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Video: Footage From Sacred Sites Rally in Arizona

Native American activists rallied in Arizona to draw attention to the desecration of sacred sites including Hickory Ground and the SanFrancisco Peaks.
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The struggle to save the sacred Hickory Ground gained momentum March 26 during the National Indian Gaming Association’s Convention when a rally was held not just for the sacred land there, but for sacred land across the country.

Activists from a number of nations including the O’odham, Navajo and Havasupai gathered outside the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona to drum, speak and share stories.

“There are a lot of connections about sacred sites,” said activist Alex Soto, a citizen of the Tohono O’odham Nation and one of the rally organizers. “What’s going on back east with Hickory Ground is the same thing going on here in Phoenix with a proposal to build an eight-lane 22 mile freeway that will desecrate our sacred South Mountain and bring a level of pollution and hazardous waste to the Gila River Indian Community.”

An American Indian Song:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFigNpYJL2k[/video]

An O'odham land activist speaks at the rally:

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[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR8cdIMI9G4[/video]

Dennis Banks speaks at the rally:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LefwuYiX0zI[/video]

Klee Benally speaks about the San Francisco peaks:

[video] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE2HB4FPpQ[/video]

The first two videos were shot by ICTMN writer Gale Courey Toensing, the second two by Save Hickory Ground.