Seeds of Peace to Support Water is Life Relay on the Navajo Nation
This spring, Seeds of Peace is excited to announce plans to support a “Water is Life” Relay organized by Diné Leaders. The relay is from Black Mesa to the Capitol, Window Rock. Relayers will ride horses, run, ride bikes, and walk in order to raise awareness and making a plea to the government to transition away from coal power generation. Please donate by clicking the donate button to the right. Donations will go directly to Seeds of Peace and be used for the purchasing of food, fuel, and supplies necessary to provide food and water to the walk.
From the Organizers:
For over 45 years the owners of Navajo Generating Station have generated electricity for the Central Arizona Project (CAP) using Navajo coal and Navajo water from Black Mesa. In addition Navajos have had to make a number of waivers that secured Colorado River water for the plan as well as right-of-ways and other provisions. Recently Salt River Project (SRP) the owner/operator of NGS has announced that it will close the plant in 2017. SRP has not been explicit about its plans for the plant other than to decommission it by 2019, claiming gas is now more competitive than coal. Tó Nizhóní Ání, a grassroots organization based in Black Mesa is asking the Navajo Nation to take this opportunity to transition the Nation to a sustainable, renewable economy, away from coal and fossil fuels. Tó Nizhóní Ání will carry this message in the “Water is Life Relay”, April 14-17, 2017 from Hardrock to Window Rock, Az.
Relayers will travel an average of 40 miles per day (114 miles total) from Dził Yíjiin to Window Rock, AZ for the Navajo Nation Council’s spring session on Monday, April 17th, 2017. It is time for a renewable solution that best serves the interests of our people, our land and our future. The relay will begin April 14, 2017 at Nicole Horseherder’s residence in Tséniit’aahootsoh, AZ. Participants are encouraged to horseback ride Friday, April 14th; run/walk Saturday, April 15th; bike ride Sunday, April 16th and walk the final stretch from St. Michael’s to the NN Council Chambers on Monday, April 17th, 2017. Food and water will be provided for all participants including horses. Participants are encouraged to bring their own camping gear. We will host evening workshops. Topics include: K’é (kinship), History of NGS/Peabody Energy, Water is Sacred and Just Transition.
If you or your organization has the capacity to sponsor a workshop, a meal, send a letter of support, show up April 17, 2017 at NN Council Chambers or help us spread the word, that would be awesome! Please let us know if you or your organization is interested in supporting this event in any way. We look forward to collaborating with you!
Tó Nizhóní Ání
Jessica Keetso Jkeetso@yahoo.com
Nadine Narindrankura Nnarindrankura@gmail.com