Friday, August 28, 2009

Mount Rushmore: Anniversary of Occupation

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Native Americans to gather in Keystone, South Dakota to Commemorate the 39th Year Anniversary of the Historic Invasion and Occupation of the ''National Shrine of Democracy' Mount Rushmore and to bring awareness to the importance of Protecting our Mother Earth & Demand Clemency For Leonard Peltier.
What: Gathering to Reclaim Sacred Sites & Freedom For Leonard Peltier When: Saturday August 29th, 10:00am to 3:00pm Where: Amphitheater, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater, Keystone South Dakota Sponsors: United Americans Inc.(U.N.A)

August 29, 2009 marks the 39th anniversary of the historic Mount Rushmore Occupation of 1970. Native Americans representing groups from around the Country will gather to Demand President Obama to Return All Stolen Lands to the Indigenous People's of Turtle Island and To Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier after Over 33 Year's of Wrongful Incarceration. Our Mother Earth is a precious resource that has been and continues to be desecrated and abused for money and greed. Action must be taken NOW to save what few sacred sites indigenous people still have and return land that has been Illegally taken by the United States of America.
On August 29th 1970, a small group of young Indians invaded Mount Rushmore, the so-called ’national shrine of democracy' The invasion brought together Indians form different tribes and reservations who converged to help the Sioux Nation in their efforts to reclaim the sacred Black Hills and to force the Federal Government to be held accountable for the illegal taking of their Lands. At 7pm on August 29th, after eluding authorities, the group of young natives reached the top of the mountain near the four faces of the presidents where they hung a large flag with the words: SIOUX INDIAN POWER. The Paha Sapa-The Black Hills-is a sacred place for all Sioux People. It is where all Sioux life began,where our creation stories originate from 'The heart of everything that is'

United Native Americans is sponsoring the gathering and demanding that all sacred sites across turtle island be returned to the First Nations People of America, that The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 be Recognized and Honored by The United States of America. U.S. Courts have recognized the illegality of these actions and offer modest payments, but the Sioux Nation Remains determined to get the Black Hills Returned to Tribal Communities & To Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier.

UNA inc. calls for President Obama to lead us into the future with an environment that is safe to live in with out having to wear a mask to step out side or to be fearful of the water we drink that pours out of our faucets. We call on the EPA to step up and stop the mass consumption of our natural resources for there will be No future for our mother earth….NO future for our children!

Climate scientists have clearly stated that we need to reduce our emissions by 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80-95% by 2050. If we do less than that, we risk crossing a tipping point that will bring about the worst impacts of global warming — devastating floods, droughts, wildfires, and storms.
Unfortunately, the House of Representatives recently passed a climate bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), that sets targets far below those mandated by science — largely because the fossil fuels industries were allowed a huge amount of influence in revising the legislation. The bill is so weak that it may actually spur a new generation of dirty coal and dangerous nuclear plants
Source: Eco Factory

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