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Meet Me on the Equinox

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This balance of light and darkness is more than a fascinating astronomical event; it has been celebrated by various cultures around the world for thousands of years

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As the snow melts and the first green shoots break through the thawing earth, we find ourselves on the cusp of the Spring Equinox, a celestial event that heralds the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

This moment, when day and night are of equal length, is not just a marker of seasonal change but a time deeply rooted in symbolism, tradition, and a call to personal renewal.

 The Spring Equinox, occurring around March 20th or 21st each year, is one of two equinoxes—the other being the Autumn Equinox—when the Earth's axis and its orbit align in such a way that both hemispheres receive an equal amount of sunlight. This balance of light and darkness is more than a fascinating astronomical event; it has been celebrated by various cultures around the world for thousands of years, each adding its unique flavor to the observance.

 Historically, the equinox is a time of new beginnings and rebirth. Ancient civilizations, recognizing the importance of the sun for agriculture and survival, observed the equinox with rituals and festivities celebrating the return of longer days and the rebirth of the land.

The ancient Egyptians, for instance, aligned some of their pyramids with the sun's position during the equinox, illustrating its significance in their architectural and spiritual lives. Similarly, the Mayans' famous pyramid, El Castillo, in Chichen Itza, displays a captivating play of light and shadow during the equinox that resembles a serpent slithering down its steps, symbolizing the return of the sun serpent god, Kukulkan.

 In modern times, the Spring Equinox serves as a reminder of nature's cycles and our connection to the Earth. It's a time to reflect on balance—not only the external balance of day and night but also the internal equilibrium within ourselves.

As the earth transitions, so too can we use this time to assess and recalibrate our goals, habits, and lifestyles. Spring cleaning, therefore, is not just about decluttering our homes but also about clearing our minds and spirits, making room for new growth and possibilities.

 Spring Equinox can serve as a powerful symbol of resilience and hope. Just as the Earth endures the barrenness of winter to emerge once again in vibrant abundance, so too can we overcome challenges and periods of stagnation, emerging stronger and more vibrant.

 As we welcome it, let us embrace the opportunity to renew our spirits, sow seeds of positive intention, and celebrate the balance and beauty of the natural world.

May this equinox be a reminder of the perpetual cycle of renewal, inspiring us to live in harmony with the Earth and each other, in a continuous journey towards growth and enlightenment.

As always, If you don’t know now you know, a Native!



Proposed Lithium mine Endangers Sacred Sites

Article via AZcentral

Ivan Bender was walking through the Hualapai tribe-owned Cholla Canyon Ranch one day in 2018 when he discovered exploratory drilling holes around the edge of the property, where he works as a caretaker.

 "I went on top (of a mountain), and then I was coming down and I saw a flag," he says. It was the U.S. flag tied to a noisy drilling machine.

Bender drove down to meet the workers. 

"I didn't know who they were,” he says, “but I did ask questions."

 He learned that the Australian company Hawkstone Mining Limited, now operating as Arizona Lithium Limited, had started drilling what it said were 37 exploration holes for phases one and two of its Big Sandy Lithium Project. 

 The company says the Big Sandy lithium is 99.8% pure, ideally suited for the production of lithium batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles.

Laura Berglan, a senior attorney for the Tribal Partnerships program of the environmental law organization Earthjustice, later published a count of 49 holes.

 Bender says he saw the mining workers using water and extracting groundwater during drilling. Not long after, he noticed the springs' waters went down. In the last measurement, he says, "We lost two feet of water in less than a six-month period. How is that possible?"

 Water helps define the landscape

 Beyond the entrance of Cholla Canyon Ranch is a sacred site known in the Hualapai language as Ha'Kamwe', later named in English as Cofer Hot Springs. The place is part of the ancestral homelands of the Hualapai, Yavapai, Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Southern Paiute, Hopi and Colorado River indigenous tribes.

 People value the landscape for its religious, traditional and cultural significance. Elders say the holy spring has been used since time immemorial for traditional medicine, praying, and conducting ceremonies. Even non-indigenous people say they believe in its healing powers.

Now, a group of concerned people is organizing to express their interest in protecting the precious oasis and ensuring the preservation of the water connected to this place by the Big Sandy River, which feeds into other aquifers.

 The Big Sandy River merges with the Santa Maria River at Alamo Lake to form the Bill Williams River, which then flows into the Colorado River. Its headwaters are at the confluence of Knight Creek and Trout Creek. It also drains Burro Creek.

 "The Colorado River runs all the way into Yuma and then into Mexico. And then they have a manmade canal that runs into San Diego," says Bender. He notes that the water systems are interconnected, supplying Phoenix, Tucson and other cities.

BLM asks mine operator to stop using one water source

Ha'Kamwe' is now surrounded by mining claims within public lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

 In 2021, the former Hualapai Tribe Chairman, Damon R. Clarke, wrote to the BLM regarding the inadequacies of its Environmental Assessment. He requested further tribal consultation.

In response to an interview request, the BLM on March 18 emailed The Arizona Republic: "In December 2022, the BLM formally invited the Hualapai Tribe to be a Cooperating Agency on the project. The BLM received the Tribe's Cooperating Agency inputs on the project this week. We are currently reviewing those inputs."

 For the third exploration phase of the project, Arizona Lithium, applying under the name Big Sandy Inc., has sought a BLM permit to triple the number of holes drilled in the area. The company says the lithium would help fill a growing demand for batteries that power electric cars, ultimately helping the U.S. reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 To facilitate the processes, Arizona Lithium recently announced the completion of a mining services agreement with the tribally owned Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

NTEC will be responsible for managing the permitting requirements, additional exploration drilling, mine design, environmental assessments and development to the start of mining for the Big Sandy Lithium Project.

 In compensation, NTEC will receive AZL shares for $0.075 per share, subject to full permitting of the Big Sandy Lithium Project.

 The BLM has made no decision to authorize the exploration, the agency told The Republic, nor has a mining plan of operations been submitted to the BLM.

 "Should the mining company propose to move forward with actual lithium mining at this site in the future, they would be required to submit a mining plan of operations," BLM officials said in the statement. "That plan would then undergo a rigorous National Environmental Policy Act review, including public participation and Tribal consultation."

 The mining company plans to create an open-pit mine. Although the project hasn't received final approval, its communication indicates the company's optimism about moving forward with that objective.

Joba Chamberlain - Ho-Chunk

 Joba Chamberlain, born on September 23, 1985, in Lincoln, Nebraska, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher known for his electric fastball, fiery on-field demeanor, and a story of resilience that captivated fans and inspired many.

 Chamberlain's journey to the major leagues began in Nebraska, where he grew up with a deep passion for the game of baseball. He attended the University of Nebraska and quickly made a name for himself as a standout pitcher for the Cornhuskers. His impressive performances earned him a selection by the New York Yankees in the 2006 MLB Draft.

 The "Joba Rules" became an instant phenomenon as the Yankees carefully managed his transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Joba's electrifying presence on the mound and his high-velocity fastball made him a force to be reckoned with, earning him a reputation as one of baseball's top prospects.

 In his rookie season in 2007, Chamberlain's impact was immediate. He became a fan favorite in the Bronx, and his passionate displays of emotion on the mound endeared him to Yankees faithful. His "Joba-mania" fervor swept across the league, and he played a pivotal role in the Yankees' deep playoff runs.

 Chamberlain's journey was not without its challenges. Injuries and changes in roles tested his resilience, but his determination and love for the game kept him on the path to success. He continued to evolve as a pitcher, showcasing his versatility and adaptability.

 Off the field, Joba Chamberlain's life took a poignant turn in 2011 when he faced a life-threatening situation. He was involved in a serious trampoline accident, suffering an open dislocation of his ankle. His remarkable recovery and return to the game were nothing short of miraculous, demonstrating his unwavering determination and the support of his family.

 Beyond baseball, Joba Chamberlain has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. He has been an advocate for children with special needs, actively participating in charitable work and raising awareness for autism-related causes. His philanthropic efforts have left a lasting impact on his community and beyond.

 Joba Chamberlain's career in baseball serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, determination, and the ability to overcome adversity. His journey from a small-town kid with a dream to a beloved Major League Baseball pitcher is an inspiration to aspiring athletes everywhere.

 Today, Joba Chamberlain's legacy extends beyond the game of baseball. He is not only remembered for his powerful pitches but also for his resilience in the face of adversity and his dedication to making the world a better place.

 Joba Chamberlain's remarkable story is one of triumph, perseverance, and the enduring impact of a dedicated athlete who overcame obstacles both on and off the field


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Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians

The Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians (Redwood Valley Rancheria) is a federally recognized Indian tribe located in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California. For several thousand years the Tribe’s ancestors lived along the West Fork of the Russian River, located north of Calpella, CA. The Tribe interacted with other Pomo tribes located within the Russian River watershed, the Eel River watershed, and tribes found along the coasts of the Clearlake and the Pacific Ocean.

 Much was lost with the advancement of European settlers before and after the California Goldrush.  In 1908 Redwood Valley Rancheria was established as a home for "Homeless Indians." However, In 1958 the United States Congress terminated Redwood Valley Rancheria and many other tribes by enacting the California Rancheria Termination Act. In 1983 this act was declared illegal as a result of the Tillie Hardwick, et al. v. United States of America, et al. Case. Redwood Valley Rancheria and many other rancherias had their tribal status restored.

 The Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians is a sovereign indian tribe with the powers of self-governance. Its tribal members elect a Tribal Council which acts as the governing body. The Council is authorized to write and enact ordinances and resolutions, conduct tribal business, and perform other actions that are commonly delegated to local governments.

​Today, Redwood Valley Rancheria has 159 acres of land in trust. It manages a wide array of social, educational, environmental and infrastructure programs. Click on the menu above to find out more about these programs.

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