10
Nov
2004

Western Shoshone Nation Challenges Bush Administration

Relatives,

We invite all to come and show support for the long standing struggle of the Dann sisters of the Western Shoshone Nation. Please spread the word, ask others to attend the press conference in support. Tlazo, thanks.


TONATIERRA
Community Development Institute
PO Box 24009
Phoenix, AZ 85074


PRESS RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 254-5230, or (775) 397-1371


Indian Wars Continue in Nevada 2004

Western Shoshone Nation Calls Bush Administration Land Bill a Fraud

Phoenix, AZ – As open war rages in Fallujah, Iraq the home front faces an insurgency of its own, one where the Indigenous Nations stand with principles of spiritual nonviolence to assert their ancestral responsibilities as the true caretakers of the homeland. Western Shoshone Nation elder Carrie Dann will speak today at a press conference in Phoenix to address the violation of the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty between the United States and the Western Shoshone Nation. The issue was addressed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which in January of 2003 sentenced in a final report by the Commission that the United States claims to Western Shoshone land are illegal and contrary to international human rights law. The IACHR also concluded that the United States had used illegitimate means to assert ownership of the lands.

Said Carrie Dann, "It's disgraceful how the United States makes international statements about human rights and then commits this kind of assault in our own frontyard. It destroys their credibility and moral authority".

After an exhaustive review, the Commission concluded that the United States has been violating the human rights of the Western Shoshone, including the right to equality before the law, the right to judicial protection and due process, and the right to property. The ruling was highly critical of the Indian Claims Commission’s handling of the Dann Sisters’ case. It is the first time that the US has been formally found in violation of international human rights in its treatment of Indigenous Peoples within its border.

In attempt to silence the opposition by the Western Shoshone Nation to the theft and illegal mineral expropriation of Western Shoshone territories, third largest gold producing area in the world, the Bush administration has moved to silence the legitimate land claims of the Western Shoshone under the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty with a domestic monetary settlement which the Western Shoshone call a fraud and illegal act of aggression against the Western Shoshone Nation.

Press Conference

4:00 PM

NAHUACALLI
802 N. 7th Street, Phoenix



More information:
//www.wsdp.org/


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