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Shoshone Grandmothers Plan Resistance Day on Proposed Mine Site

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Restraining Order Requested - Shoshone Grandmothers Plan Resistance Day on Proposed Mine Site

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kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:19 am
GOOD DEAL! The Elders know what's right!

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:33 am
Please let me know if I need to post this, will you? Thanks!

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:36 am
The elders sure do know what is right, but the greed for gold at any expense will be difficult to overcome. Against the odds, I hope and pray these wise ones prevail !

Brenda H (29)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:36 am

. (0)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:45 am
Noted with respect and honour to these wise elders.
Thank you Kat.

Lone W (1428)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:45 am

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 8:39 am
I agree with you 100% Brenda. Thank you Kat.

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 9:30 am
TY so much for your article Kat my friend, this is happily noted.

I respect all elders and their words of wisdom. "E me nv" {Amen}. Thank the Great Spirit for their right to fight!

"A isv nv wa do hi ya do" {walk in peace}

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 10:55 am
“In the 1800’s, the U.S. sent in the Calvary to remove the Indians and to kill off our sources of food, such as the Buffalo. Now here they are, just days before Thanksgiving in 2008, destroying our Mountain of life and the pinyon trees which are our food. This is happening today and it’s outrageous.” Says Joyce McDade, Western Shoshone grandmother.

Barbara Ridley, another Western Shoshone grandmother participating in the resistance states: Who’s Thanksgiving is this anyway? What have we got to celebrate? There’s no Thanksgiving for our people – they tell us we don’t have our land but we still use it for our foods, plants and ceremonies. This mountain is very important to us and people should respect our request to leave it alone.”

I am praying for a successful protest and outcome. These women are so brave and represent what true leaders should do for their people. Thank you Kat.

nurith k (93)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 11:05 am
my heart and my thoughts will be with the grandmothers!
nurith from germany

June M (395)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 1:12 pm
Keep up the STUBBORNESS! DON'T let anyone get you down! With you all Grannies!

Charles D. J (11)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 1:48 pm
What can we non-native Americans do to help the grandmothers in their struggle against this injustice?

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 1:56 pm
Charles, here is some information that might help you to help the grandmothers:

Cat Sieh at or call 715-2236.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 3:46 pm
Brave women. I have nothing but respect for them. Thank you, Kat.

Darlene K (356)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 4:44 pm
Late yesterday, attorneys for several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations filed a request in the federal District Court in Reno, NV seeking a restraining order against the construction of one of the country’s largest open pit gold mines on the flank of spiritual Mt. Tenabo. The mine company has already begun demolition of the pinyon forest with heavy machinery on the site ripping out trees at a reported rate of 30 acres per day. As they await a Court hearing and feeling compelled to take immediate action, tomorrow, a group of Shoshone grandmothers will travel to the proposed mine site to conduct a day of Resistance to the destruction of the area and the approval of the mine by the United States. Mt. Tenabo is a well-known home to local Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal, food and ceremonial plants and rocks and continues to be used to this day by Shoshone for spiritual ceremonies and cultural practices. Over the years, tens of thousands of individuals and organizations from across the United States and around the world have joined with the Shoshone and voiced their opposition to this mine –in fact, the mine is being referred to as the “most opposed mine in the world”.

“We want them off this mountain, this is a spiritual genocide what’s going on; destroying our mountain is destroying our beliefs. Removing water is death to the mountains. No way. We will take whatever action we need to – we’re going through the U.S. courts and we will stand on this Mountain in support of her and call on those people around the world to stand with us in solidarity.” Stated Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone Grandmother, Executive Director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (the alternate to the Nobel Peace Prize).

Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company, headquartered in Canada, plans to construct and operate the mine, known as the Cortez Hills Expansion Project. The area is located entirely within the territory of the Western Shoshone Nation, recognized in the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. The Mine would blast and excavate a new massive open pit on Mount Tenabo over 900 acres in size, with a depth of over 2,000 feet. It would include several new waste disposal and processing facilities (including a cyanide heap-leaching facility), consisting of approximately 1,577 million tons of waste rock, 53 million tons of tailings material, and 112 million tons of spent heap leach material. The Mine would include an extensive groundwater pumping system to dewater Mount Tenabo and associated water pipelines that will transport the pumped water away from Mount Tenabo. In total, the mine would permanently destroy approximately 6,800 acres land on and around Mount Tenabo, over 90% of which is classified as federal “public” land.
Bless the Shoshone grandmothers and ALL who help support their stand. Very brave women! This was so very inspiring..., thank you.

Brandy Huston (230)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 5:00 pm
Thanks Kat. Prayers and blessings for the Elders.

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 5:05 pm
Noted with respect and honour to these wise elders.
Thank you Kat

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 5:40 pm


The BLM’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement is online at:

If you write a postcard or letter to BLM, mail it by December 4th to:

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Battle Mountain Field Office
Attn: Steve Drummond, Cortez Hills Project Manager
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820

If you send an email, it must be emailed by 4 pm Pacific time on December 4th to:

Contact the Western Shoshone Defense Project at – 775-744-2565.

The BLM’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement is online at:

If you write a postcard or letter to BLM, mail it to:

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Battle Mountain Field Office
Attn: Steve Drummond, Cortez Hills Project Manager
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820

Larson Bill, South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone, 775-744-2565/775-397-6726

Dan Randolph, Great Basin Resource Watch, 775-722-4056

Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Western Shoshone Defense Project, 775-397-1371

For more information on the Cortez Hills Project, Mount Tenabo, and the legal challenge go to and


. (0)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:52 pm
go grannys i love there fighting spirits noted thank you

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 9:24 pm
Noted. Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 27, 2008, 2:35 am
Noted. Thanks Kat.

kat yazzie (400)
Thursday November 27, 2008, 2:22 pm
Wigga, as long as you insist on using profanity, I will report your posts for removal. I suggest that you maintain your composure, and refrain from gutter-talk. Doing so also helps get your point accross better, as well. But, do as you please. Your obscene language has been reported.

. (0)
Thursday November 27, 2008, 3:22 pm
Noted, and Wigga reported-what a fool. Go Grannies!

Henry P (171)
Thursday November 27, 2008, 6:09 pm
Noted. Thanks Kat.

Morgan Griffith (225)
Friday November 28, 2008, 5:39 pm
Kat will send letters and emails to all the contacts you have provided. This is wrong on so many levels.
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