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Big Mountain Survival School 2013

August 13, 2013 by  
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Two weekends this October (the 5-6th and the 12-14th), the Sovereign Dineh Nation Survival School. which was revived last year after a 20 year hiatus, will take place again on Big Mountain.
If you are in Taos, NM or Oakland, CA and are interested in attending a fundraising event for Survival School, please contact: (Taos: 8/29 Oakland 9/22)
The SDN survival school was a traditional and contemporary arts and crafts day camp that was held for several weeks each summer 1989 – 1992, and which was hosted by the SDN-Big Mountain Survival Camp / Resistance Outpost.  50+ children attended, creating a space where families from “both sides of the fence” could experience multi-generational recreation in a culturally supportive context which provided respite from the stresses and divisions created by relocation policies
One Big Mountain community member wrote of Survival School:
“There are no events of cultural empowerment and inspiration that I hear about that are geared toward the little children, our indigenous children. Sure I hear about school programs that are overseen by foreign governments and states. In terms of resistance and de-colonialization, adults and urban youths are all focused on or distracted by confronting the policies of injustice and racISM elsewhere but are not being carried out on the ancestral lands that we still occupy.
Today, a very few of us are putting together a two and half day gathering and celebration that is completely focused on the little children who are descendants of and/or related to the Big Mountain Dineh resistance to coal mining, global warming, genocide, and laws of relocation. On behalf of the few remaining elders in resistance and extended family members that value the continued occupation of our ancestral territories, I ask you to continue reading this very important information about supporting this celebration of: aboriginal status, treaty rights status and two days dedicated to the our little ones. Among the few activities provided for them, they will be assisted to be creative and learn about who they are and where they come from.”

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