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A bill to protect Navajo sacred sites starts to move
A proposed bill to make parts of Grand Canyon East rim sacred may head to the Navajo Nation Council this year. The move comes as a developer threatens to take precious groundwater to generate electricity for cities.
Developer surrenders two dam permits on Little Colorado River
A Phoenix dam developer pulled permits Monday on two proposed dam projects on the Little Colorado River on the Navajo Nation after the feds issued an ultimatum to update his proposal.
Developer seeks two dams on Little Colorado River
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on Friday told a developer who wants to build two dams on the Little Colorado River to respect the environment and listen to local land users.
Escalade 'Monster' killed
The Navajo Nation Council rejected a controversial plan to build a tourist development at the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers, ending a years-long battle with outside developers.
A permit gives developer chance to threaten Confluence
Federal officials have given the green light to a developer who wants to build a dam to capture scarce water in drought-like conditions near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.
One year later: A retrospective on Save the Confluence
A year after thwarting developers from ravaging the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers with a tourist stop that included a gondola tram into the Grand Canyon, this hallowed place remains mired in tribal bureacracy preventing families from creating a protected cultural and environmental site.
Navajo Suspends Backcountry Permits at East Rim
Hikers and campers will no longer be given permits to a chunk of the Grand Canyon East rim on the Navajo Nation because of lack of enforcement
The Confluence is Life
Developers want to build a tourist trap here. Oppose the Grand Canyon Escalade Project.
(Photo © Jack Dykinga.)
The Monster Has Been Slain
Families who fought for seven long years against outside developers to take their homeland away for a resort at the eastern edge of Grand Canyon celebrate.
Actor Robert Redford Endorses Effort to Save the Confluence
“A group of courageous Navajo families who are fighting to save their sacred connection to their land. They welcome the opportunities for economic prosperity, but not at the expense of their culture,” Redford says in the video.
The latest from Save the Confluence
New documentary: Grand Canyon is home to Native people
As Grand Canyon National Park prepares to celebrate its 104th anniversary on Feb. 26, a new 12-minute film, “Voices of the Grand Canyon” debuts.
Feds formally stop proposal to dam up part of Little Colorado River
The federal government is finally closing the door on two proposed dams on the Little Colorado River in western Navajo Nation. But another effort to dam up Big Canyon remains alive.
Five Years Ago: Remembering a Victory to Save the Land and its People
Oct. 31, 2017, marked one of the most important victories this century for Navajo, Hopi and other indigenous people who call the area near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers both home and sacred.
Grand Canyon Trust Intern learns about tribes, threats to their sacred sites
I met with tribes along the Grand Canyon and Little Colorado River. Each had its own cultural emergence stories that connect them to the canyon and river.
Sign a petition to save Big Canyon from destructive water project
Join Save the Confluence in saying NO to the proposed Big Canyon pumped hydro storage project on a tributary to the Little Colorado River
Without a tourist eye at Grand Canyon East rim
Before seeing the Confluence, I had only seen the Grand Canyon once, despite being raised and having lived in the Navajo Nation for years. My experience on the Desert View rim of the canyon had a touristy feel to it. I felt like I did not experience my first Grand Canyon visit to the fullest extent, though I did feel amazed at how vast and awe-inspiring the canyon was.
GCT intern learns about how development impacts sacred sites
Editor's Note: This is Kayla Yazzie's guest essay about a trip to the Grand Canyon East Rim in western Navajo Nation in May. The trip was to the area high above the rim of the Little Colorado and Colorado River called the Confluence. Yazzie is a Grand Canyon...
A chance to view Grand Canyon east rim from above
The Grand Canyon Trust is offering a chance for Native youth to view the canyon from above this month.
A bill to protect Navajo sacred sites starts to move
The sacred site bill seeks to protect canyons, waterways of portions of Grand Canyon East rim on the Navajo Nation. The move comes amidst a developer’s plan to extract groundwater to generate electricity for cities.
Grand Canyon Trust hiring two interns
Save the Confluence seeks an intern to increase younger peoples’ awareness of and advocacy efforts around the Little Colorado River.
Oral stories honors Little Colorado River
Two members of Save the Confluence families are part of storytellers featured in a video celebration of the Little Colorado River.
Family activists hit crossroads
Even though the gondola proposal is dead, developers continue to try to exploit the area. Everything from proposals to drill for water in a land already stricken by long-term drought, to bringing Jeeps loaded with tourists onto the land continue to be pitched. Families, just struggling to survive on the land, as they have for generations, live in shacks with leaky roofs, no electricity and no water unless it is hauled in by truck. Above all, the very culture of the people is at stake.
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