The people of Pinon, Arizona live in a small
remote area in the heart of the Dineh (Navaho) reservation. This
area is stronghold of deeply held tradition. The community of
Pinon operates under the auspices of The Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA). Local governing agents are elected officials cooperating
with local, state, tribal and federal agencies. Since the lifting
of the Bennett freeze, which prevented new development, as well
as other issues, the people who live here are undergoing dramatic
changes socially and economically. The existing problems of the
indigenous people of this area are currently being compounded.
The hard held traditional values have collided headlong with
unprecedented growth and modernization. This has resulted in
astronomical socio-economic problems.
What is needed are specific tools and
programs for the people in the area to learn viable and creative
ways to integrate the dramatic changes that are currently colliding
with deeply held tradition. Sacred Mountains Foundation, Inc,
as an officially recognized non profit organization by both the
federal and tribal governments is in a position to directly aid
these existing and compounding problems. Sacred Mountains Foundations
theme of preserving ancient ways using modern tools would capitalize
on the positive aspects of modernization and economic expansion,
while preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Dineh traditions.
With a sense of pride and dignity we open the doors to all our
relations for peace and healing.