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Day 70, 71 Occupy Walk USA in solidarity with the Navajo People Fort Defiance

Day 70, 71 Occupy Walk USA in solidarity with the Navajo People Fort Defiance, AZ

Occupy Walk USA at Fort Defiance, Arizona in solidarity with the Navajo Nation

April 27th and 28th 2012

Occupy Walk USA will be going to the Navajo council meeting in Fort Defiance AZ the Navajo nation president will be there to explain the water deal that will take the water from here and give it to Phoenix. Tuscan, L.A. and San Diego

We Need a Hotel Room for the Walkers!

Occupy Walk USA team members will need a hotel room donated for this outreach. They have been walking in the desert for several days and need to make themselves presentable  before meeting the Navajo president. There is a local motel named Navajo Inn, the room fee is $70.00  please help us!

This outreach event will be ustreamed and recorded at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/p91fun 

Pic from the Fort Defiance #Navajo Water Rights Forum

Several young activists have been following the  Navajoland president around and causing some trouble for him so much that 2 weeks ago they had a swat team on too of the buildings next to the chapter house to be sure no violence happened.

Tomorrow should be a fun day and a great outreach day.

Please help! Donate here: www.wepay.com/donations/walk-across-america

We are hoping to get the Native Americans on board with Occupy — they are the original “occupiers” of the United States of America.

 Today’s event will start @4pm Mountain Time today (3pm Pacific Time)

Tune in to our Ustream  at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/p91fun 

(depends on connectivity whether this event will be livestreamed today).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fort Defiance, Arizona
—  CDP  —

Fort Defiance, New Mexico (now Arizona) bySeth Eastman (1808 – 1875), painted 1873

History

The land on which Fort Defiance was eventually established was first noted by white military men when Colonel John Washington stopped there on his return journey from an expedition to Canyon de Chelly. Fort Defiance was established on September 18, 1851 by Col. Edwin V. Sumner to create a military presence in Diné bikéyah (Navajo territory). Sumner broke up the fort at Santa Fe for this purpose, creating the first military post in what is now Arizona. He left Major Electus Backus in charge.

Fort Defiance was built on valuable grazing land that the federal government then prohibited the Navajo from using. As a result, the appropriately named fort experienced intense fighting, culminating in two attacks, one in 1856 and another in 1860. The next year, at the onset of the Civil War, the army abandoned Fort Defiance. Continued Navajo raids in the area led Brigadier General James H. Carleton to send Kit Carson to impose order. Carleton’s “solution” was brutal: thousands of starving Navajo were forced to the Long Walk and interned near Fort SumnerNew Mexico, much of their livestock was destroyed. The Navajo Treaty of 1868 allowed those interned to return to a portion of their land, and Fort Defiance was reestablished as an Indian agency that year. In 1870, the first government school for the Navajo was established there.

Today, the site of Fort Defiance is populated by buildings dating from the 1930s to the present day used by various governmental agencies including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, and the Navajo Nation. The largest of these buildings was the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital until 2002.

Geography

Fort Defiance is located at 35°44′31″N 109°4′0″W (35.742032, -109.066739),[2] on the Defiance Plateau about 4 miles north of Window Rock, Arizona.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), all of it land.

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