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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:03 PM
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US found guilty of violating Shoshone human rights
Friday, March 10, 2006
by Spero News

Bernice Lalo says the Shoshone Nation is being "threatened by extinction." But a landmark decision Friday by a UN committee is causing some Western Shoshone's to have hope,

The United States was urged to "freeze", "desist" and "stop" actions being taken or threatened to be taken against the Western Shoshone Peoples of the Western Shoshone Nation, in a Friday decision by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The U.S. has until July 15, 2006 to provide the UN committee with information on the action it had taken.

This action challenges the US government's assertion of federal ownership of nearly 90 percent of Western Shoshone lands.

"The mines are polluting our waters, destroying hot springs and exploding sacred mountains-our burials along with them--attempting to erase our signature on the land," says Lalo. "We are coerced and threatened by mining and Federal agencies when we seek to continue spiritual prayers for traditional food or medicine on Shoshone land."

more...

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=3...

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:09 PM
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1. As if this will make much difference. :(
The US will not stop stealing land, destroying land, and destroying native american peoples until we are forced to. But I don't see any way for that to happen.

Until then, the Native American nations are stuck hoping for honesty and integrity from the US, which just ain't gonna happen.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:17 PM
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3. I know these people, they've worked hard to get this far while
most of us just sit and complain at our keyboards. Please honor their efforts with respect. These are people who really have nothing but their small ranch and their dignity.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:49 PM
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7. I have a lot of respect for their effort.
I'm just cynical about what the end results will be.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:10 PM
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2. Good for the Shoshone!
the whole issue is a travesty...
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 PM
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4. I can not believe what is being done in our name
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 PM by MissWaverly
We continue to destroy what we have no right to, we remain ignorant and contemptious of
others, while we seek the almighty dollar. Once we have destroyed their land, we will be
out of there, and they will be left with the cost and the heartache. How despicable, I
will pray for justice for these people.
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stubtoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 PM
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5. Here's a shout out of support for the Shoshone Nation
from me!
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:33 PM
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6. Thanks NVMojo
I shall run this story on my Native Unity Digest. Native Americans are taking steps every day to better themselves and they are suceeding in spite of the actions of jerks like Jack Abraomoff.

My goal this year is to "Get Out the Native Vote" for the '06 election. Most Indians consider themselves to be Democrats and their vote is important.
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Bushfire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:26 PM
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15. I'll second that notion that most are democrats
having worked with a large group of them over the years, I can quickly say I haven't found one to be a GOP supporter. Good for the Shoshone.

If only we can see the release of Leonard Peltier in the near future http://www.freepeltier.org /

I'll have to put some Bill Miller music tonight I think http://www.billmiller.net/
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:03 PM
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8. Good for the UN. It is time for some truth telling about US human rights
abuses. May the Shoshone prevail!
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:06 PM
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9. kick for human rights
:kick: :kick:
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Clara T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:20 PM
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10. Shundahai
Rec'd
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:25 PM
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11. The US has never honored a single treaty with Native Americans. n/t
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ismnotwasm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:55 PM
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12. I'm glad they've gained a bit
This has been a long fight, with no end in sight
http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ymp/index.shtml
http://www.wsdp.org /
Thank you for posting this...
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:56 PM
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13. Wow! I remember when they petitiioned the UN
and I honestly didn't even expect the UN to take it up, I didnt' realize they did.

This is great news, at least as a start.
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:22 PM
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14. Genocide is as American as baseball and apple pie
Kick for the Shoshone
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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:13 PM
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16. Kick for my Native American great-grandmother!
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:20 PM
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17. Western Shoshone Victorious at United Nations
2006-03-10 | U.S. Found in Violation of Human Rights of Native Americans Urged to Take Immediate Action

Geneva Switzerland.

Today, in an historic and strongly worded decision by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) the United States was urged to freeze, desist and stop actions being taken or threatened to be taken against the Western Shoshone Peoples of the Western Shoshone Nation. In its decision, CERD stressed the nature and urgency of the Shoshone situation informing the U.S. that it goes well beyond the normal reporting process and warrants immediate attention under the Committees Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure.

This monumental action challenges the US governments assertion of federal ownership of nearly 90% of Western Shoshone lands. The land base covers approximately 60 million acres, stretching across what is now referred to as the states of Nevada, Idaho, Utah and California. Western Shoshone rights to the land - which they continue to use, care for, and occupy today - were recognized by the United States in 1863 by the Treaty of Ruby Valley. The U.S. now claims these same lands as public or federal lands through an agency process and has denied Western Shoshone fair access to U.S. courts through that same process. The land base has been and continues to be used by the United States for military testing, open pit cyanide heap leach gold mining and nuclear waste disposal planning. The U.S. has engaged in military style seizures of Shoshone livestock, trespass fines in the millions of dollars and ongoing armed surveillance of Western Shoshone who continue to assert their original and treaty rights.

Based upon these actions and a dramatic escalation of new actions threatening irreparable harm to Western Shoshone and their environment, last year, with the support of the Univ. of Arizona Indigenous Law and Policy Program, the Western Shoshone filed a renewed legal action at the United Nations CERD. In addition to evidence of the United States conduct, the Western Shoshone delegation also delivered over 13,000 signatures from citizens across the United States of America supporting the Western Shoshone action to CERD. This petition was a result of a campaign organized by the rights-based development organization Oxfam America to demonstrate the widespread concern for the Western Shoshone peoples to the United Nations.

CERD rejected the U.S. argument that the situation was not novel and therefore should wait to be reviewed until the U.S. submits its Periodic Report past due since 2003. The Committee informed the U.S. that lthough these are indeed long-standing issuesthey warrant immediate and effective action should be dealt with as a matter of priority. The United States was urged to pay particular attention to the right to health and cultural rights of the Western Shoshonewhich may be infringed upon by activities threatening their environment and/or disregarding the spiritual and cultural significance they give to their ancestral lands. <snip>

http://www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=2184&blz=1
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fshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:54 PM
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18. Hey! That's an American tradition.
Find one tribe who hasn't been "threatened by extinction" or has not already been extinct.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 02:52 AM
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19. Hope I hope this effort to push the monsters back succeeds.
Edited on Sat Mar-11-06 02:52 AM by Nothing Without Hope
Thank you for posting this. It is indeed a cause for hope.

K & R
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