Bio

Photo by Sam Minkler

Photo by Sam Minkler

 

Klee Benally (Diné/Russian-Polish) was born in Tuba City on the Diné (Navajo) Nation and currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is originally from Black Mesa and has worked most of his life at the front lines in struggles to protect Indigenous sacred lands. From occupying Border Patrol headquarters in Arizona to call an end to militarization on Indigenous lands to multiple arrests in direct action to protect the San Francisco Peaks and other threatened sacred places, in every aspect of his work Klee fights for a livable and healthy world.

Community Organizing
Klee doesn’t believe the current dominant social order (read “colonial system”) can be fixed but should (and will be) smashed to pieces. When asked about his politics he says, “I maintain Diné traditionalism as my way of being in this world. I have affinity with Anarchism and identify myself as an Indigenous Anarchist.”“I maintain Diné traditionalism as my way of being in this world. I have affinity with Anarchism and identify myself as an Indigenous Anarchist.”

He currently is project coordinator of Indigenous Action Media and volunteers with Protect the Peaks efforts and Taala Hooghan Infoshop. In 2004, Klee helped start Outta Your Backpack Media (www.oybm.org), an Indigenous youth empowerment project that focuses on media literacy and media justice for Indigenous communities.klee benally

Klee directed and edited “The Snowbowl Effect”, a feature documentary which has been screened both nationally and internationally and is currently used in teaching curriculum at Northern Arizona University.

Klee also does presentations, workshops and strategic planning. Read more about the workshops here.

Music
For 20 years Klee performed with Native American Music Award winning rock group Blackfire (www.blackfire.net). Blackfire toured nationally and internationally and played on stages from the Warped Tour, the Ryman Auditorium, Festival in the Desert Mali, Africa, to L’Olympia in Paris, France.

 

Traditional Dancejones benally family
Klee grew up participating in traditional ceremonies and inter-Indigenous pow-wows. He learned the Hoop Dance from his father Jones Benally. He also performed with the internationally acclaimed traditional dance group, The Jones Benally Family , with which he has performed Diné traditional dances all of his life.

 

Arts & Crafts
squash-blossom-benallyKlee carries on traditional crafts such as leather working & silversmithing. He is also a graphic & web-designer, likes to sew & is an aspiring bladesmith. Klee’s work has earned awards such as the “Best of Show” at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Navajo Show. View some of his art here: www.etsy.com/shop/Benally

 

 
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