Fire On Rez, Arizona Tribes Defy Congress, 'Native Voices', Open Letter To Alex White Plume, Coconino Forest Travel Plan
There is a dire emergency at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee Nevada.
It's a very isolated reservation on the Nevada/Idaho border. One of the many fires that have been burning out of control in the west devastated this little village and people are suffering without water and electricity for 5 day now with no relief in sight.
Food is going bad since there is no electricity since all the power poles are burned to a crisp. The elderly and the children are taking a direct hit as water supplies dwindle and food is in short supply.
Since there is no power the heat is taking its toll and there is human suffering since there has been no aid. If ever there was a time for The People to pull together it's now. So give these people a chance to survive in this blistering heat. Give them a call and see what you can do. (Contact info below).
These are our brothers and sisters who are literally baking in the hot Nevada sun. If nothing is done like soon, there will be fatalities as the elderly will soon expire from the heat and the lack of water.
This is a human tragedy in the making and they need help now. Do you think the feds will help them? Well it's been 5 days now and do the math. Lives will soon be lost if help does not get there soon.
Please, Please contact do your bit for our relations.....
Contact info: Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Sho-Pai Fire Station
1935 FireLane PO Box 219 89832>
Ask for Brent Hunter, or you may contact me here in Elko,NV,
Si Thomas 775-777-7739
Arizona Tribes Defy Congress
It’s a red flag. A foreign mining company, Resolution Copper, is getting U. S. Congress to pass an act, so that the foreign company can mine public land that was set aside for its uniqueness by President Eisenhower in 1955.
As if that is not enough, the foreign mining company is trading that public land for private parcels--to change its status--from private--to private land. Doing so allows the foreign mining company to avoid the public process that is mandated under the National Environmental Policy Act. One questions why the mining company is spending millions on swapping lands when other foreign mining companies are grabbing up U.S. public lands for pennies on the dollar.
A coalition of six Arizona Native American tribes has tried to circumvent the Congressional Act, which only two Arizona Congress persons are sponsoring. The Congress men have sent a letter to President Bush requesting that he continue the special status accorded to Oak Flats by then President Eisenhower and to protect the historical site.
The problem is that when the white government gave the Native Americans reservations, they often did not include their traditional sacred places. Since the white man does not honor the spirits of the ancestors, nor does the white man respect the elders, we do not understand the significance of the Native American cultural sites.
However, we do honor our heroes: Little Big Horn, where Custer lost his life, is now a National Monument. So the Arizona tribes are wondering how white man justifies turning a traditional site in Native American history over to the mining industry to be desecrated?
The beginning story of Apache Leap is the usual scenario. Calvary troops were hunting down the Indians to incarcerate them. But the end of the story created heroes. Some 75 Apache warriors were cornered on a large rock ledge. Rather than surrender, the warriors leaped off the cliff to their deaths. This cliff has been named “Apache Leap.” One holds one’s breath when passing that route—knowing the price that 75 warriors paid for freedom. Incidentally, “Apache tears,” that is, chips of black obsidian, are found in the area.
There has been an element of betrayal since the onset of the project. The Nature Conservancy and National Audubon Society—and Arizona Representative Renzi— helped pick the private lands for Resolution Copper to buy and swap for prime public land. The worst of it is the plots of land are abandoned overgrazed ranches with no aesthetic value whatsoever. Whereas, the beauty of the public land is in plain view from Highway 60 as it winds along the chasm cut out by Queen Creek. Sycamores stud its rocky banks with craggy mountains as the backdrop. Oak Flat Campground and climbing areas will also be lost and Queen Creek could be dewatered.
Another red flag is that the company, Resolution Copper, has never done any actual mining. The company was formed by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, both with questionable environmental records. Rio Tinto is the parent of Kennecott--the creator of the biggest sulfate plume in U.S. near Salt Lake. UT. BHP Billition has had so many complaints that even their stockholders are calling them to account.
Of course, the mantra of “jobs above all else” is touted by government officials, including Arizona Governor Napolitano, as an excuse for the destruction of the area. But they don’t have the facts. There are 700 mining job openings with a 25 mile radius. Another 500 jobs only 5 miles away at the new Carlota mine will be posted by the end of the year. According to Mayor Hing of nearby Superior, the populace, who are supposed to benefit economically from the mine, hope to promote tourism and get out of the boom and bust cycle of mining. Those few who are qualified for mining jobs are already working at a mine only six miles away.
An online petition to President Bush and Congress has been set up so that everyone can express their support: http://www.mining-law-reform.info/. It’s an opportunity to speak up for Native Americans and for public lands.
Groundwater Awareness League
"Native Voices On The Wind"
Thank you so much for posting our article about getting federal recognition for our tribe. We receive new signatures nearly every day!!! Thank YOU!
I have a question for you. I am working on a American Indian Historical documentary called “Journey Home”. Basically, I follow 5 boarding school surviviors "home" and document what happened to them through their letters and their descendants words.
In a nut shell, two of the principals in the doc changed the face of Indian law way back in the late 1800s and very early 1900s. If it wasn’t for them, native people today would not have the records or access to the courts like we do now.
I was the first person to crack the seal on the Society of American Indians micro film reel. It sat in that lib 37 years! This documentary is ground breaking but I am having trouble raising funds for the project.
NAPT (Native American Public Television) has given us substantial funding but I have to raise 100k more to get the documentary produced. I know there are a lot of invitational funding opportunities out there and I just wonder if you might like to run an article about my documentary to see if we can generate interests from funders? It would be such a waste and a great loss to all native people if this story is never told.
It shows both the dark side and the positive side of boarding schools and it documents a historical era that is rarely covered. We face it head on and listen to the words of those who were in boarding schools and also follow 2 native people as they formed the society and fought for our rights in Congress and the courts. We use their letters. their words. their history. They would be a wonderful role model for native youth today. I believe this story needs to be in the history books.
NAPT is going to distribute and stream the program also if I can get the rest of my funding.
She is spearheading the petition drive for Federal Recognition For The Chickamauga Cherokee, Indian Creek Band. Sign the petition at:
Open Letter To Alex White Plume:
I am hoping this e-mail will be forwarded to Alex White Plume. I was so angry when I watched the PBS piece on the White Plume Family's efforts to grow Hemp, that I wrote to the Dakota Senators and Representatives and all of the Justices of the Supreme Court. I thought you might like a copy.
"The White Plume Family, American Indians of the Lakota tribe, should be allowed to grow Industrial Hemp on their own land. The Lakota's fit all of the qualifications for a sovereign Nation; they have the right to do what they want without government interference.
"Growing a non drug crop would lift the Lakota's out of a lifetime of poverty. There is 85% unemployment on their reservation. The White Plume Family has already demonstrated their ability to produce money making products such as string, from Hemp. If Marijuana is the issue, then draw up an agreement that is bolstered by heavy fines and jail time should the crop be abused.
"American Imports of hemp from Canada have made Canadians multimillionaires, yet the original American people are denied the same opportunity. It is unconscionable for the courts to once again deny the Lakota's case. The Lakota's are taking a stand for their treaty rights by bringing the hemp issue to congress.
"FOR GOD'S SAKE! Re-instate some integrity and humanity in government. A government supposedly, FOR the people and OF the people and BY the people. Right at least one of the wrongs perpetrated upon these people by finally honoring their treaty rights. Or have you forgotten your American History?"
Proposed Arizona Coconino National Forest Travel Management Plan
This draft plan is designed to regulate off-road vehicle use in the Coconino National Forest.
Here is what you can do to voice your opinions:
Attend A Forest Service Open House: Voice your concerns for conservation values.
Flagstaff: Tuesday, July 31, 5–8 pm, OR Saturday, August 4, 12–5 pm, Sinagua HS, 3950 E. Butler.
Happy Jack: Wednesday, August 1, 5–8 pm, Happy Jack Lodge, Lake Mary Road
Camp Verde: Thursday, August 2, 5–8 pm, Cliff Castle Casino
For more information go to:
Attend a Citizen's Open House: Receive information about the decision process, what is good and BAD about the forest's proposal, review maps of the proposed road system & where it would encroach on crucial wildlife habitat & damage watersheds. Then write effective comments to send to the Coconino.
Prescott: Wednesday, August 1, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Prescott College, San Juan Building, Second Floor, 370 Garden St. Prescott, AZ 86305
Flagstaff: Saturday, July 28, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Flagstaff Federated Community Church, Rees Hall, 400 W. Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn under the shade of beautiful old trees.
There is no cost, but please register by contacting Liz Boussard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-527-3809 (Flagstaff)
or Sam Frank 928-717-6076 (Prescott).
We can also give you directions or other information.
Attend A Forest Service Open House: Voice your concerns for conservation values
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