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Defending sacred places in the southwest. This delegation will witness threats to lands held sacred by indigenous people in Nevada and Arizona, including mineral extraction and hazardous waste.

Women’s Earth Alliance will convene a delegation of public interest women attorneys and advocates from across the United States for a journey of listening, witnessing, and preparation for action. Through ten days of travel, dialogue with native leaders, and site visits throughout the Southwestern United States, delegates will discover firsthand the threats to lands held sacred by indigenous people in Nevada and Arizona.  By building an understanding of challenges facing these communities, we will create a strong foundation for sustained collaborative engagement and advocacy. 

I am so thrilled to be a part of this journey and contribute my skills as an attorney, including my passion for this cause and my listening and mediation skills.  Women’s Earth Alliance developed this delegaton as a platform to leverage the skills of the delegates in a timely, appropriate and effective way and I appreciate this support because it is often difficult to build trust and be accepted in indigenous communities due to historical experiences with "white" outsiders.  In Hawaii, I have contributed to restoring native lands effected by pollution and industry, protecting sacred places from development through eminent domain proceedings, and protecting constitutionally protected rights to exercise cultural practices.  In the far north I have seen first hand the pressures of global warming on native people.  I look forward to learning about the pressures from mining and mineral extraction on native lands in the southwest.  Like the Native Americans, my spirituality is linked to the natural environment and I understand from my personal family history the tragedy that native people suffered when their culture and spirituality was targeted and nearly decimated.  This delegation will help create a better future for our children and the earth, by supporting justice, sustainability, and a balanced view of nature and its carrying capacity. 

The May delegation costs WEA $1850 per person. Approximately half of this cost consists of lodging, food and travel expenses.  In addition WEA offers a Solidarity Grant to native leaders in the amount of approximately $250 per person, and provide immediate financial support for grassroots work.  Media costs total approximately $250 per person, and the remaining $350 supports general organizational costs including 3 WEA staff working to prepare for and facilitate the delegation and the Advocacy Network.

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