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SEBIA HAWKINS

A beautiful life


In Celebration of Sebia Randall Davey Audubon Center Santa Fe, New Mexico May 29, 2012


Top, left: Sebia led the effort to create a 25th anniversary video for the Law Center with acclaimed filmmaker Debra Anderson; here, they lunched in Pietown after Debra filmed community meeting in a water grab case. Top right: She visited client Larry J. King at his ranch in Church Rock, along with Law Center interns Alice Segal and Lissa Crokcer in 2008. Bottom left: In 2006, Sebia helped clients and others from the Navajo Nation, including Students Against Uranium Mining, get to Denver to see the Law Center present oral arguments in its federal appeal of proposed uranium mines in Crownpoint and Church Rock. Bottom right: In 2011, she met client Laura Watchempino near the Homestake uranium mill/Superfund site near Grants as part of the video project.


Thank you for joining us on this day to celebrate this beautiful woman. We were fortunate that she shared her grace, passion, wisdom - and, without fail her good humor with us. Together, we will honor Sebia’s memory by working for justice and peace wherever we may find it, guided by her belief that we share the privilege and responsibility to leave this world a better place than we found it.

With deepest sympathy to everyone whose lives she touched, The staff and board of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center


“Small but mighty...” If you asked Sebia about the Law Center, she would answer with her favorite description: “The Law Center is small but mighty.” I think that was one of the things that she liked so much about her work during the past five years: despite its small size, the Law Center has such a big impact on New Mexico and its people. Sebia spent her life advocating for justice, and the Law Center was the perfect place for her to pursue the work that was so close to her heart. The Sebia Hawkins Legacy Fund was created at the Law Center so that we all can help continue the work that was so important to her. Thank you for honoring her spirit with a gift that will nurture the world she envisioned.

—Spin Dunbar, Sebia’s husband


Sebia Hawkins Legacy Fund at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center Thank you to those who have so generously contributed time or funds in pursuit of Sebia’s vision for a just world and a healthy planet. Unless otherwise designated, gifts to Sebia’s Fund will be used for the cases that were closest to her heart: our work with indigenous groups to keep their communities safe from uranium mining. ANONYMOUS JONI ARENDS JON BLOCK and KATHY GLASER BLOCK STUART BLUESTONE JAN BROOKS HARRY BROWNE SANDY BUFFETT SADAF CAMERON MICHAEL CASAUS JAUNE EVANS BERNARD and MELINDA EWELL BRUCE FREDERICK EILEEN GAUNA KIMI GINOZA GREEN CLAIRE GREENSFELDER RICK HIND CANDIDA JONES KESHI, THE ZUNI CONNECTION SHELBIE KNOX and DAVID CLARK ROBIN LAUGHLIN

LIVINGRY FUND GUY LE SAGE of PROGRESSIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT GROUP JENNIFER MARSHALL JANOS MATÉ DOUGLAS and HARRIET MEIKLEJOHN BETSY MILLARD LOIS MOHR and TOM ARNER MICHELLE MOSSER NEW CYCLE FOUNDATION TERRY ODENDAHL CAROL and RAY PITTMAN ELSA RIOS ROBBY RODRIGUEZ CATHIE SULLIVAN LYNDA TAYLOR and ROBERT HASPEL KAY TREAKLE LAURA WATCHEMPINO ALICE VAN BUREN KAPPY WELLS JOAN and TRUEL WEST

If you would like to participate in the Sebia Hawkins Legacy Fund, please see our website (nmelc.org) or contact Shelbie Knox at shelbie@nmelc.org, or call (505) 989-9022 ext. 29. Thank you.


Our thanks to the Randall Davey Audubon Center; Ron and Deirdre McCarthy for providing our handmade journal; and Guy Le Sage for providing music.

Several years ago, Sebia provided her “vision for 2030” to Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety. You can see her interview with Sadaf Cameron on youtube.com. Search for “Sebia 2030” in youtube’s search box.

On the front cover, clockwise from top left: New Mexico Environmental Law Center staff, circa 2007; a newly-minted Law Center staffer in 2007; with client Ray Pittman in Datil in 2011; with client Fern Sanchez near Picuris Pueblo in 2008; with her husband, Spin; at the Chino copper mine, Silver City in 2008; at the San Augustin Plains, 2011; Comanche Peak photograph by John Vavruska.

If you have any questions about Sebia’s work at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at (505) 989-9022 or nmelc@nmelc.org, or see nmelc.org.


Memorial Program for Sebia Hawkins