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WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON INAUGURATION DAY? Spend Inauguration Day Supporting the Western Shoshone and the Freedom of Native Religions and Human Rights.

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kat yazzie (400)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 2:55 pm
THIS PICTURE IS OF A SWEAT LODGE AT THE BASE OF MT. Denabo (correct pronunciation)


Contact: Julie Cavanaugh-Bill (775-397-6726),

Dan Randolph (775-348-1986),

Hearing to Stop Further Mining at Tenabo

Demonstration and News Conference to Protect Native Religions

Where: Gordon R. Thompson Federal Bldg. (S. Virginia and Liberty)

When: Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 AM

On this day of the inauguration of a new president with hope for the future we are reminded that the founding fathers of the United States dedicated into our constitution freedom to practice religion as ones tradition required.

Just two months ago, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the construction of a massive open pit cyanide heap leach gold mine on the face of well-known spiritual area, Mt. Tenabo. Western Shoshone communities, the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch are seeking an injunction to stop further destruction of Mt. Tenabo by Barrick Gold Corporation. The Federal Court in Reno has scheduled a hearing on Jan. 20th and 21st.

The peaceful and respectful demonstration will open with native drumming, song, and prayer. Western Shoshone elders will speak, and supporting local religious leaders will follow. Just before 9:00 AM the demonstration will close and all supporters will be invited to attend as much of the injunctive hearing as they can in support of religious freedom. There will also be a similar demonstration at the same time on January 21.

“Denabo (correct pronunciation) has special significance for Western Shoshone, it means the writing on the rocks walls of the mountain (White Cliffs) put there by our Creator. We go to pray to our Creator to give us strength to keep us going. How can we pray to our creator when the place is being blown up?” - Joyce McDade, Western Shoshone Grandmother

“When God makes a covenant to provide for human beings, the covenant always includes the land. Our well-being as a species is conditioned upon our capacity to love and care for the land. Native American communities and their spiritual practices have enlightened our way to this love and care.”– John Auer, Reverend First United Methodist Church, Reno NV.

Barrick Gold Corporation is the world’s largest gold company and operates mainly on Indigenous lands for the extraction of gold. This company has refused to accept its social responsibility to protect Indigenous peoples’ land, sacred areas, water, and air pollution.

This destruction of Indigenous spiritual areas must stop now.

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 2:55 pm

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 3:15 pm
AGAIN: This is only the press release...



Marion Y. (322)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 3:37 pm
Good story! Thanks Kat.

Talldeer C. (47)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 4:10 pm
This destruction of Indigenous spiritual areas must STOP NOW!!!!!!!Thanks Kat!!

. (0)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 4:27 pm
noted thank you

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 4:56 pm
If this is indian land what is the government doing letting anyone come onto the land and mine, cut trees, or anything else? Again the US government is stinking it in the backs of the Indians. Our gov treaties with the Indians is not worth the paper the treaties are written on. This disgusting and unacceptable.

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 5:49 pm
Noted,Thanks Kat

Charles D. J. (11)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 6:48 pm
Noted with sadness and incredulity at such blatant disregard of Native peoples' sacred grounds. My prayer is that when he is our President, Mr. Obama, realizing just how prejudice and greed run unchecked, more often than not, throughought this country,he will do all that is possible to help our Native American brothers and sisters.

Henry P. (171)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 7:57 pm
Noted Thanks Kat

Ivy S. (2169)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 8:01 pm
It is sad to see how indigenous people suffer in the hands of those who conquered them. Kat thanks for sharing this article with us. I only hope and pray that your people will one day get back what they lost due to no fault of theirs. May peace and freedom reign in the land of your forefathers now and forever. Noted.

Sandra M Z. (114)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:01 am
Even greedheads should know better than mining this location, Shame on them.

Noted, and I hope this can be stopped NOW. Thank you Kat.

Pamylle G. (462)
Monday January 19, 2009, 3:22 am
This is so wrong.

Dandelion G. (388)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:11 am
Just because we have a new President does not mean things will change in all places. Our new President needs our help, we also need to keep applying pressure to all the various governmental agencies, Senate, and to our Congress.

Michael Owens (1647)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:54 pm
Noted,Thanks Kat
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