August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, February 22, 2020

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion.

Apache marching from San Carlos to Oak Flat, February 22, 2020.  Courtesy of Dwight Metzger.

By Robin Silver
Center for Biological Diversity

A new appraisal by Josephs Appraisal Group of Phoenix reveals the lands due to be traded for Oak Flat are valued at $7.135 million, dramatically less than the $112 billion worth of the copper alone that foreign mining companies hope to remove from more than a mile below Oak Flat.  In other words, the value of the copper a mile below Oak Flat alone is worth approximately 15,700 times more than the land the foreign mining companies hope to trade for the area.

ALERT! Cayuga buildings leveled overnight in Seneca Falls, New York

(Above) by Greg Cotterill, FL News Radio

Anne Tahamont said on Twitter: "Clint Halftown, NYSP tore down the Cayuga longhouse at Seneca Falls. This is a big deal happening within our confederacy."

In the News:

Claiming it was enforcing tribal law, the Cayuga Nation Council under the direction of Clint Halftown had its newly created police department raid properties in Seneca Falls early Saturday morning that had been under control of a group that disputes Halftown's authority.

In the process, at least seven people were temporarily detained and one person is facing charges. In addition, the council overnight demolished several buildings in the area — including a convenience store, daycare center, schoolhouse and sugar shack. Since 2014, those properties had been under control of a group of nation members or supporters that have referred to themselves as the nation's traditional government.

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Fear, shock spread through Cayuga Nation in Seneca Falls as properties leveled along 89

Published: 02/22/2020 @ 08:41 am | Updated: 02/22/2020 @ 11:10 am

At least part of the Cayuga Nation community is in shock after several buildings along State Route 89 in Seneca Falls were leveled.

The equipment and wrecking operation began around 2 a.m., according to those who witnessed it unfold.

Local residents were as stunned by the move as members of the CIN, but some context was provided by Lizzy Miller, a member of the community.

“Clint Halftown and his twisted Caygua Nation police are back at it again,” she wrote. “This time it’s worse than ever before and they brought in the feds. Overnight they destroyed all our communities' commercial properties. The store, the daycare, the schoolhouse, the sugar shack and other properties.”

She shared her disbelief in the fact that all of the Nation’s buildings, which were a source of employment for many members of the Nation were destroyed.
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