Jun 12th, 2008
1. Traditional Dine’ elder and resister Pauline Whitesinger was informed on May 20 that her construction of a ceremonial structure known as a hogon is illegal and has been threatened with forced demolition. Whitesinger is living on her traditional land in defiance of US government orders to relocate. She has also been an active resister of Peabody Coal’s mining of Black Mesa and its plans to expand its coal operations — including expanding the strip mine, building new pipelines and draining local aquifers.
Please help, by volunteering to travel to Black Mesa in support (to help her herd sheep, complete the hogon and monitor for her safety) and/or by writing letters protesting the threatened demolition. For more information on the case, addresses and tips on letter writing, click here.
2. The government is accepting public comments until July 7 regarding Peabody’s plans for a massive expansion of mining operations on Black Mesa. For information on how and where to comment against this plan, or for more information about the situation in general, visit Black Mesa Indigenous Support.