Listen to Klee Benally on Native America Calling Tomorrow!

Native America Calling Live Broadcast “January Music Maker: Klee Benally” Monday, January 6, 2014 – January Music Maker: Klee Benally Our first Music Maker of 2014 brings us raw acoustic energy from the Diné Nation. Performing artist and Indigenous rights advocate Klee Benally is known for his 20 years with the Diné punk rock group Blackfire. In his first solo acoustic album, “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance,” Benally draws on

Give a Gift of Solidarity & Support! Help Siléi Community Empowerment Project with Final Down-payment!

Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBM) & Taala Hooghan Infoshop are sending you end of the year greetings and a plea for support to help Silei Community Empowerment Project (SCEP) complete down-payment for the community center we now call home. In 2012, SCEP was established for the purpose of purchasing and owning a 4,500 sq ft community center in Flagstaff, AZ. SCEP was initiated as a collaborative effort between Outta Your

T-shirts now available: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

T-shirt reads “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance,” “Indigenous Liberation,” & “We are Ungovernable.” The shirt design is based off of the CD artwork I made for my new album. The arrowhead is for protection, the corn for sustaining our struggles salubriously. These hand silk-screened t-shirts are available in black or red and come in all sizes. $14 (doesn’t include shipping – but orders now over $50 get free shipping –

A Weekend in Unceded Coast Salish Lands

We got off the plane, took a cab to Chinatown, dropped our bags at the place we were staying, and went directly to Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. As we walked to Woodward’s (a massive shopping center) near where the fest was being held, we learned about a squat and other community projects that had been evicted. It was clear that the area had quite a history of resistance to gentrification.

Updates & Upcoming…

Ya’a’teeh, Just returned from tour in Europe. It was certainly a bit of a whirlwind with just one day off and multiple shows on some days. I was able to successfully raise $2,500 from the shows and donations for Sile Community Empowerment Project & restitution fees for Peaks defenders. Silei Community Empowerment Project has been working for the past year to purchase the 4,500 sq ft building that currently houses

Navajo Times: New solo album a soundtrack for indigenous activism

By Shondiin Silversmith Navajo Times WINDOW ROCK, Oct. 17, 2013 There are a lot of ways people choose to take action for what they believe in. Musician Klee Benally shouts out his beliefs in his first solo acoustic album called “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance.” When one thinks of an acoustic album it’s usually soft and sweet, but don’t let the soft tones of an acoustic guitar fool you. With

Greetings from Prague

Greetings, Here are a few pics from tour. I haven’t had as much time to do any updates as email access has been a bit sporadic. The first show was at a small infoshop called “Le Remouleur.” They are fighting against gentrification in their neighborhood. The next day I played two sets at a small club that was packed out to the sidewalk. It’s always nice to be face to

CD & Digital Download out now!

Ya’a’teeh! Celebrating Indigenous People’s Liberation & Resistance Day (everyday). Check out the new CD via digital download (pay what you want) here. Digital download comes with 20 page digital booklet w/ lyrics. You can buy the hardcopy here, at shows, or at Táala Hooghan Infoshop in the occupied territories of Flagstaff, AZ.

on our way…

From the dust bowl known as Shiprock Fair working the Dibé Biccino Coffee booth to Phoenix, AZ in a whirlwind (literally)… we’re on our way to Europe. It was great keeping all the chi’zhi faces caffeinated this past weekend. Look forward to seeing new and old faces on tour. Also just added a show in Flagstaff, AZ at Táala Hooghan Infoshop for “A Fire at the Mountain” anarchist & anti-colonial

Benefit Speaking Tour/Film Screening/Acoustic Shows

I will be doing a speaking tour with discussion, short films, and, acoustic concerts in Europe in October. This is a benefit tour for purchase of a community center in Flagstaff, Indigenous Action Media, and Protect the Peaks work. I will also be doing a select few dates in the Southwest in November. I’ll be traveling to raise funds for a couple of important causes: Silei Community Empowerment Project is

A new site, a new focus…

Ya’a’teeh, This site is established as an outlet for some new projects that I’ve been working on for some years now. I’ve also found it a bit challenging keeping all the work I do spread all over the place, so this is also an attempt to bring it all together. As many of you know me through my former work with Blackfire, music has always been a tool/tactic for me