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(en) Nevada activists take mock nuclear waste to nuke dump on indian reservation

From Ilan Shalif <gshalif@netvision.net.il>
Date Sat, 21 Feb 1998 12:54:59 +0200



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From: shundahai@radix.net E-NEWS: PART 2
Roundup not Imminent, but Threats to Western Shoshone Livestock
Continue The 2nd Annual Nuclear Free Newe Sogobia Indigenous Peoples
Gathering at  Yucca Mountain, March 27-29, 1998 U.S. Nuclear weapons
1998 budget International Leaders call for nuclear abolition
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NEVADA ACTIVISTS TAKE MOCK NUCLEAR WASTE CASK AND EDUCATIONAL ROADSHOW

TO UTAH IN SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL NATIVE LED COALITION OPPOSED TO NUKE
DUMP ON GOSHUTE INDIAN RESERVATION

Shundahai Network, Citizen Alert, Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force and
Healing Global Wounds joined a National Coalition led by Native
activists and organizations for a series of events to support Goshute
resistance to the placement of a nuclear waste storage facility at
their Skull Valley Reservation, 60 miles from Salt Lake City. The
facility would be the result of negotiations between Private Fuel
Storage Limited Liability Company (PFS), a group of
commercial utilities which own nuclear power plants, and the tribe's
non-elected officers with no input from other tribal members.

Ohngo Gaudadeh Devia, an organization of Goshute tribal members
opposing
the placement of the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) nuclear waste

storage unit on reservation invited supporters from around the
country to join them during the first Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC)
hearing on the licensing of the "temporary" facility at the University
of
Utah January 26-28.

The hearing began on Monday, January 26 with a closed NRC tour of the
reservation site where they were surprised to be greeted by Citizen
Alert's
life sized mock nuclear waste cask and a contingent of native peoples,

other supporters and TV crews. The protesters trailed the NRC bus and
interacted with the commission members at different stops on the
reservation. A prayer ceremony led by Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone
Spiritual Leader, was held outside of the Tribal Center where the tour
had
lunch. Native singers and drummers vocally communicated their
commitment to
defending the Earth to those inside.

On Tuesday, January 27, (47th anniversary of the first atomic bomb
test (Able)
in Nevada and the resulting environmental and health disaster as
radiation
fallout blanketed all points east, beginning with the State of Utah.)
a
Press Conference and demonstration was held on the steps of the Utah
State
Capital. Once again the mock nuclear waste cask provided a dynamic
backdrop
to the speakers and street theater.

The community of Goshute resisters and their supporters then moved to
the
University of Utah where a vigil was held each day of the NRC hearings

during which testimony was heard from the State of Utah, the nuclear
industries applying for the licence, the Goshute Tribal Council, and a

select representation from opposition groups.

"If a nuclear storage facility is built on our reservation, I do not
believe it will be temporary - it will be permanent," states Margene
Bullcreek, Goshute tribal member and reservation resident. "If there
are
leaks in the facility, nuclear waste will pollute our air and water.
It
will destroy our people."

The Nevada groups which participated in these events spread the
message
that the public, not the profiteers, must decide what risks are
acceptable
and national policies must be developed by the people and communities
that will be affected.

"They say they want to store this nuclear waste in Utah and then move
it
to Yucca Mountain or the Nevada Test Site. These are lands sacred to
the
Western Shoshone and we will never let that happen." said Corbin
Harney,
Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader and Executive Director of Shundahai
Network. "We are going to say to the people of Utah 'If you allow this

nuclear dump to open, then you will have to keep it forever,'" Corbin
will lead a Ceremony of Unity and Strength on the reservation and
attend the
NRC hearings with other Native leaders.

"The problem of nuclear waste cannot be solved while every day this
country produces over six metric tons of new nuclear waste, " said
Reinard
Knutsen of the Shundahai Network.  "Storing nuclear waste in Utah is
not a
solution and neither is the Yucca Mountain site, they are both just
places
thousands of miles away from the production of the problem. Until we
stop
waste production and move to renewable energy sources we will always
have a
nuclear waste problem. Shundahai Network is honored to work with the
Native leadership in stopping nuclear waste dumping."

Meanwhile almost daily reports of transportation accidents, leaks and
other contamination involving nuclear materials and waste are bringing
an
increased public awareness to the issues.

"The people know this is bad for them," said Corbin Harney. "We just
have to come together and let the government and the nuclear
industries know
that, we will not allow them to ship nuclear waste throughout the
country to Utah or to Nevada. We must and we will stop them. But it is

going to take all of us United."

For More information about resistance to the proposed Skull Valley
nuclear
waste dump please contact:

Margene Bullcreek, Ohngo Gaudadeh Devia (801) 831-5614,
Brian Meechem  Utah Peace Test (801) 596-1905
Steve Erickson, Downwinders (801) 359-4929

For more web information about the Skull Valley Nuclear Waste Struggle

Honor the Earth Skull Valley Support Site
http://www.honorearth.com/issuessuport.html#skull and
http://www.honorearth.com/skull.html

Native Environmental Coalition ONA web site:
http://www.alphacdc.com/necona/skulnews.html and
http://www.alphacdc.com/necona/skull-vy.html

January 17, 1997 Press Release
http://www.honorearth.com/skullarticle2.html

Waste Negotiator Finds Host Community
http://nuc.berkeley.edu/cnwm/cit/WM94N0002
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Roundup not Imminent, but Threats to Western Shoshone Livestock
Continue
>From the Western Shoshone Defense Project
Editors note: This morning there was a story in the Las Vegas paper
that
said the BLM had issued a five day notice to the Dann's and that their

livestock could be confiscated any time after that. Please call the
Western
Shoshone Defense project at the # listed below for more details.

"The Bureau of Land Management is again in the business of harassment
and
intimidation of Western Shoshone people.  They know when people are
just
trying to make some sort of living off the land, yet here comes the
Great
White Father - causing pain, emotional stress, duress, inflicting
fear."
- Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and long-time land rights
activist

As the US federal government has tried to deny Western Shoshone people
the
right to their homelands, grazing rights have been a pivotal issue in
the
struggle for Western Shoshone land rights.  Now, the situation is
intensifying as the BLM has again escalated the harassment of Western
Shoshone grazing their herds on unrecognized Western Shoshone lands.

Recent Events in the Wells, South Fork, and Odgers Ranch Communities:

On October 10, 1997, Western Shoshone in Wells, South Fork, and
Odgers Ranch received a "Notice of Intent to Impound" (NOI) their
"unauthorized" livestock on disputed lands in Northeastern Nevada.
The
Wells, South Fork, and Odgers Ranch grazers had already brought their
livestock off the range for the winter by the time the NOI was issued,
so
these ranchers' livelihood is not immediately at risk.  However such
notice
is considered valid for one year, and the BLM may attempt a round-up
in
Spring, when the cattle are again released for grazing.

Threats against the Dann family in Crescent Valley:

Mary and Carrie Dann, whose livestock the BLM twice tried to impound
in
1992, have not received an NOI for more than three years.  Last
November,
however, the new Nevada State BLM director Robert Abbey paid a visit
to
their ranch in Crescent Valley, NV.  He threatened to confiscate the
animals
on the Dann's traditional use area, if Carrie and Mary Dann continued
to
"trespass" on so-called public lands without a BLM permit.  Then, at
the
beginning of January, the Danns heard rumors that the BLM was planning
a
surprise round-up of the livestock around the Dann Ranch.
        So far, though, the BLM has taken no further action towards
confiscating the Dann's livestock.  Conversations and correspondence
with
BLM officials have led us to believe that they will serve the Dann
family a
new Trespass Notice, and publish an NOI before attempting to
confiscate the
livestock on their lands.  These would give the Danns at least 35 days

warning before any BLM action.
        However, the BLM has partially denied a Freedom of Information
Act
request by the Western Shoshone Defense Project for documents
pertaining to
the potential confiscation of Western Shoshone livestock in Crescent
Valley.
The BLM released documentation of events we had been involved with,
but
nothing more.  They claimed that some of these other documents reflect
staff
opinions, or "could reasonably be expected to interfere with
enforcement
proceedings." This foot-dragging response exemplifies the BLM's
avoidance of
public scrutiny for their actions, and will be appealed.
        In response to a supporter's letter about the threat of
confiscation, Mr. Abbey writes: "Ms. Helen Hankins, Elko District
Manager,
has tried for more than three years to reach a compromise with the
Danns
over the present trespass and the illegal occupation on BLM-managed
land in
Crescent Valley."  Indeed, in 1995, the Dann sisters, the Western
Shoshone
National Council, and Ms. Hankins sat down together in an effort to
reach an
agreement for joint-management of  the disputed lands - based on the
fact
that the land title is disputed.  It was the BLM, not the Western
Shoshone,
who backed out of this negotiation process.  Talks have reached an
impasse
because the BLM, like Mr. Abbey in his letter, equates "compromise"
with
"comply[ing] with federal grazing regulations."  The Danns and the
Western
Shoshone National Council remain willing to engage the BLM in real
negotiations - though Mr. Abbey misleadingly implies otherwise, in his

attempts to justify the BLM's position.

What You Can Do:
"It is important to remember that the BLM is responsible for carrying
out
the federal laws put in place by the people of the United States, and
we do
not take any legal action arbitrarily or capriciously." - Robert
Abbey,
Nevada State Director for the BLM (emphasis added)

     The WSDP would like to extend a warm thank you to all those who
responded to our previous alerts.  Calls and letters have flooded the
offices of local, state, and federal officials, asking that the BLM
respect
the Treaty of Ruby Valley, and leave traditional Western Shoshone
cattle-grazers in peace.  These actions show how many people actively
support Western Shoshone land rights, and are taking on the
responsibility
to make sure that the "laws put in place by the people of the United
States"
are equitable.
        We need to let the BLM, and their parent office in DC know the

public will not tolerate this injustice being committed in their name.

Please inform them of your willingness to stand up for the rights of
the
Western Shoshone, and to be sure that the US and the Western Shoshone
work
together towards a just resolution.

PLEASE WRITE OF CALL SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR BRUCE BABBIT, and send
copies
of letters to the following officials.  The WSDP would also appreciate

copies of your letters, as well as any responses.  Those who have
already
contacted officials, please contact them again, and assure them of
your
commitment to Western Shoshone rights - and please keep the WSDP
up-to-date
on your correspondence.
        We do not anticipate that non-violent resistance will be
necessary
in the immediate future.  However, people willing to assist the
Western
Shoshone if the need arises should contact the Western Shoshone
Defense
Project.

Please contact:
Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt
U.S. Department of Interior
18 and C St. NW
Washington D.C. 20240
ph: 202-208-7251

Please send copies to:
National BLM Director Patrick Shea
1849 C St. NW
Washington DC  20240
ph: 202-208-3801
fax: 202-208-5242
e-mail: pshea@wo.blm.gov

Nevada State BLM Director Robert Abbey
850 Harvard Way
Reno, Nevada 89502-2055
ph:702-785-6500
fax: 702-785-6601

Elko BLM District Manager Helen Hankins
3900 East Idaho St.
Elko, NV 89801
ph:  702-753-0200
fax:  702-753-0255

Western Shoshone Defense Project
PO Box 211106
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
ph: 702-468-0230
fax: 702-468-0237
e-mail:  wsdp@igc.org
Western Shoshone Defense Project
PO Box 211106
Crescent Valley, Nevada   89821
Ph: 702-468-0230    Fax: 702-468-0237
http://www.alphacdc.com/wsdp/ and
http://www.teleport.com/~amt/planetpeace/wsdp
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The 2nd Annual Nuclear Free Newe Sogobia Gathering
March 27-29,  Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Nuclear Free Newe Sogobia is an Indigenous Gathering to bring Native
Community people together to share information about past, current and

proposed nuclear activities within the Shoshone homelands; how these
activities impact our Native communities throughout the Great basin;
and
what we can do to stop the devastating impacts and deadly effects on
our
communities by the nuclear chain.

Speakers and workshops will cover the following issues: nuclear waste
storage at Yucca Mountain and transportation through Native
Communities,
subcritical nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site, health
impacts
from nuclear contamination, risk assessment of Native Communities; and

national/international overview of the nuclear industry's assault on
Indigenous peoples worldwide.

The Gathering is organized by and for Indigenous Peoples. Meals, water
and
sanitation facilities will be provided but please be prepared to camp.

Travel scholarships are available to Native community groups of more
then
four people traveling together. Scholarships are on a first come first

serve basis.

For more information please contact: Virginia Sanchez, Citizen Alert
native
American Program (702) 827-5511 or (702) 863-0258
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Nuclear Budget Up

by Marylia Kelley and Bob Schaeffer
from Tri-Valley CAREs' February 1998 newsletter, Citizen's Watch

Overall, the Dept. of Energy's (DOE) $18 billion budget request for
Fiscal
Year 1999, unveiled by Energy Secretary Federico Pena on February 2,
robs
legally-mandated environmental programs to fund radioactive pork.

The DOE's proposed budget is filled with dangerous weapons research
programs. For example, the so-called "Stockpile Stewardship and
Management"
account rose from $4 billion to $4.5 billion. (The annual average for
these
same nuclear weapons activities during the Cold War was $3.7 billion).

At the same time, a new DOE accounting structure masks the fact that
many
environmental programs are level-funded for FY '99, and slated for cut
back
in future years. In addition the budget contains millions for nuclear
reprocessing technologies, even though this activity is the major
source of
DOE's radioactive and toxic wastes.

Locally, at Livermore Lab, the DOE budget request is up 14%-to $1.02
billion-of which $900 million is earmarked for defense projects. This
constitutes the largest weapons budget for the Lab in recent memory.
Most
of the weapons increase is for the National Ignition Facility, whose
budget
request  rose (again) to $291 million for FY '99. This amount is $62
million more than NIF's current year funding, and accounts for
one-half of
the Lab's projected $124 million increase. An additional $46 million
of
that increase will be devoted to another part of the "Stockpile
Stewardship" program, called the Accelerated Strategic Computing
Initiative, or ASCI, to aid the weaponeers in modelling bomb
explosions in
virtual reality.
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INTERNATIONAL LEADERS CALLING FOR NUCLEAR ABOLITION
From: The Disarmament Clearinghouse

A statement calling for nuclear weapons abolition signed by 117
civilian leaders, including 47 past or present heads of state has been

released. Former President Jimmy Carter signed for the U.S. This is an

extremely useful tool for all of us working to draw public attention
to
the importance and urgency of nuclear weapons abolition.

The press conference which included a statement by General Butler and
Alan Cranston was covered by C-Span and National Public Radio.

The entire statement is also on the web site of the State of the World

Forum at: http://worldforum.org/about-newscont.html

Former President Mikhail Gorbachev held a news conference to release
this statement in Russia.
STATEMENT ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY INTERNATIONAL CIVILIAN LEADERS
February 2, 1998

        The end of the Cold War has wrought a profound transformation
of the
international political and security arena. Ideological confrontation
has been supplanted by burgeoning global relations across every field
of
human endeavor. There is intense alienation but also civilized
discourse. There is
acute hostility but also significant effort for peaceful resolution in

place of violence and bloodshed.
        Most importantly, the long-sought prospect of a world free of
the
apocalyptic threat of nuclear weapons is suddenly within reach. This
is
an extraordinary moment in the course of human affairs, a near
miraculous opportunity to realize that noble goal. But it is also
perishable: the specter of nuclear proliferation cannot be
indefinitely
contained. The urgent attention and best efforts of scholars and
statesmen must be brought to bear.
        Leader of the nuclear weapon states, and of the de facto
nuclear
nations, must keep the promise of nuclear disarmament enshrined in the

Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 and clarified and reaffirmed in the
1995 in the language codifying its indefinite extension. They must do
so
by commencing the systematic and progressive reduction and
marginalization of nuclear weapons, and by declaring unambiguously
that their goal is ultimate abolition.
        Many military leaders of many nations have warned that all
nations
would be more secure in a world free of nuclear weapons. Immediate and

practical steps toward this objective have been arrayed in a host of
compelling studies, most notably in the Report of the Canberra
Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Among these
proposals,
we, the undersigned, fully subscribe to the following measures:

1. Remove nuclear weapons from alert status, separate them from their
delivery vehicles, and place them in secure national storage.

2. Halt production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons.

3. End nuclear testing, pending entry into force of the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty.

4. Launch immediate U.S.-Russian negotiations toward further, deep
reductions of their nuclear arsenals, irrespective of START II
ratification.

5. Unequivocal commitment by the other declared and undeclared nuclear

weapon states to join the reduction process on a proportional basis at

the U.S. and Russia approach their arsenal levels, within an
international system of inspection, verification, and safeguards.

6. Develop a plan for eventual implementation, achievement and
enforcement of the distant but final goal of elimination.

The foregoing six steps should be undertaken immediately.

        The following additional steps should be carefully considered,
to
determine whether they are presently appropriate and feasible:

* Repatriate nuclear weapons deployed outside of sovereign territory.

* Commit to No First-Use of nuclear weapons.

* Ban production and possession of large, long-range ballistic
missiles.

* Account for all materials needed to produce nuclear weapons, and
place
them under international safeguards.

        The world is not condemned to live forever with threats of
nuclear
conflict, or the anxious, fragile peace imposed by nuclear deterrence.

Such threat are intolerable and such a peace unworthy. The sheer
destructiveness of nuclear weapons invokes a moral imperative for
their
elimination. That is our mandate. Let us begin.
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FROM: Disarmament Clearinghouse
         1101 14th Street NW #700
         Washington, DC 20005
         TEL: 202 898 0150 ext. 232
         FAX: 202 898 0172
         <disarmament@igc.org>
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                   SHUNDAHAI NETWORK
          "Peace and Harmony with all Creation"
              *Breaking the Nuclear Chain*

         5007 Elmhurst Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89108-1304
ph(702)647-3095 Fax: (702)647-9385  Email: shundahai@radix.net
                   http://www.shundahai.org
        Shundahai Network is proud to be part of:
Healing Global Wounds Alliance, a multi-cultural alliance to
foster sustainable living and break the nuclear chain; and
Abolition 2000: A Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

HEALING GLOBAL WOUNDS SPRING GATHERING and NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
                Nevada Test Site, April 10-13
                http://www.shundahai.org/HGW

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