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"Online photoessay and Dine' (Navajo) weaving exhibition and nonprofit sale."
1999-08-26 until 1999-08-26
Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land
USA United States of America
The Dine' (Navajo) people of Black Mesa in Arizona have been struggling for 25 years to save their homes and the land. During this time, 12,000 people have been forcibly removed from their homes;
about 3,000 remain and still resist, seeking only justice and to live in peace. I am working with the Sovereign Dineh Nation (a tax-exempt charitable entity) to help them in their struggle against the congressional laws (1974 and 1996) that created their plight. They are fighting the power of the Peabody Coal Company, which is stripmining and destroying the land, bulldozing sacred sites, and draining the irreplaceable drinking water aquifer, threatening the water supply of the entire area.
Many of the women of Black Mesa are fine weavers, and weaving has long been their way of earning a living. If you buy a weaving, you will be putting the money almost directly into the weaver's hands. Until they are free to live in peace, I am selling their weavings in a nonprofit framework: any money above the cost of the weaving (which has been or will be paid directly to the weaver) and after my expenses will be donated to the SDN and may be taken by the buyer as a fully tax-exempt donation. I will provide all documentation on this to the buyer. Here is an opportunity to acquire a wonderful weaving, direct from the weaver's hands, for a worthy and tax-deductible cause.
Tax-deductible contributions in any amount are urgently needed and may be made by check SEE/Sovereign Dineh Nation/Black Mesa Fund
and mailed to: Steve Sugarman, Executive Director SEE, Inc. (Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs) 20110 Rockport Way Malibu, CA 90265-5340
SEE is a tax-exempt public charity as recognized by the IRS under Section [501(c)(3)] of the Internal Revenue Code. Steve Sugarman, SEE executive director, writes: As of December 23, 1997, the Sovereign Dineh Nation/Black Mesa Fund is a SEE project in good standing. We are extremely proud of the work being accomplished in seeing that the Dineh People are accorded full access to their traditional homelands without the threat of energy companies polluting these lands and threatening the populace.