by Al Swilling, Founder
FINANCIAL BACKING AND OPERATING EXPENSES
SENAA International is a non-profit organization. We have
supported and advocated the position of the Dineh Relocation
Resisters at Black Mesa, AZ, since 1998. From our founding date
of 12 September 1995, we have helped to protect and
preserve Indigenous American cultures, ceremonies, and
tribal burials. Since our beginning, we have not asked for a
single penny in donations. All of the expenses incurred for
travel and the hosting of our Web site have all been covered
internally, by our members; and usually by myself as one of the
two founders of SENAA International, or by Sara Hayes, director
of SENAA West, when other funds were not available. Usually
expenses have been shared among the membership, and not through
donations from outside sources. If expenses arise that members
do not have the means to cover, SENAA International will
sometimes hold one or more fundraising events to make up what we
SENAA International does not pay any salaries to anyone. All the
work done at SENAA International is done voluntarily, at the
participants' own expense, and without compensation of any kind.
It is our way of upholding our values and showing our allegiance
to our cultures, heritage, families, and the Creator-given human
rights of all people. To avoid being beholden or obligated to
any person or entity, we do not solicit or accept sponsorship or
grants from specific "benefactors". We will not be subject to
the whims of any individual or entity outside of SENAA
International membership. Only individuals and entities who are
willing to abide by SENAA's bylaws and methods of operation are
invited to join SENAA International.
SENAA International is an advocacy and cultural educational
organization, not a news agency. It is part of our purpose to
keep people informed of current issues, not to write news
articles. There are many very talented journalists like Brenda
Norrell who gather the news in detail from around NDN country
and convey that news to us through various outlets like Censored
News. We give full credit to the authors of every article, and
we do not publish the article on our own Web site unless
arrangements with the author have been made to do so. Otherwise,
we publish only the title and author of the article and a
snippet of the first paragraph to peak readers' interest. The
title is always linked to the source of the information,
directing visitors of our site to the proper publication where
the article is legally published.
Our job as a non-profit cultural and educational organization is
to keep our members, supporters, and Web site viewers informed
of current events around NDN country; nothing more and nothing
less. We do not profit in any way from our efforts, and no one
is paid a salary.
If an article has cultural or historical significance, SENAA
International may archive a copy of the article text and add it
to our site if there is a request for it when the source of that
story has deleted or otherwise made the article unavailable to
the public. This is solely for the purpose of ensuring that the
facts of the matter are preserved and are available in the event
that government and other entities attempt to alter the facts to
suit their aganda. However, this is done for historical
reference only. SENAA International makes no claims of copyright
or ownership of such articles unless it was written by a SENAA
International member for SENAA International's use.
Included in any archived article are the date of original
publication, the author, and the name of the news outlet,
magazine, or Web site in which the article was originally
published. Also, we seek the permission from the author--the
rightful copyright owner--to publish the archived copy of each
article, and we do so under very specific conditions that are
agreed to by the author.
The only other articles that are published on our Web site in
their entirety are articles published exclusively by SENAA
International. Suzanne Marcus Fletcher is one author who has
given us exclusive first-time publishing rights to some of her
Second or one-time, non-exclusive publishing rights have, at
times, been granted for specific articles by specific authors.
Brenda Norrell and others have, in the past, granted SENAA
International permission to publish specific articles under
specific sets of circumstances. We have a copy of each author's
written permission on file.
The same stipulations and policy apply to photographs, artistic
works, drawings, and other graphics. SENAA International's Web
design is all original and exclusively the copyrighted property
of SENAA International.
SENAA International does not lobby, and we do not pay lobbyists.
We believe that there are more effective means of getting
justice than buying it one senator and congressman at a time.
Our rights to equal rights, freedom, liberty, and due process of
law have already been bought at the price of our ancestors'
blood and lives on the fields of battle. Any senator or
congressman who requires a fee to protect and preserve the
freedom, liberty, and justice guaranteed by the Constitution is
nothing less that a domestic enemy; and it is the oath of every
elected official, military personnel, and military Veteran; the
duty of everyone who has a Veteran or active duty sailor,
soldier, airman, or Marine in his or her family, to protect and
defend our rights against "all enemies, foreign and domestic".
Every Senator, every Congressman, every President is owned by
the people. They were bought with a price. We should never
SENAA International's only motive for existing is to do our part
to protect, defend, and preserve Creator-given human rights for
all people, to address the issues facing Indigenous Americans
today; protect sacred and burial sites of the Indigenous
American tribal nations; and to raise public awareness of those
issues; issues that mainstream national and international news
media will not mention.
SENAA International is a nonprofit organization, but we are NOT
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To accept 501(c)(3) status
would make us answerable to the U.S. Government in regard to the
things that we protest, support, say, write, and do. In short,
it would make us a puppet of the U.S. government. SENAA
International does not dance to that tune.