Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Oct. 27

Black Mesa Trust gains support for upcoming run to Mexico City

KYKOTSMOVI— On Nov. 28, Black Mesa Trust announced that the 22-member All-Pueblo Council of New Mexico has passed a resolution in support of the trust’s planned Hopi to Mexico City Run scheduled for March 2006. This event will include long-distance Hopi runners as well as runners from other Southwestern tribes and nations that will carry sacred messages and teachings of water to the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City, some 2,000 miles from Hopi.

In its resolution, the All-Pueblo Council recognizes the impending worldwide water crisis, including the fact that by 2050 it is estimated that six billion people will experience water scarcity, affirms the duty of indigenous peoples to safeguard the earth and share teachings and knowledge with other people, and resolves that the Council endorses and supports the H2OPI Run of Respect for Water and All Life.

Run Coordinator Ruben Saufkie Sr. said that the Council also promised to help recruit runners from their pueblos, and he pointed out that Hopi has an ancient connection to the peoples of the New Mexico pueblos.

There is a deep connection between our cultures and our water,” he said.

Saufkie said that in talking to the New Mexico pueblo leaders, he referred to the leadership of Popé, from the Pueblo of Taos, in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

“Popé was a person with a great heart and a great vision. What he did for the pueblos [masterminded a plan that ended, for a time, 140 years of Spanish occupation] is what we are now doing for the world. The pueblos once again are coming together and taking a stand,” said Saufkie. “On behalf of the run participants and organizers, I am very grateful and honored to have been in the presence of the members of the All Pueblo Council and to get their strong support.”

The run has also recently received support from the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Hualapai Tribe, both of which have made contributions, and run organizers will speak before the Hopi Tribal Council and the McDowell Yavapai Tribal Council next month.

In addition to delivering sacred messages and related lessons of traditional science which recognize all waters as comprising a singular life-sustaining system, the Mexico run will bring critical information to Native and non-Native peoples living along the route, renew Hopi traditions and ceremonies of distance running, reaffirm Hopi clan origins and ties to the peoples of central Mexico, and re-establish collaborative efforts of respect among Southwestern tribes.

The run will also recognize and honor 19 Hopi leaders, who in 1890 were sent in chains to Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. They were sent to this prison for vicious criminals by the U.S. government as punishment for “seditious acts.”

The Hopi leaders believed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteed them full rights as U.S. citizens, including the right to their land and water, the First Amendment right to worship and be free from religious persecution, and the right to educate their children in their own way. For this they were put in prison.

The Hopi runners are honoring them as examples of true leaders as they travel to Mexico, carrying messages of peace and respect for water.

The run is undertaken in conjunction with Black Mesa Trust’s Decade of Water observances and will serve to celebrate the Black Mesa Trust’s successful grassroots campaign to stop Peabody Western Coal from pumping pristine N-aquifer water to slurry coal from the Black Mesa Mine to Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, NV. The slurry pipeline is set to shut down at the end of this year.

For more information about Black Mesa Trust, visit www.blackmesatrust.org. For more information about the Hopi-to-Mexico run, visit www.h2opirun.org or call Vernon Masayesva at 928-734-9255 or Ruben Saufkie Sr. at 928-734-5438.

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