Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Thu, Oct. 29

Black Mesa Trust H2OPI Mexico City Run gets support from US Airways

KYKOTSMOVI -- On Jan. 4, Black Mesa Trust announced that US Airways has donated 15 round-trip airline tickets from Phoenix to Mexico City to support the March 2006 H2OPI Run of Respect for Water and All Life.

Hopi athletes representing each of the 13 villages and members of other Southwestern tribes and nations will carry sacred messages and teachings of water from the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona to the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City 2,000 miles away. Elders who will accompany the runners at the forum will use some of the donated airline tickets. The others will be raffled with proceeds going to support the run.

"US Airways is pleased to have this opportunity to help bring the importance of preserving the earth's resources through indigenous teachings to the attention of world leaders," said Julie Coleman, director of community relations, US Airways. "We offer our best wishes to the runners and are happy that we can make it possible for Hopi elders to join them at the forum."

In addition to delivering sacred messages and related lessons of traditional science, which recognizes all waters as comprising a singular life sustaining system of a living earth, the 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.

Other support for the run has come from the Hopi people, who have helped organize and participated in fund-raising events in several villages over the past year, the All-Pueblo Council, which has passed a resolution in support of the Run, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Hualapai Tribe, who have made contributions. In addition, the Dalai Lama will send water he has blessed, and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will issue a proclamation honoring the runners on the day that they start their trek.

US Airways is now the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 35,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 4,000 flights per day and serve more than 225 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Additional information on US Airways can be found at or

The run will also recognize and honor the19 Hopi leaders who in 1890 were imprisoned at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay by the U.S. government for "seditious acts." Those 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. They are examples of true leaders," said Vernon Masayesva, Black Mesa Trust Executive Director.

The run is undertaken in conjunction with Black Mesa Trust's Decade of Water observances and will also celebrate 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, Nev. The slurry operation has been shut down.

For more information on the run, please visit or call Ruben Saufkie at 928-734-5438. For more information about Black Mesa Trust, go to or call Vernon Masayesva at 928-734-9255.

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