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CALL FOR CANCELLATION (NOT POSTPONEMENT) of the DIVINE STRAKE
RENO, NV – Tomorrow, Saturday, June
3rd, Nevadans will call upon their Congressional Delegation to cancel Divine
Strake through a march and rally at the Bruce R. Thompson federal building in
Reno. There has been a postponement of the June 23rd 700-ton explosion of
ammonium nitrate and fuel oil that was to be detonated in an area of the Nevada
Test Site on Western Shoshone homeland where six nuclear tests occurred.
Divine Strake is a violation of Western Shoshone rights....
The Wild, Wild Wars in
the West - TomDispatch.com - 11 AUG 2004
the Feds handed down to Nevada its bitterest defeat and sweetest
victory in ages; the former, a termination of thousands of years
of Western Shoshone history; the latter, a reprieve from an
apocalyptic future as the world's biggest -- and maybe dumbest --
nuclear waste dump. In one three-day period, Nevada's past got
cancelled while its future was salvaged. But this Indian war and
these nuclear politics are just part of a panoply of glaringly
weird things going on in the state; there's a gold rush, a water
war, and vast military operations, just for starters, and all of
them are ecological bad news....
Open Letter to the President of the United States from the
Western Shoshone Nation:
Worst Case of Injustice to be Inflicted Upon American Indians in
More than a Century
Indian Country Today - 22 JUNE 2004
Dear President Bush, Members of Congress, the
People of the United States:
Today, the Western Shoshone Nation is in a struggle
for survival against powerful forces within the U. S. Congress
that are attempting to steal our ancestral homeland. While
Western Shoshone warriors are fighting in Iraq to defend and
protect the United States, certain members of Congress are
attempting to illegally confiscate our homeland, which the U.S.
Government promised to preserve and protect for the Western
Shoshone Nation by the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty.
If the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Bill
(H.R. 884/S.618) is passed and approved by the President, our
Western Shoshone warriors will not have a homeland to return to
when they complete their tour of duty in Iraq....
Passes Long-stalled Bill to Pay Western Shoshone for Land
Reno Gazette-Journal Online - 22 JUNE 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure to reimburse thousands
of Western Shoshone Indians for the loss of their ancestral
lands passed the House of Representatives on Monday, putting the
bill in reach of becoming law after years of dispute.
Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act passed on a voice vote.
The bill would provide about $145 million to as many as 6,000 of
Nevada's Western Shoshone Indians, who lost their homeland to
settlers and others in the 19th century.
members have long clashed over the legislation. Some oppose it,
saying their priority is getting their land back. An apparent
majority supports it, contending that seeking the return of
millions of acres is not realistic and the money would help
tribal members buy basic necessities....
WESTERN SHOSHONE PAYOFF BILL: WHAT ARE YOU
GOING TO DO TO HELP STOP THE LARGEST INDIAN LAND THEFT IN
MODERN HISTORY? - UN Observer - 21 JUNE
an outpouring of support for the Western Shoshone and a
national outcry for a good faith resolution of the land
and treaty issues, Congress, their corporate cronies and
the White House are at it again.
highly controversial Western Shoshone Distribution Bill
(S 618/HR 884) is on the House Suspension calendar AGAIN
for Monday, June 21, 2004, voting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Only representatives present and voting count.
changed since June 1 when the Western Shoshone tribal
councils and traditional people supported by thousands
across the country cried out in opposition to the
– except White House staffer Jennifer Farley has
reportedly called the bill “red hot” and that
President Bush will not use his veto power to stop it...
Shoshone Bills Being Debated in Congress - www.lahontanvalleynews.com
08 JUNE 2004
One month after shifting his support to a Senate
bill that would distribute money long ago awarded to Western
Shoshones, U.S. Rep. Jim Gibbons is back to pushing his own
version of a similar bill.
had put his support behind U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's Western
Shoshone Distribution Claim Act in hopes of overcoming
opposition from House Democrats.
doled out to Western Shoshone, about $20,000 to $30,000 per
person depending on how many prove to be eligible tribal
members, would be exempt from income tax under Reid's version of
the bill. The Senate bill would also ensure...
on Western Shoshone Distribution Bill is "Day to Day"
- Indian Country Today - 03 JUNE 2004
WASHINGTON - Congress poised itself to strike down
an icon of modern Indian resistance to state power during the
last week of May, but stayed its hand after an outpouring of
support for the Western Shoshone.
James Gibbons, R-Nev., scheduled the Western Shoshone
Distribution Bill for a vote in the House of Representatives
June 1. According to opponents of the bill, Capitol Hill
staffers report that with the Senate in recess the week before
Memorial Day, Gibbons’ fellow Nevadan, Sen. Harry Reid, a
Democrat, lobbied House Democrats to pass H.R. 884. It happens
to be identical to S. 618, the Western Shoshone Distribution
Bill sponsored by Reid and passed in the Senate by unanimous
consent. If the House bill were to pass, it would go directly to
President Bush, whose signature would enact it into law. With
that, any willing Western Shoshone tribal member would be able
to collect a share of an approximate $135 million settlement
assigned the tribe by the Indian Claims Commission for lands
identified in the Ruby Valley Treaty of 1863....
the Western Shoshone Hold onto Their Land! - 30
In just a few days,
Congress is scheduled to vote on a bill that would force the Western Shoshone
Nation of Nevada to sell twenty-four million acres of their land to the US
government, and at a price of 15 cents an acre!
Worse, it seems that,
if this bill passes, much of this land could be turned over to mining, energy
and nuclear interests....
Shoshone: War is Not Just in Iraq - Brenda Norrell - Indian
Country Today - 20 MAY 2004
CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. - United States Congressmen
are mirroring the same deceptive tactics in Western Shoshone
territory as in Iraq, said Western Shoshone as legislation was
pushed to compensate tribal members for Aboriginal land in an
effort to seize it and open it up for mining, energy and nuclear
Western Shoshone maintain their Aboriginal land claim secured by
the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863, their sacred Yucca Mountain
is being gutted for nuclear dumping, their horses and cattle
seized to make way for geothermal industries and the earth
mutilated for gold extraction....
States Wants International Ruling Kept Secret -
Indian Country Today - 20 MAR 2004
- The United States is attempting to keep secret an
international ruling that affects American Indians and
property rights. The ruling, in the case of the Western
Shoshone, calls for a review of all U.S. law and policy
regarding indigenous peoples and in particular the right
Indigenous Peoples Day, Western Shoshone Carrie Dann
said, "The U.S. was found to be in violation of
international law—found to be violating our rights to
property, to due process, and to equality under the law.
have been told to remedy this situation and to review
all law and policy relating to indigenous peoples in the
Bill for Western Shoshone is Genocide – The
Fight for Land and Dignity
Indian Country Today - 20 MAR 2004
Ariz. - Western Shoshone Carrie Dann said a proposed
U.S. distribution bill for payments of ancestral land is
genocide and warned non-Indians that they would be the
next ones that the United States strips of their rights.
going on today is genocide of our spiritual and cultural
ways. You should not let this genocide happen because
you might be the next one in line," Dann said
during an address in downtown Flagstaff. "What
happened to us will happen to you someday. There is
already one act against you, it is called the Patriot
fiery speech, Dann said the Western Shoshone
Distribution Bill (H.R. 884) has passed the U.S. Senate
and is now in the U.S. House of Representatives....
Shoshone Seek to Expand Reservation - SFGate.com
(AP) - 23 JAN 2004
ELY, Nev. (AP) -- The Shoshone tribe is seeking to
expand its Ely reservation by nearly 22,000 acres for
traditional and commercial purposes.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold the first of many
public hearings on the proposal Monday....
Shoshone Tribes Divided Over Land Dispute With Government
Tribune - 07 JAN 2004
CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. - (KRT) - Two elderly Indian
sisters haul hay, mend fences and round up cattle at their ranch
in this remote Nevada valley. Between chores, they spearhead one
of the most controversial land battles in the West.
conflict that has pitted Western Shoshone Indians against the
federal government for decades and deeply divided Western
Shoshone tribes along the way....
Shoshone Payments Challenged - Indian Country Today
- 16 DEC 2003
CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. - The Western Shoshone have
found an ally in U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva to join their near
half-century long land battle with the federal government. The
Arizona congressman is taking the Department of Interior to task
asking some hard-line questions and requesting bundles of
documents related to land and treaty rights directly connected
with the current distribution bill which considers one-time
payments to the tribe....
Shoshone Case Shames U.S. - Indian Country Today
- 01OCT 2003 -
In the midst of mounting gains across Indian
country, particularly on the east and west coasts, it is still
not hard to find horrible cases of big government abuse,
particularly among the struggling Western tribes.
Relentlessly, as precursor to a lucrative
privatization of Nevada lands, including coveted gold deposits,
the federal bureaucracy has declared war on one of those
outposts of traditional Indian life and culture, targeting in
particular the incredibly decent and sincere elder Indian
ranchers, Mary and Carrie Dann...
OF WESTERN SHOSHONE WOMAN
100 YEARS OF SUPPRESSION
OF SUPPORT FOR WESTERN SHOSHONE
IMPOUNDMENT OF CATTLE IN ELKO COUNTY, NEVADA
AND TYRANNY AGAINST WESTERN SHOSHONE CONTINUES
DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
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