES: No Spiritual Surrender: Indigenous Anarchy in Defense of the Sacred

No Spiritual Surrender: Indigenous Anarchy in Defense of the Sacred is a searing anti-colonial analysis rooted in frontline experience. Klee Benally (Diné) unrelentingly agitates against colonial politics towards Indigenous autonomy and total liberation of Nahasdzáán (Mother Earth).

Available now from Detritus Books

406 pages | $20 Nonfiction | Paperback Available in select bookshops.

About the author: Klee Benally is a Diné (Navajo) anarchist and undisciplined agitational propagandist. Originally from Black Mesa. Klee currently resides in occupied Flagstaff, Arizona.,

Wholesale inquiries:
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