Statement from resister in Big Mountain, Ariz.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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In January 2012 a Dine (Navajo) resister speaks about Peabody and the U.S. Government orchestrating the largest forced relocation since the Trail of Tears, as well as the destruction of sacred sites and traditional medicinal plants and herbs.  Ultimately, he tells Peabody to leave his ancestral homeland in Big Mtn., Ariz.

In connecting colonial legacies, resource extraction disproportionately impacts indigenous communities, and the tragedy of strip mining in Appalachia started over 500 years ago with the first forced relocation of indigenous people in North America, such as the Mingo and Cherokee.  Two Big Mountain resisters, Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS), RAMPS and Mountain Justice join Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) tomorrow to confront Peabody Energy at their home in St. Louis, Mo.

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