Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 4, 2021

Paiute Shoshone Filmmaker Myron Dewey killed in car wreck after broadcasting live from Yomba bombing range

Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey killed in car collision

The kill switch and the bombing range: Myron Dewey's livestream and the Wikileaks exposures

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Sept. 27, 2021
Updated Oct. 5, 2021
French translation by Christine Prat

While Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey livestreamed from the bombing range of his childhood homeland in Yomba, in the Nevada desert on Saturday, September 25 -- the day before he died in a car collision on Sunday -- people around the world were reading of another exposure of the military in the Nevada desert.

It was the fact that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was targeted for kidnapping, and possibly assassination, by the CIA. Wikileaks exposed the fact that drone pilots at Creech Airforce Base in the Nevada desert had their fingers on the kill trigger, and were assassinating people around the world, without trial or jury, including children and news reporters, in reckless assassinations based on failed military intelligence.

Meanwhile, Myron was exposing the destruction from the Navy's bombing range in his homeland. In the ancestral land of the Paiute and Shoshone, in what is today known as Nevada, there are the scars, the poisons, the death trail, of the Nuclear Test Site, widespread radiation and cancer, and the reckless bombing practices and military games destroying sacred places.

In much the same way that the United States government protected the Dakota Access Pipeline -- where Myron provided drone surveillance of the corporate assault on the water and Water Protectors -- the U.S. government carries out its ongoing genocide with its bombing games and kill triggers in the ancestral land of Paiute and Shoshone in the Nevada desert.

Myron was speaking out against lithium mining

Myron points out in his livestream on Saturday that lithium mining is targeting northern Nevada on ancestral sacred land at Thacker Pass.

A second lithium mining company secured Bureau of Land Management land near Tonopah, Nevada. This was announced on Friday before Myron's death on Sunday.

Head-on collision on rural dirt road in central Nevada desert

On Thursday, Nye County Sheriff Administrative Technician Julie Nicholson told Censored News that it was a head-on collision on Ione Road, a dirt road, seven miles north of State Road 844. She said the collision was on county land, and not tribal land.

The collision was at 11:12 am on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

Nicholson said the other driver was transported to Renown Health. She did not know the extent of his injuries.

Nicholson said the case is not complete at this time, and other information is not yet available. The Nevada Highway Patrol website says accident reports take 7 to 14 days.

Google Map: Ione Road and Nevada 844
Screenshot Censored News

Traditional Cry Dance Ceremony on Friday   

A Cry Dance Ceremony will be held Friday night, Oct. 1, beginning at 6 pm, on Walker River Paiute at Schurz, Nevada. The funeral will be on Saturday at Walker River Paiute gym. There will be a Water Protector escort to the cemetery. 

The Associated Press article is a tribute to Myron's work at Standing Rock

Myron's dedication and work at Standing Rock as a Water Protector, journalist, and drone operator, is described in Sam Metz' article at The Associated Press. The AP article now appears in media throughout the country, including USA Today and Los Angeles Times.

"Dewey won acclaim for his live footage of the 2016 demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. His visuals of Native Americans being sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather were viewed by hundreds of thousands after appearing online and in the news," Metz reports for AP.

"He was able to show a perspective and viewpoint that was simply being ignored because of the systemic oppression our people have encountered as long as we've been here," said Dewey's cousin Lance West. "It was his story to tell, and only someone like him could share it in a manner that really spoke to us."

During his live stream on Saturday, Myron spoke to future generations.

Myron Dewey 'Surviving Genocide'

Paiute Shoshone filmmaker Myron Dewey was killed in a car crash on Sunday morning after broadcasting live from the Yomba bombing range on Saturday. Myron, Walker River Paiute and founder of Digital Smoke Signals, provided drone surveillance during the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline by Water Protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Myron is co-director of the film 'Awake.'

Digital Smoke Signals said on Sunday, "We are in receipt of the devastating news that the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, Myron Dewey, has progressed on and is now on his journey to the Spirit World."

Broadcasting live on Saturday at the Yomba bombing range, Myron described the military industrial complex that he grew up with in the Nevada desert. With a message to his future grandchildren, he said, "I am a witness, this is what we survived."

The drone kill switch and the live broadcast in the Nevada desert

In the Nevada desert, at Creech Airforce Base drone pilots pull the switch and assassinate people around the world. Wikileaks exposed these remote trigger assassinations in the leaked videos, "Collateral Murder."

On Saturday, Yahoo News exposed the CIA's plan to kidnap Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The CIA also discussed ways to assassinate Assange. The exposure of the U.S. drone assassinations made Assange a target. 

On the same day, Saturday, Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey broadcast live video from the desert around the Fallon Range Training Complex, the Navy's bombing range, in Yomba.

The bombing range, east of Reno in central Nevada, is used by the Navy Seals for bombing, ground maneuvers and electronic warfare, according to the U.S. Navy.

Although expansion is now being pushed, Native people are opposed to the massive bombing range expansion. Mryon and Native leaders in the region have been speaking out and battling the expansion.

Returning to his childhood homeland at Yomba on Saturday, Myron said live on social media during the video, "This is what we grew up around, the military industrial complex."

Myron said the military was flying over sacred places. Describing the destruction of the sacred here, he said both mining and the bombing ranges have caused desecration of sacred places.

Myron said when he hears, "Thank you for your service," another image comes to mind: "Killing, rape, genocide."

"I am a survivor of a mass genocide across the United States."

Pointing out that genocide is being carried out around the world, he said, "In Nevada it is still fresh."

At Standing Rock, Myron and the Water Protectors also witnessed an Avenger missile launcher. On Saturday, now five years after Standing Rock, in the Nevada desert at the bombing range, Dewey filmed this Avenger, and pointed out that it is protecting communication equipment.

Above: Myron Dewey video of Avenger at Yomba on Saturday.
Below: Avenger missile launcher at Standing Rock during DAPL resistance.

Myron said this video is to warn his grandchildren of this corporate greed, and the greed that demands power and military force.

Speaking on climate change, he said there were not enough pine nuts to feed the people during ceremony this year.

Myron also speaks in the video of the green-washing and the lithium mining now targeting Nevada, and the need to protect and defend the land and water.

"Take a breath," he said, "Take a moment and appreciate what you have."

Digital Smoke Signals team member, Karena Acree-Páez, wrote, "brother we just spoke yesterday and you reminded me again of why you are doing this work, and now you will be with the ancestors. I cannot thank you enough for everything you taught me and went through during Standing Rock, for all your many sacrifices both seen and unseen. Thank you for your example of courage and determination and love for the people. You taught me that we needed to bring media through indigenous eyes, and so many other precious things!!!

"You told me that because you saw so much violence as a child, that it motivated you to do historical trauma training with youth and tribes."

"I am at a loss for words. Now you are amongst the greats in the Spirit World. Love you forever, my brother Myron!!! See you on the other side. I will always remember you as you are pictured below, during Standing Rock. #NoDAPL Pesha u," Acree-Paez said.

Photo: Myron Dewey Facebook

Yahoo News: CIA planned to kidnapped Wikileaks founder, discussed assassinating him

Wikileaks 'Collateral Murder' Overview
'5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.'

Nevada fight over bombing range at Yomba
The Fallon Paiute Shoshone, Walker River Paiute and Yomba Shoshone tribes have all objected to various aspects of the bombing range expansion plan, fearing loss of land and damage to resources on the expanded bombing and training ranges.

Second lithium mining company secures BLM land near Tonopah, it was announced Friday.

Watch Myron's livestream video from the bombing range on Saturday is now on YouTube:

Below view on Facebook:

Duke University Center for Documentary Studies
Spring 2019 Lehman Brady Professor

Myron Dewey is a filmmaker, journalist, digital storyteller, and the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that aims to give a platform to indigenous voices in media. His drone footage of the Standing Rock movement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) marks him as one of the most important journalistic voices working on environmental and indigenous issues today. Through both Digital Smoke Signals and his own media work, Dewey seeks to bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and to indigenize media with core indigenous cultural values.

Dewey has received numerous awards for his journalism and media production, including the Michelle Moor Award for Community Journalism and the Man of the Year Award from Medicine Winds News. In 2018 he was given an Award of Merit by the University of Kansas Department of Film & Media Studies; he is a 2017 winner of the New York City Drone Film Festival in the category of News/Documentary for a short film monitoring North Dakota police at the NoDAPL protest site; and he co-directed the award-winning 2017 film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, which tells the story of the NoDAPL movement and the native-led peaceful resistance and fight for clean water, the environment, and the future of the planet.

Dewey has over twenty years experience working to bridge the digital divide in media and technology throughout Indian Country, both as an educator and technology expert building technology infrastructures. He began his career as a wildland firefighter and firefighting trainer at Haskell Indian Nations University and went on to work as a webmaster, technical trainer, and technical consultant at both Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas from 2000 to 2007. From 2009 to 2013 he taught computing, digital media, and mobile app programming at Northwest Indian College in Tulalip, Washington, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010. That year, he was accepted into the acclaimed Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) Ambassadors Program, where he expanded his projects to build technological equity for indigenous people.

The Nuclear Test Site: Shoshone the Most Bombed People on Earth

The Shoshone people never consented to the nuclear weapons testing. Nuclear testing is a violation of the peace treaty with the Shoshone, the Treaty of Ruby Valley, and the U.S. Constitution, Article 6 Section 2, the treaty supremacy clause.

Corbin Harney, PBS

About the author

Brenda Norrell has been a journalist in Indian country for 39 years. Norrell began reporting for the Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She also served as a correspondent for Associated Press and USA Today on the Navajo Nation and in federal courts. Her articles have appeared in Outside magazine and in media across the west.
After serving as a longtime staff news reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated in 2006. She created Censored News.
For 15 years, she has been blacklisted by the mainstream media.
During this time, she provided live coverage, including five months broadcasting live on the Longest Walk Talk Radio in 2008 with Govinda Dalton at Earthcycles. The live coast-to-coast broadcast included interviews with Paiute and Shoshone on the radio bus in Stillwater and Fallon, Nevada.
Norrell traveled with the Zapatistas in Mexico on journeys spanning more than a decade. She joined Bolivia President Evo Morales at his home community in the mountains of Bolivia during the Mother Earth gathering and Via Campesina at the UN Climate Summit in Cancun. She has provided news from the Arizona border and the west for the past two decades.
Today Censored News is a collective of writers, photographers, broadcasters, and global translators. Censored News has no ads, grants, revenues or salaries.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News. May not be used in any manner without permission.


Unknown said...

Losing Myron is a huge blow to indian country. Your are loved and missed our hearts are heavy. May the ancestors celebrate with your transition and your stories and teaching go on forever. You have shined a light that can never be put out.

Unknown said...

So sorry to hear the news, praying for his children and family.

Trish said...

During the sth Dakota pipeline saga, Myron Dewey was one of the reporters i regularly watched. I live half a world away but felt I knew him, such was his talent. This news has shocked me. A terrible loss to his people, and his aucience. My aroha to his family. Whakaoho me te rangimarie Myron.Travel safely.

Unknown said...

My condolences to his family 🙏🏽Thank you Myron for all your contributions to the indigenous people.

Shannon Rambeau said...

I grew up with Myron n he will be greatly missed. Myron lived everyday to the fullest n he was good to everyone. He stayed humble n educated so many of us on various subjects. I'm honored to have Myron as a relative n friend.

Unknown said...

So very sad.

SENAA Founder said...

Myron Dewey was a source of pride and received profound respect from every Indigenous Nation in North America, as well as the respect and gratitude of people worldwide. He was an innovator; but more than that he was an outstanding human being.

Thank you, Brenda, for this outstanding report, and for including important information that was part of Myron's message to the world and needs to be taken into account, not only when considering Myron's death, but also in understanding the Indigenous perspective. We, Indigenous People across the continent, have all had our versions of similar events; all with the same mindset at their core. So, thank you again, Brenda, for bringing these issues to light in connection with Indigenous People and the passing of Myron Dewey.

Myron will be missed; but just as important, he will be remembered with love and respect. I pray that we can all step up, as Indigenous People, and carry on the work that Myron was undertaking with the same bravery and commitment that Myron showed.

ArrogantContender said...

Do we know any more on who was in the other car?

The Donkey said...

May he rest in peace. It is on us to continue his work and protect the living things.

Unknown said...

You helped us see & to know truth. You helped us see Mother Earth as ourselves as well. You leave a legacy of love in and of Mother which is sacred of ourselves as her protectors. We will take forward your teachings and remain warriors in a good way.
A'ho my brother.

Mystic Dreamer said...

A huge loss and suspicious death.