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Current Threats to the Blackgoat Homestead

Recent communication from the homestead

 

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While status quo seems to be the way of things, attention needs to be directed to what is going on behind the scenes. At present this information is brief. Deep concern has been expressed about the Blackgoat homestead in communication received after the Gathering in May 2004. The following information was relayed.

The BIA Hopi haven't been seen since a couple days after the Gathering. One of those visiting, however, was a man in charge of the Hopi Land Management Team. He said that the BIA Hopi were going for a quit claim deed, a claim that someone else can make over a title, on the Roberta Blackgoat's homestead, and once they get that, they plan to confiscate all of her things left there as well as evict anyone living there. The source on the land also said:

"They wanted this place empty.  Rumor now is they will put a fence around this place and let it stand as 
a memorial.  Anybody who wasn't born last night knows this house will come down either way."

Is there reason for concern? Yes. At one time the Blackgoat herd was combined with those of a "signer" (of the Accommodation Agreement). Since the Gathering these herds have been separated and remain that way to this day. Why separate them unless there were threats?

As far as how it is on the land now, at least in the beginning of July, the communication described it as this:

"It is hot and dry. Even the cactus is starting to wilt. Hopefully Rainmaker will send some ran soon. "

There is concern about all the quiet out there on the land.

"I don't know about all this quiet. I feel it is the calm before the storm. ... At any rate, all this quiet has me worried. I guess it is in Creator's hands right now."

Because of recent fears, removing Roberta Blackgoat's things should be done according to this source. He said there are two sewing machines there, blankets, furniture, and pictures. He feels it would be a shame to lose all these things should the BIA Hopi make good on these recent threats, threats that have been denied vehemently.

To understand what this all means may be difficult for some. Just as others have experienced, it's being on the land.

"Something about this land. Once you have been here, it seems to get into your heart and holds on to you. It keeps calling you back."

After reading reports that have been written about the Gathering in May 2004 (please see Big Mountain Survival Gathering 2004 and Thoughts About Big Mountain), the following ideas arose:

"I think the question should be asked: what do you intend to do about it? What do you intend to do about all the lands being desecrated? It is one thing to talk about, but Mother Earth needs our help now!!! Action is what is needed. [The] time has come for us ... to start respecting our Mother and brothers and sisters whether they be human, animal, plant, air or water!!!!"

There was more, but the immediate concern now is Roberta Blackgoat's homestead. Yes, there is wisdom in these preceding words. But the purpose here is to make you all cognizant of conditions out there on the land at Black Mesa, on Thin Rock Mesa. People are needed on the land for support, to document all of the harassment that continues, and to help protect this sacred land.

What you can do:

Contact the BIA-HTC, asking the following:

1. Does the Hopi Tribe truly intend to destroy this living and historic homesite?

2. Does the Hopi Tribe recognize that a ceremonial hogan is in use at this homesite?

3. Does the Hopi Tribe agree that in order to practice their religion, Navajos require access to their place of origin on a daily basis?

4. Does the Hopi Tribe agree that the Navajo homesites on Hopi Lands are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places?

5. What ramifications does the Hopi Tribe anticipate regarding the destruction of the home of the late Roberta Blackgoat, considering the international fame of her plight and the opposing position of her surviving family?

 

Hopi Tribal Council contact information:

Wayne Taylor, Jr.; Caleb Johnson, vice chairman.
The Hopi Tribe
P.O. Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
Phone: (928) 734-3283
Fax: (928) 734-3289
E-mail: info@hopi.nsn.us
e-mail: wtaylor@hopi.nsn.us (Wayne Taylor)


jacquelinenahee@hopi.nsn.us
Spokesperson for the Hopi Tribe, Vanessa Charles at (928)-734-3283 or VCharles@hopi.nsn.us. You can also contact LeeWayne Lomayestewa at (928)-734-3616


The Office of Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor, Jr. can be contacted at
928-734-3283.
The Office of Hopi Lands Director Clayton Honyumptewa can be contacted at
928-734-3646.
The Hopi Tribal Office of Cultural Preservation can be contacted at
928-734-3613.

As always, thank you for your continued support.



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