The Navajo Powerplant and Coal mine to the East of Navajo and our “leaders” that use our way of life as a means to sustain the cash flow. As Diné citizens we have a responsibility to honor the prayers & songs that have been made. We have to stop the contradiction to hòzhó and k’é. Our generation chooses sovereignty and rights to air, land, & water. It is not for sale & should not be corrupted. Through our collaboration with Honor the Treaties we are amplifying the voices of Navajo communities through art and advocacy. Honor the Treaties is a native art collective that dedicates their work to funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.
Artists: Thomas Greyeyes & Kim Smith
Location: The Billboard is located on U.S. Highway 64, directly across Hogback Trading Post in New Mexico – 10 miles east of Shiprock, NM.
Voices from Community Members:
“A reason for a billboard in this day and time is to tell a story, a story of how we got cheated of millions of dollars. This billboard tells the story of how BHP Billiton, a billion dollar company has taken advantage of us Diné people and our leaders allowed that to happen. No public hearings, no feedback on money spent on the mine purchase, our sovereignty was waived without our knowledge, completely no transparency in this action,” says Sarah Jane White, Burnham community member.
"Art acts as a political megaphone for the voiceless and transcends language barriers. It also plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and shaping people’s opinions. This project is very unique in its statement, mixed media approach, and the youth involvement," says Tom Greyeyes of Honor the Treaties.