Help The Hopi Tribe Save Sipaapu!

Help The Hopi Tribe Save Sipaapu!

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Louvah Silver started this petition to The people of ARIZONA and

The Hopi people have struggled to maintain their spiritual heritage over the past centuries in the face of an increasingly dominant height in European culture with little to no understanding of the Hopi spirtual traditions. As the Grand Canyon Trust notes “From mines, to tourist developments, to proposed dams, profiteers have been trying to make a buck off the canyon since the 1800s.”


After a 30-year struggle, the Black Mesa Trust recently succeeded in stopping Peabody Coal Company from mining both Black Mesa and the Hopi aquifers. But now a new threat has arisen. At the convergence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River is a sacred place called Sipaapu, the place of Hopi emergence into the fourth world. Here water flows out into the river but due to the overuse of Little Colorado water the flows are decreasing. The Elders call Sipaapu the heart of the world mother and that when Sipaapu dies so will the fourth world; our shared world.


Now a plan to construct dams on the Little Colorado River has been proposed that would spell the death of Sipaapu. The courts have ruled that the Hopi have no rights to the Little Colorado and so have no right to protect this sacred place. However, the Hopi elders have committed to protecting one of their holiest sites by preventing the damming of the Little Colorado River.


We, the community of Prescott College, recognize and support the right of Indigenous Peoples to protect and practice their spiritual heritage. We invite everybody to support as well! This proposed dam project is not only an environmental damage issue but also a social justice issue. Therefore, we the undersigned pledge our support to Hopi and their elders in protesting this new threat to the spiritual life of a people who have inhabited this land for centuries.

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