Join People of Red Mountain in showing your support for Peehee Mu’huh (Thacker Pass) in Pasadena, California at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday June 27th at 7am!
An excerpt from an article originally posted by NBC News.
Opponents of the mine draw on both oral and recorded history to establish its spiritual importance to the Shoshone and Paiute people. According to Gary McKinney, tribal oral history says soldiers massacred around 30 Paiute tribal members at Thacker Pass in 1865.
A contemporary newspaper account and a 1929 book, both cited in court filings, described an early-morning raid on a Paiute camp in September 1865 by the 1st Nevada Cavalry Battalion that killed women and children. The article called it an “Indian fight,” and said it left at least 31 Indians “permanently friendly,” meaning dead, and said that tally was probably low.
McKinney says that tribal members go to Thacker Pass to gather roots, medicinal herbs and berries for traditional ceremonies and rituals. Like many members of his tribe, he believes the valley, also known to Paiutes as Rotten Moon, is a “final resting place” for his ancestors.
Members of other Indigenous groups far from Thacker Pass have expressed support for McKinney and the opponents of the mine. To raise awareness, activists from around the U.S. ran, biked, rode horses and drove 2,600 miles from Nevada to New York.
Join us at Peehee Mu’huh for updates, camping, food, and visiting! Come spend the day or the weekend with us.
If you are camping, please be self sufficient. Event will take place on Saturday from 12-3pm. Lunch will be provided on Saturday at 12:30pm. Please come to Peehee Mu’huh in a good way. Stand in solidarity to protect sacred land and resources from being destroyed by Lithium Nevada.
Where: Peehee Mu’huh (Thacker Pass)
When: Saturday, April 30, 12-3PM
Some will tell you that we must mine our way out of the climate crisis. They will tell you that places like Thacker Pass must be sacrificed. But those of us who trace our ancestry to this place, and still rely on its resources for our way of life, reject that idea. Yes, we must act to address the urgent challenge of climate change, for ours and future generations. But we must do so without replacing dirty oil with dirty mining that desecrates the cultural resources and sacred sites of Indigenous peoples.
Lithium mining at Thacker Pass will take advantage of already impacted tribal communities and strip them of their cultural history. Do not tell us that this is the cost of progress. We are not prepared to sacrifice our burial grounds, or the places where we still hunt, fish and gather food.
Read the rest here at the Reno-Gazette Journal