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Remembering Klee Benally: A Champion of Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

Remembering Klee Benally: A Champion of Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

The passing of Klee Benally, an esteemed Diné activist and artist, has left multiple communities grieving.
Benally, a lifelong advocate for Indigenous liberation and environmental justice, died in Phoenix, Arizona, at 48. Remembering Klee Benally: A Champion of Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

Born on October 6, 1975, in Black Mesa, Arizona, Benally was a key figure in fighting land encroachment and environmental racism.. He was a driving force behind Indigenous Action, an organization he founded in 2001, dedicated to the liberation of Mother Earth and all her beings.

In addition to his activism, Benally was a celebrated musician and filmmaker.
His film “Power Lines” won Best Picture at the Red Nation Film Festival in 2016, highlighting forced relocation and generational trauma. His art installations, like “Poise/End,” explored the devastating effects of uranium mining on the Diné Nation.

Benally’s band, Blackfire, fused traditional Diné music with punk rock and folk, creating politically charged compositions protesting crimes against Indigenous peoples. He also founded Táala Hooghan Infoshop, a community-based collective addressing social, economic, and colonial injustices.


Benally fiercely defended Indigenous sacred places, fighting against the desecration of the San Francisco Peaks by the Arizona Snowbowl. He collaborated on public art projects, bringing awareness to the ongoing destruction of sacred sites.


Benally’s legacy lives on through his book and the countless lives he touched with his activism. His passing has sparked an outpouring of grief and gratitude for his tireless dedication to Indigenous liberation and environmental protection

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Source: https://hyperallergic.com/870647/remembering-indigenous-artist-and-organizer-klee-benally/

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