Save the Confluence seeks an intern to increase younger peoples’ awareness of and advocacy efforts around the Little Colorado River.
The pandemic is slowing plans to craft a bill that will designate a sacred site to portions of Grand Canyon East rim.
“They (outsiders) just want to exploit for money. It’s hard for some people to understand the concept of ‘Not everything has to be about money,”‘ said Rita Bilagody, Save the Confluence spokeswoman. “This bill will send a loud message to outsiders that, we will fight for our sacred sites and will fight any attempts of desecration and destroying these sites.”
If there is one good thing about the coronavirus, it grounded all the air-tour operators over the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers for the first time in about 30 years.
“The Confluence” by Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds explores how the physical landscapes of the Grand Canyon shape the cultural, emotional and spirual landscapes of the Navajo people who inhabit it.
“We are being given a message from our Mother, the earth. Is it really wise to be building structures at the bottom of the Grand Canyon where it will be vulnerable to earthquakes, flash floods, rockslides and landslides?