23
Mrz
2004

HOW TO KILL A NATION

U.S. Policy in Western Shoshone Country Since 1863

OAS Ruling calls for review of US policy re: indigenous lands and property right

GREETINGS FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE WESTERN SHOSHONE NATION

It is the religious belief of the Western Shoshone that the earth is most sacred, this includes everything in it, upon it and above it.

Therefore: it is the solemn duty of the Western Shoshone to protect Mother Earth from all forms of environmental destruction exemplified by open pit mining, atomic testing, storage of nuclear waste, all forms of military testing and the pollution of the ground, air and water. The continuing depletion and desecration of natural resources severely threatens the livelihood of generations of all life on Mother Earth.

In the beginning of time, Ah-peh (Father), created the human beings (Newe) now called Shoshone. The Shoshone lived upon Mother Earth according to the laws given to them by Ah-peh, in harmony with the world and it's creatures. Sciences of astronomy, medicine, agriculture, and government were developed. We had extensive trade routes and large trade centers at a time prior to any kind of European human development. The ancient laws, our religion and culture were enjoyed unhindered with true freedom for many eons of time.

Our lands were greater than what history has attributed to us, and our people numbered in the tens of thousands.

Our first contact with non-Indian invaders was in 1680 and culminated in the first defeat for the Spanish in the new world . By the 1840's all Spanish incursions into Shoshone territory had been expelled. During this time other major world powers were vying for our territory: Russia, Great Britain, France, Canada, and the United States.

We steadfastly maintained our sovereign territorial integrity through 250 years of warfare, which led to the expulsion of all foreign powers and ending our conflict with the United States by means of the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, a "Treaty of Peace and Friendship."

Disregarding Western Shoshone traditional land use, the United States immediately encouraged its citizens to enter our territory and claim all lands. We, trying earnestly to live up to the Treaty, have faced every form of adversity, degradation, and misery known to mankind. To this day we have kept our word and have never violated the Treaty of Ruby Valley.

From time immemorial, the Western Shoshone National Council is the traditional legal government of the Western Shoshone Nation. Today's Council, as in the past, remains dedicated to the protection of the Western Shoshone and their fundamental rights as an independent nation and as a separate and distinct people.

Read further under:

http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/shoshone/pamphlet.html
http://indiancountry.com/?1079711504
http://environment.unlv.edu/thesis/dec2000/zabarte.htm
http://www.lifeinfo.de/inh2./texte2/UN_Study_On_Treaties.PDF


Informant: Sally Light


This an important message from Ian Zabarte, Secretary of State of the Western Shoshone National Council, concerning a ruling by the OAS on the US' government's calling for a review of US policy re: indigenous lands and property rights. The US is trying to prevent this international ruling from being known.

Mr. Ian Zabarte
P.O. Box 210, Indian Springs, NV 89018

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