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Fall Caravan 2015 Report Back

To all of the funders and supporters of our fall caravan this past month, here is a report back!

Two of us from BMCC arrived on Monday, November 23rd, with two more joining us later on during the week. We ended up staying with Danny Blackgoat, who hosted the greater caravan with people from durango, flagstaff, santa cruz, los angeles, and denver/boulder. During our stay, we were able to help out with wood gathering, hauling, splitting and distribution to around 15 families in the area as well as assisted with the larger group to distribute human and dog food and winter clothes to families and to the Rocky Ridge school nearby. There were groups that went out to work on road repairs throughout the week as well. We had a temporary outdoor kitchen that was also set up for everyone that was there that we were able to take part in to feed the group during our stay.

Each morning, we’d wake up close to sunrise (6am) sit by the fire, warm ourselves with hot coffee/teas and start with general chores and breakfast. After our first meal, we’d all break out into different working groups and start our days. We shared two to three meals each day, depending on the circumstances.

A small group of us took part in helping a nearby elder, Fanny, butcher one of her goats, processed and cooked all parts of the animal, and in turn the meat was shared with those of us who helped out. That same day, we were able to help deep clean her house and kitchen before going off on a wood run in the afternoon. Each day, 1 – 2 people from our camp went out sheepherding for Fanny as well, leaving around 9-10am and returning near sun down.

Outside of our camp, Clan Dyken was also present staying at a different homesite and they took care of wood and resource distribution for families living closer to their camp. There were several groups also present staying at 3 different homesites, there mostly sheepherding and helping with general chores each staying for several weeks at a time.

On Friday, at the end of the week, Danny hosted a gathering, inviting Dineh Elders and families nearby, and we were able to help prepare a large meal and set up the area for the gathering. There was a circle that happened prior to the meal where Danny spoke to what work was able to be done this week, and John Catnee said a prayer just before our meal. Around fifty to sixty people were able to attend the gathering, including the 20 or so supporters present. One family shared with us their drive took several hours, and later found out that we had repaired one of their routes that had washed out, and they were able to return home in a much shorter 10-mile drive. It was very good to hear the magnitude that some of these road repairs contributed for some people, allowing for much quicker communication and travel between Dineh People living in the area. Gratitude and mutual appreciation was also shared for supporters work as well as for the resistors that have been holding it down for the past 40 years.

While our stay felt a little brief, we were able to get a lot done and continue to build relationships with everyone we encountered on this trip, and I look forward to another return trip this coming spring. Danny expressed a immense amount of gratitude throughout our stay, and shared many stories with us throughout the trip of a greater history of the land.

The spring caravan will be coming up quickly, sometime in late march/early april. If you have any interest in attending the trip or to help out with local fundraising/collecting resources for the trip please contact us at blackmesacoloradocaravan@gmail.com.

We also still have many sets of Earrings and T-Shirts available (visible in the posts below) that can be purchased ($20 per earring set, and $25 per t-shirt!) And to those of you still looking to donate to the caravan, we have a donate button located at the top of our blog page!

Also, here is a photo album put together by Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity from the trip— https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.924605124288887.1073741852.822012231214844&type=3

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T-Shirts for Fundraising!

BMCC had a handful of t-shirts donated to us so that we could sell them for fundraising! Very intricate designs, but pictures will be posted below so you can decide for yourself. We have 48 hours left in the online crowdfunder, listed here —> http://bit.ly/1Memkxz, but shirts will still be available until we run out after the fundraiser ends. We are asking $25 for each shirt.

 

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Our Fall 2015 Online Fundraiser has Launched!

We have just launched an online fundraiser for the upcoming caravan. The funds are allotted to purchase resources (Hay, tools) for the families and residents of Black Mesa may need, as well as to gift finances directly to families when requested and possible (such as for Sheep Impoundments). Please donate or spread the word if you are able to!

Here is the link to the Crowdfunding Page—–> http://bit.ly/1Memkxz

Also, the earrings listed below are offered as rewards for donating to the campaign (if claimed). If you choose one as a reward, please email us which number and we will send that to an address listed (Or we can meet in person if you live in the denver/fort collins area). Thank you for any support you can give!

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People of Wisdom Eat Right: Workshop with Shannon for Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

People of Wisdom Eat Right

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BMCC Fort Collins Benefit Fundraiser, Feb. 22nd @7pm

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October Schedule 2014

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BMCC Spring Spoken Word & Silent Auction Concert Benefit!

BMCC Spring Spoken Word & Silent Auction Concert Benefit!

Each year a group from Colorado travels to Black Mesa Az. Black Mesa is located on the Navajo (Dinè) Nation and is also the site of Peabody Coal.
The caravan supports the resistance of the families that remain on site and fight the environmental and unjust destruction of native land.

Join us on May 28th to raise money and enjoy a great night of amazing performers rocking the mic!

6:30 PM-11:00 PM
$5-$20 suggested donation (no one turned away)

All money raised will go towards the purchase of supplies for our upcoming caravan in June.

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Indigenous Sustainabilty Eco Sustainability Event at UCD April 3rd!

Indigenous Sustainabilty Eco Sustainability Event at UCD April 3rd!

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2014 1st Annual Spring Seed Trade Event at DICI/DIFRC

2014 1st Annual Spring Seed Trade Event at DICI/DIFRC

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2014 April Indigenous Gardening at DICI/DIFRC

2014 April Indigenous Gardening at DICI/DIFRC

Please take a look at our April schedule full of fun gardening for everyone! See you there!

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