OSM: Black Mesa ruling won’t affect water use

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WINDOW ROCK — The Office of Surface Mining says a pending decision on the Black Mesa Complex will have no effect on water use or coal production at areas authorized for mining.

In a letter sent to Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa the day after he, Navajo and Hopi tribal members and Black Mesa Water Coalition met with representatives of the federal agency in Denver, Brent Wahlquist, director of the agency, stated that use of Navajo-aquifer water associated with the Kayenta portion of the mining complex which supplies coal to Navajo Generating Station was approved in 1990 as part of issuing a permit for that portion of the mine.

The Black Mesa portion of the mining complex has been regulated since 1978 under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

http://www.gallupindependent.com/2008/12december/121308osm.html

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Archaeology : Archaeologists find lost city of ‘cloud people’ in Peru

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Archaeologists have discovered a lost city carved into the Andes Mountains in Peru by the mysterious Chachapoya tribe, which is also known as the ‘cloud people’.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the settlement covers some 12 acres and is perched on a mountainside in the remote Jamalca district of Utcubamba province in the northern jungles of Peru’s Amazon.

The buildings, found on the Pachallama peak, are in remarkably good condition, estimated to be over 1,000 years old and comprised of the traditional round stone houses built by the Chachapoya, the ‘Cloud Forest People’.

http://www.entertainmentandshowbiz.com/archaeology-archaeologists-find-lost-city-of-cloud-people-in-peru-200812136605

Tribal school closed because of contaminated water

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MACY, Neb. (AP) – School is out – again – for students in the Omaha Nation School District in Macy.

In fact, school superintendent Morris Bates says the school has been closed since the week of Thanksgiving because of contaminated water.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a boil order on Nov. 24 for the Macy water system following water line breaks in the system operated by the Omaha American Indian Tribe. Because E. coli bacteria was found in the water, water used for consumption and washing must be boiled.

http://www.kptm.com/Global/story.asp?S=9525975&nav=menu606_2

OSM: Black Mesa ruling won’t affect water use

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WINDOW ROCK — The Office of Surface Mining says a pending decision on the Black Mesa Complex will have no effect on water use or coal production at areas authorized for mining.

In a letter sent to Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa the day after he, Navajo and Hopi tribal members and Black Mesa Water Coalition met with representatives of the federal agency in Denver, Brent Wahlquist, director of the agency, stated that use of Navajo-aquifer water associated with the Kayenta portion of the mining complex which supplies coal to Navajo Generating Station was approved in 1990 as part of issuing a permit for that portion of the mine.

The Black Mesa portion of the mining complex has been regulated since 1978 under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

http://www.gallupindependent.com/2008/12december/121308osm.html

Barrick Gold Kills

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Barrick Gold Kills

Canadian company profiteering and killing around the world

LATE BREAKING NEWS: Thousands raid Barrick’s North Mara mine, destroy $15 million in equipment
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TANZANIA: In what appears to be a civilian movement against Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold miner, thousands of people invaded Barrick`s North Mara Gold Mine this week in Tarime District and destroyed equipment worth $15 million. One villager, identified as Mang’weina Mwita Mang’weina, died in the confrontation. (Earlier, a subsidiary Barrick purchased buried miners alive.)

Photo: Sheila, child in photo at right, is one of 258 people moved at gunpoint, by machine guns, to make way for the Geita Gold Mine. Photo from Someone Else’s Gold Exhibit
Killing of local boy at Barrick Gold Porgera mine creates crisis
PAPAU, NEW GUINEA: On the evening of July 22nd, Barrick security guards open fired on the local villages using high powered assault raffles, M16 and shot guns on the harmless villages. The reckless use of excessive force resulted in instant death of the late Gipson Umbi. In the last few weeks, three more locals have died under mysteries circumstances at the mine site.

WESTERN SHOSHONE: Barrick Gold is now destroying the region around Mount Tenabo, sacred mountain of the Western Shoshone
Barrick ripped the trees out by the roots and bulldzoned the region of the Western Shoshone’s sacred Mount Tenabo in December. President Bush, Sr., cleared the way for Barrick to seize Nevada lands for gold mining before leaving office, then went to work for Barrick as a senior advisor. Photo Barrick destroying Mount Tenabo by Lisa Wolf.

Indigenous leaders expose Barrick’s lies
Indigenous Leaders expose Barrick Gold’s lies at a press conference after Barrick’s Annual General Meeting in May of 2008.
“Your mine has destroyed our ancestral land, our sacred places, and our gardens, which we need to feed ourselves. You dump your mine waste directly into our river system contaminating 600 km of river all the way to the sea,” explained Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer of Akali Tange Association of Papau, New Guinea, in a speech aimed directly at Barrick’s head Peter Munk.
He continued, “Your security guards have been shooting and killing our people and raping, even gang-raping, our women with impunity for years now… When will Barrick agree to move the more than 5,000 families who live within your mine lease in a way that is fair and will provide us an opportunity to be healthy, to feed our families, and to educate our children?”
PHOTO (From left to right) Larson R Bill (Community Planner, Western Shoshone Defence Project, USA), Anga Atalu (Secratary, Porgera Land Owners Association, Papua New Guinea), Jethro Tulin (Executive Director, Akali Tange Association, Papua New Guinea), Mark Ekepa (Chairman, Porgera Land Owners Association, Papua New Guinea) and Neville Chappy Williams (Mooka/Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Lake Cowal, Australia). Photo: Allan Cedillo Lissner

Western Shoshone Spiritual Gathering, Mount Tenabo, Dec. 7, 2008

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Western Shoshone Spiritual Gathering, Mount Tenabo, Dec. 7, 2008


On Mount Tenabo at the spiritual gathering December 7, 2008. “This mountain is the landmark for the Western Shoshone Indians. In their native language Tenabo, which is pronounced as (dee-na-bo), means writing on the mountain. This mountain is the home to local Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal, food and ceremonial plants and items and continues to be used to this day by Shoshone for spiritual and cultural practices. Thank you for your interest in what we Native Americans be,”said a Western Shoshone grandmother. Photos Western Shoshone Defense Project.

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Petition to make clean water a human right

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The Article 31 petition is trying to get the UN to add a new article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one that recognizes a fundamental right to water. It comes from the people who made the amazing documentary on water rights, Flow. In 1948, the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were ratified by all the nations of the world. These 30 articles guaranteed a broad sweep of human rights across many human endeavors, from Life to Liberty to Freedom of Thought.

Now, sixty years later, recognizing that over a billion people across the planet lack access to clean and potable water and that millions die each year as a result, it is imperative to add one more article to this historic declaration, the Right to Water.

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/15/petition-to-make-cle.html