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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, April 18, 2011

Glen Cove: Spiritual encampment threatened with removal

URGENT
Steve Presley of GVRD threatens spiritual encampment of removal tonight after agreements to meet tomorrow!***
Support Needed!

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 18, 2011
Contact: Morning Star Gali (510) 827 6719 * Mark Anquoe (415) 680 0110
Corrina Gould 510-575-8408 * Norman “Wounded Knee” Deocampo 707-373-7195  

MONDAY, April 18, 2011:
Steve Presley of GVRD threatens spiritual encampment of removal tonight after agreements to meet tomorrow!


* Native Americans Continue Spiritual Ceremonies and Occupation of Burial Site
· * Dozens of local residents visit and express support for protecting the sacred land
· * GVRD’s Public Relations Fails to Mention Plans to Bulldoze Hill That Likely Contains Human Remains
· * Participants Conduct Glen Cove Beach Cleanup & Remove Graffiti on Abandoned Mansion
Press statement

Vallejo, California - The occupation of the ancient burial site at Glen Cove in Vallejo by Native Americans and supporters entered its fifth day on Monday, April 18, 2011 as dozens remain at the site to guard it against desecration by bulldozers.

On Sunday, Native Americans and their supporters conducted a cleanup of the beach at Glen Cove, and also painted over Nazi graffiti that the City had allowed to remain on the old Mansion at the site. Dozens of local residents visited the occupation over the weekend and expressed their support for protecting the burial site. Many expressed outrage that the City was wasting money fighting the Native Americans over this site when other City parks are dilapidated due to budget problems. Supporters brought food and supplies.

The Native Americans are highlighting the fact that public statements by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District in the last few days is very misleading, with GVRD representatives claiming they want to protect the burial site but failing to mention their plans to dig into a hill that likely contains human remains with bulldozers.

The U.S. Department of Justice met with the Native American leadership on Saturday to lay the groundwork for a possible mediation meeting with Greater Vallejo Recreation District on Monday or Tuesday.

The history and cultural value of the site has never been disputed. Native Americans continue to hold ceremonies at Sogorea Te just as they have for thousands of years. The Glen Cove Shell Mound spans fifteen acres along the Carquinez Strait. It is the final resting place of many Indigenous People dating back more than 3,500 years, and has served as a traditional meeting place for dozens of California Indian tribes. The site continues to be spiritually important to California tribes. The Glen Cove site is acknowledged by GVRD and the City to have many burials and to be an important cultural site, yet they are attempting to build a toilet and parking lot on this sacred site and to grade a hill that likely contains human remains and important cultural artifacts. SSP&RIT have asked GVRD to reconsider their plans to grade the hill and build toilets and a parking lot at the site.
Glen Cove is located near the intersection of South Regatta and Whitesides Drive in Vallejo. For more information and directions:

http://www.protectglencove.org/                                  

Navajo Anna Rondon: Fukushima wakeup call for human race

Navajo Anna Rondon on American Indian Airwaves
Fukushima is a wakeup call for the human race
Listen now to the April 12, 2011 program:
http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/xml/americanindian.xml
Navajo Anna Rondon describes the global movement to halt the destruction and death from nuclear power, from Indian country to Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Japan.
Rondon said the uranium mining cleanup has never occurred on Navajoland or in the Pueblos, yet President Obama is pushing new nuclear power plants.
Uranium mining has poisoned the water and killed the people since the beginning of uranium mining during the Cold War in Navajoland, the Pueblos and the Grand Canyon.
Rondon describes how Navajo children played in the radioactive runoff, and Navajos ate the radioactive food, and died.
Rondon describes US policy as a license to kill.
"The elected officials are bought and paid for, while the people are dying."
"As citizens we need to rise up."
Rondon said there is no "clean and green" nuclear energy, as President Obama claims. She said Obama should come to Navajoland and experience the reality from the families who have suffered and hear how their loved ones died.
Rondon, who was 11 years old when she was present at the occupation of Alcatraz, said the long and painful deaths of children, from Australia to Africa, continues as the corporate assassinators continue to kill with nuclear power and uranium mining.

VIDEO Glen Cove Occupation 2011

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Glen Cove Occupation Underway 2011: Protecting Sacred Place

Sacred Site Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSP&RIT)

Contact: Mark Anquoe (415) 680 0110   Morning Star Gali (510) 827 6719  Norman “Wounded Knee” Deocampo 707-373-7195   Corrina Gould 510-575-8408

150 Native Americans & Supporters Occupy Sacred Land at Glen Cove in Vallejo

Press statement
Vallejo, California (April 15, 2011) – 150 Native Americans and supporters have successfully occupied the ancient burial site at Glen Cove, Vallejo, preventing the Greater Vallejo Recreation District from beginning work that would desecrate the sacred site. Beginning with an early morning spiritual ceremony, protesters vowed to block bulldozers and prevent any work that would desecrate the site from taking place. The occupation will continue until there is an agreement to protect the burial site. Dozens of people will camp at the site tonight.

At 11:30 am today the protesters held a peaceful rally and ceremony at Vallejo City Hall and then marched to the offices of the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.

Last night the United States Department of Justice sent a senior conciliation specialist to Glen Cove to meet with Native American leaders. The Native Americans asked the DOJ to help facilitate a meeting with the GVRD to try to reach an agreement to protect the sacred burial site. It is possible a meeting between the sides, mediated by the US Department of Justice, may occur Monday.
The State Attorney General’s office has also become involved after the organization SSP&RIT filed an administrative civil rights complaint against the City and GVRD on Wednesday.

Native American activists and supporters have begun the occupation of Glen Cove as an escalation of their struggle that has been going on for over a decade, since the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) first proposed plans for a “fully featured public park” including construction of a paved parking lot, paved hiking trails, 1000 pound picnic tables and a public restroom on top of the 3500 year old burial site.

On Wednesday, April 13th, Sacred Site Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSP&RIT), a Vallejo-based community organization, filed an administrative civil rights complaint to the State of California alleging that the City and GVRD are discriminating on the basis of race in threatening to destroy and desecrate significant parts of the Glen Cove Shellmound and burial site, for harming Native Americans’ religious and spiritual well-being, and effectively excluding Native Americans from their right to full participation in decision-making regarding the site.

The history and cultural value of the site has never been disputed. Human remains have been consistently unearthed as the area around the site has been developed. Native Americans continue to hold ceremonies at Sogorea Te just as they have for thousands of years. The Glen Cove Shell Mound spans fifteen acres along the Carquinez Strait. It is the final resting place of many Indigenous People dating back more than 3,500 years, and has served as a traditional meeting place for dozens of California Indian tribes. The site continues to be spiritually important to California tribes. The Glen Cove site is acknowledged by GVRD and the City to have many burials and to be an important cultural site, yet they are moving forward as early as Friday with plans to build a toilet and parking lot on this sacred site and to grade a hill that likely contains human remains and important cultural artifacts.

SSP&RIT have asked GVRD to reconsider their plans to grade the hill and build toilets and a parking lot at the site.

Glen Cove is located near the intersection of South Regatta and Whitesides Drive in Vallejo.

For more information and directions: www.protectglencove.org

Update Saturday: Occupation underway, visitors welcome
All who will stand with us in prayer are welcome. If you live near the Bay Area, please consider stopping by for a few hours, or a few days. Your presence will be very appreciated. Directions to Glen Cove can be found here. We will remain on site until an agreement is reached that protects the ancestors.
Current requests from the group: shade structures, tents, paper towels, banner/sign making supplies, rope, moist hand wipes, Bronners soap, honey, and most of all, more people to stand with us. We do not need any more bottled water!

To send a message to the group, just leave a comment on any of the articles of this website. We will print out these comments and post them at Glen Cove, for participants to read!