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Black Mesa Trust proclaims 'Decade of Water'

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Black Mesa Trust launched the "Decade of the Water" to foster understanding and respect for water and humankind's relationship to this sacred resource in January, 2004. The "Decade of Water" will be a time for remembering and developing a conscious commitment to creating a harmonious global environment in which all living things can thrive.

Executive Director Vernon Masayesva explained, "I remember a tuning fork demonstration in my high school class. The teacher hit a U-shaped object, a tuning fork, and within moments a second fork picked up the ringing sound and began to vibrate at the same frequency. This was a lesson about resonance. Many years later, sitting in a kiva, I was reminded of the tuning fork demonstration. The men had gathered to smoke and meditate. They sang a song, 'Bring Your Hearts Together.' The song goes, 'When our hearts become one, the rain clouds from all directions will visit us.'

"In other words, if humankind unites in thought and prayer, nature in turn will pick up the prayers and resonate with them. Trying to achieve this state of resonance or harmony was once the core of Hopi life. It was central to our religious practices.

"Today, instead of resonance we are living in a state of dissonance. Hopis call this 'koyaanisqatsi,' or life out of harmony and balance. Now our Hopi tribal council has even committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote gaming on Hopi, to follow Hasogata, the gambler in Hopi legend.

"No wonder the rain chiefs are staying home. Signs are everywhere. We have experienced several years of drought. Springs are dying. Bark beetles are devastating the forests. Various species of birds no longer stay with us. The voice of nature is crying out, but no one seems to be listening.

"Recently we received pictures of water samples taken from Hotevilla Spring and the Navajo Aquifer. The samples were sent to Japan, frozen into crystals, and photographed by Dr. Masaru Emoto. The N-aquifer water crystallized beautifully. Sadly, however, the water from Hotevilla did not seem to have a face. The question is, Why? What message is that water trying to give us?"

Dr. Emoto is coming from Japan to Northern Arizona University on April 28 as a guest of Black Mesa Trust. He will talk about the research he has been doing for the past 15 years on interactions between humans and water.

Masayesva said, "Perhaps he can help us understand why Hotevilla water has lost its face, and, more importantly, what we need to do to heal it." Dr. Emoto, a doctor of Alternative Medicine, is the director of the Hado Institute in Tokyo.

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As a result of his extensive research into the nature of water around the planet, Dr. Emoto has realized that it is in the frozen crystal form that water shows us its true nature, and he has proved that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different Hado through written and spoken words, as well as music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to "change its expression". Based on this research, he has authored the two-volume work, "Messages from Water."

Emoto will speak at the Cline Auditorium at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on April 28 from 6 - 9:30 p.m., including a question and answer period. For more information about Black Mesa Trust's work, call the Hopi office at (928) 734-9255 or the Flagstaff office at (928) 213-9009, or visit For more information about Dr. Emoto's work, visit

Firms win economic development contracts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Pete Domenici announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded economic development initiative contracts to two American Indian owned businesses. The Native American economic development initiatives contracts allow SBA to work closely with tribal communities to help businesses succeed and create jobs on reservations.

G&G Advertising of Albuquerque was selected to receive $260,000 to develop and provide marketing products to American Indian and Alaska Native small business owners. Also selected was Arviso Business Consulting of Chandler, Ariz. It will receive $221,196 to develop two cultural tourism corridors for rural micro-enterprise development in the New Mexico Navajo Nation.

"The partnerships created through EDI contracts strengthen a business' chance of survival by creating a network of support and resources," Domenici said. "Allowing these two American Indian businesses more capital not only offers other avenues for goods and markets in the immediate economy, but also generates employment opportunities for locals."

Leland Leonard to head Navajo education

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., appointed Leland Leonard as the executive director for the Division of Din? Education. Leonard, originally from Chinle, comes from the urban Din? setting, where he served as director of the Phoenix Indian Center in Phoenix for six years.

Shirley said, "I believe he is the person who can continue to do the job and fill the agenda set forth by the Shirley-Dayish administration. He brings with him an abundant array of expertise, including his strength and ability in working at all levels; be it local, state or the federal government."

Leonard, who has a master's degree in Education, said, "I look forward to working with the Shirley administration. I have been away from the Navajo Nation for a lot of years and am pleased, as I feel I have come full circle. I have come home and am honored to be working for the Navajo Nation."