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Black Mesa Trust

Black Mesa Trust

Kykotsmovi Village (AZ), 86039, United States

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About The mission of Black Mesa Trust is to safeguard, preserve and honor the sacred land and water of the Black Mesa and our Mother Earth for future generations.
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Mission Our Board of Directors
Vernon Masayesva, Executive Director
Leonard Talaswaima, President
Doris Sekayumptewa
Howard Dennis
Verrin Kewanvoyouma
Jennifer Joseph

Circle of Advisors
Peter Coyote- Actor/Activist, Mill Valley, CA
Jerry Honawa Hopi -Village Elder, Hotevilla,
Valjean Joshevama, Sr. Hopi -Village Elder, Shungopavi,
Robert Kennedy, Jr -Water Keeper Alliance, White Plains, NY
Daryl Melvin, Hopi -Youth Representative,
Gary Nabhan, Ph.D- Center for Sustainable Environments,
Beatrice Norton, Hopi -Health Worker,
Eva Nuvayestewa -Hopi Teacher,
Bucky Preston -Hopi Runner,
Gilbert Naseyouma, Hopi Elder, Tuba City, AZ
Tom Sisk-Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Abe Springer, Ph. D-Northern Arizona University,
Terry Tamminen -Director, California EPA,
Marilyn Tewa – Hopi, Third House Coalition,
Peter Whitely- American Museum of Natural History
Charles Wilkinson, Ph. D – Professor of Law, University of Colorado
Sandy Fox -The Love Planet Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Sean Gnant, Phoenix, Arizona
John Poleahla,- Polacca, AZ
Jon Joshevama, Second Mesa, AZ
Douglas Sakiestewa, Albuquerque, NM
Description Our mission is to preserve and protect the sacred land, water and culture of the Hopi people - the oldest living civilization in the United States. Our work to fight for the protection of all water includes The Grand Canyon which is now under threat of development and uranium mining.

We believe Black Mesa represents the earth center, Tuuwanasave'e. Underneath lies untold wealth. We believe the aquifers breathe. They breathe in the rain and snow and breathe out in the form of springs. The springs are breathing holes -- passageways to Paatuuwaqatsi (the water world). Over 30 years of groundwater pumping by Peabody has weakened the water pressure and weakened the aquifer's breathing, causing many of our springs and washes to dry up. We believe it is time for everyone, especially the indigenous peoples of Black Mesa, to unite in defense of our sacred waters.
Founded 1999
Products Vernon Masayesva

Vernon Masayesva is a Hopi Leader of the Coyote Clan, and the Chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council from the village of Hotevilla (the oldest continuously inhabited human settlement in the Americas) in, Arizona. Masayesva received his B.A. degree from Arizona State University in Political Science and a Masters of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1970. He returned to Black Mesa of the HotevillaBacavi Community School, the first Indian controlled school on Hopi as the lead educator of the school systems. In 1984, he was elected to the Hopi Tribal Council and then served as Chairman from 1989. He immersed himself in the tangled intricacies of the mining on Black Mesa and the Hopi – Navajo land dispute, and is widely respected on and off the reservation. In 1998, he founded the Black Mesa Trust and currently serves as its Executive Director. Among other things, he is beginning a serious study of Hopi symbols and metaphors to understand who he is and what he can do to help his people lay a vision of a future Hopi society. As a result of his commitment to preserving our water, former President William Clinton honored him as an “environmental hero.” Charles Wilkinson, a distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Colorado said, “You will gain a strong sense of history, of millennia, from listening to Vernon, but my guess is you will also see something else-the future-for Vernon embodies personal qualities and philosophical attitudes that can serve our whole society well in the challenging years that lie ahead.”

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