Feb. Monday Mayhem: Navajo Resistance to Forced Relocation: A Report Back from Black Mesa, Arizona
First Monday Mayhem at the Flying Squirrel
Navajo Resistance to Forced Relocation: A Report Back from Black Mesa, Arizona
February 2, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672569189682414/
In 1974, Congress redrew the lines of the Hopi and Navajo Reservations in Arizona and overnight 10,000 Navajo and 300 Hopis were on the wrong side of the line and slated for forced relocation in order to make way massive coal strip-mining. For over 40 years Navajo families have been resisting relocation in the Black Mesa/Big Mountain region. As part of a Black Mesa Indigenous Support program, local land and housing justice organizer Ryan Acuff from Take Back the Land Rochester provided direct-on land support in December 2015/January 2016. Ryan will share their experiences with the struggle of the largest indigenous struggle against relocation in the U.S. and how we can learn from and support it.
What is Monday Mayhem? On the first Monday of every month, the Flying Squirrel hosts special programming that forgoes the technical and logistical concerns of running an open-use community space in order to take a closer look at the impact of our actions on the community and our potential as a catalyst for change.