Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 21, 2012

Moapa Paiutes Healing Walk Earth Day 2012

Reid Gardner dirty coal fired
power plant
Media Advisory for: Monday April 16, 2012
Contact: Lynn Goya, Sierra Club, (702) 281-8686, / Elspeth Cordua, Sierra Club, (702) 732-7750,

Moapa Band of Paiutes and Sierra Club Unite in Three Day Cultural Healing Walk & Earth Day Rally
Tribe Walks to Protest Health Devastation Caused by Reid Gardner Coal Plant

Posted at Censored News

On Sunday, April 22, Earth Day, members of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, other Southwest Tribal Nations, Nevada residents, and members of the Sierra Club will gather outside the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, to conclude a 50-mile, three-day cultural healing march from the dirty Reid Gardner Power Plant.  The unprecedented cultural healing walk will include Tribal Members and supporters from throughout the Southwest, walking from the Paiute Reservation to Nevada’s power center for the U.S. government. The walk through Tribal Lands makes visible the damage the plant’s invisible coal particulates are doing to the Tribe’s health, culture and economy.

The first two days of the walk will be a private, ceremonial gathering of Tribal Nations to heal and reconnect with their ancient culture. On the third day, as the Nations conduct the final processional to the federal courthouse, the Sierra Club and other community groups will join in to rally for environmental and social justice and a transition from coal to clean, renewable Nevada-based energy.

The rally will begin with a traditional Tribal victory dance and song. Then, Tribal members will tell the stories of the health and social toll Reid Gardner has inflicted on elders, families and children.

The Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal lands abut the Reid Gardner plant, Southern Nevada’s last coal-burning power plant.  The Reid Gardner plant threatens the Moapa Band of Paiutes and nearby residents’ health by spewing life-threatening air pollutants that worsen asthma, allergies, sinus problems, ear infections, thyroid disease and heart disease.  The Reid Gardner toxic coal ash pits contain a toxic stew of carcinogens and neurotoxins that have affected the health of most of the residents of this tiny community through contamination of the air, land and groundwater.

Who: Moapa Band of Paiutes Chairman William Anderson, Tribal elders, members of the Sierra Club, and concerned Nevada residents.

What: Culmination of Cultural Healing Walk and Earth Day Rally
Walk: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (along Las Vegas Blvd.)
from Heritage Park, 890 Las Vegas Blvd N, to Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S,
Rally: 3 – 4 p.m. at Lloyd George Federal Courthouse

When:  Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Limited interviews and photo opportunities will be provided to select journalists along the Tribal Nations-only portion of the walk.  Call to request.

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