Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 16, 2023

Live Fire and Electronic Warfare -- Myron Dewey Died Trying to Prevent It

Paitue Journalist Myron Dewey spent his final hours trying to prevent it. Now, President Biden and Congress have authorized the expansion of the Fallon bombing range. Bombing, live ground fire, and controversial electronic warfare will be expanded on Paiute Shoshone homelands.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Translation in French by Christine Prat

FALLON PAIUTE SHOSHONE LAND -- When Myron Dewey live streamed the day before his death from the Fallon bombing range, he was doing what he did best, what he had done at Standing Rock. But now, Myron was defending his homeland, the homeland of Wovoka, who like Myron, lived on Walker River Paiute land.

"Protect your spirits, because you are in a place where spirits get eaten," said John Trudell, whose wife and children died in a house fire in nearby Duck Valley while John was protesting the BIA in Washington.

Myron was opposing the expansion of the Fallon bombing range on Paiute Shoshone homelands, and the war machine in Nevada. Bombing, live combat fire, and electronic warfare are carried out here by the Navy Seals' special ops.

The Navy Seals' electronic warfare sites at Fallon are restricted. Electronic warfare includes directed energy, high-energy weapons using lasers, radio-frequency weapons, high-power microwave, electromagnetic pulse, and delivery of electromagnetic cyberspace attacks. Jammers used to deflect incoming missiles are part of military experiments.

"Genocide," was the word that Myron used in his final words as he live-streamed at the Fallon bombing range. The next day, a truck hit his car head-on, on an isolated dirt road near his family's home on Sept. 26, 2021, near Yomba, Nevada.

"Genocide," is the word Myron wanted his grandchildren to remember.

Electronic warfare can stop cars, military files show. Of course, if it can stop a missile, it can stop a car. High-frequency microwave and infrared are part of the Navy Seals bombing range at Fallon, Nevada.

On the day before he died, Myron live-streamed from there and opposed the bombing range expansion in this fragile land. At the same time, the Nevada Congressmen were pushing hard for the expansion, and the corporate warmakers were waiting in the wings. Biden signed the Defense spending bill two days before Christmas.

While most families were focused on the holidays in December, President Biden signed the Defense spending bill into law on December 23. It authorizes land for withdrawal to expand the Fallon bombing range, which Myron spent his last hours opposing.

The Defense spending bill authorizes the transfer of 872 additional square miles of public land for bombing and military use to the Naval Air Station Fallon, which is 65 miles east of Reno.

What is electronic warfare and what is it doing here?

The U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center is developing high-power microwave-directed-energy weapons.

"Unlike lasers, which the Navy also is investing in heavily, this emerging class of weapon systems uses bursts of microwave energy to disrupt or destroy the electronics inside various enemy systems, including drones, small boats, and missiles," reports The Drive.

It turns out, the energy experiments, which can stop a missile, could also stop a car.

Live Science reports, "The United States has deployed six 'electronic attack' aircraft to northern Europe, adding to its military forces in the region after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They are designed to overcome enemy air defenses by crippling the radar systems that they often depend upon, giving friendly aircraft a substantial combat advantage.

"The six fighter jets – EA-18G Growlers – are equipped to carry out a variety of missions, but they specialize in what's called electronic warfare – principally the jamming of enemy radar with a flood of radio-frequency waves to suppress air defenses, according to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby."

Myron's family still waits for justice. Nevada State Police and prosecutors waited nearly 10 months to reveal the results of the driver's blood test. Now, the driver, John Walsh, is charged.

Stillwater range. Photo by Friends of Nevada Wilderness

On the land, the plants, birds, and animals await another form of justice.

Former Fallon Paiute Shoshone Chairman Len George, opposing the expansion, said the Navy's target practice has already destroyed the place of origin at Fox Peak.

“We have long opposed the expansion because it would allow bombing on our ancestral lands and deprive the Tribe of access to areas that are essential to our culture and way of life," George said.

"The Navy has already destroyed our origin site at Fox Peak with its target practice, and bombed our most important medicine rock, which is now located in the Bravo-20 range. The expansion proposal deepens these wounds and threatens similar harms over hundreds of thousands of acres.”

Above: Myron Dewey's video of Avenger at the Fallon bombing range the day before his death.
Below: Avenger missile launcher photographed by Myron during the resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

War, and billion-dollar corporate contracts, are big business. Nevada Congressmen pushed for the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the expansion of the bombing range.

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei introduced the legislation in May of 2020, as the Northern Nevada Economic Development, Conservation, and Military Modernization Act of 220, H.R. 6889.

The Nevada delegation teamed up to expand the Fallon bombing range. The bill was pushed by Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in the Senate, and by Republican Mark Amodei in the House.

The payoff for corporations comes in the form of government contracts and involves the revolving door of lobbyists in Congress.

Northrop Grumman has provided Naval Airborne Electronic Warfare for more than 55 years to the U.S. Navy warfighter. In the air, Northrop Grumman electronic warfare systems are used to ensure that strike aircraft reach their target.

During Myron's final live stream from the bombing range, Myron also spoke out for the protection of the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass, now threatened with a lithium mine. In the weeks before his death, Myron delivered supplies to the land protectors camped at the site in northern Nevada.

Now, nearby, in Winnemucca, elderly and disabled Paiute and Shoshone have been evicted from their homes and are living in motels. Many are grandmothers raising their grandchildren.

They fear the evictions from their homes -- by a disputed tribal leader who lives out of state -- is so that a man camp, housing for lithium miners, can be built on the land where they have spent their lives.

Now, their vehicles are being towed, police prevent re-entry into their homes, and they fear demolition is coming.

Myron, like Wovoka, knew the people would rise again.

In December of 2016 at Standing Rock, Myron Dewey posted this photo, as Water Protectors were resisting Dakota Access Pipeline. Then, in February of 2022, The Intercept went to court and fought a costly court battle. A North Dakota State Judge says that 16,000 TigerSwan spy documents will be released to the public. Energy Transfer, Dakota Access Pipeline's owner, fought in court to keep the documents secret. At Standing Rock, Myron photographed the faces of security contractors and militarized law enforcement. Myron could have been called as a witness, as the court cases continue, including those where Water Protectors suffered critical injuries. The North Dakota regulatory board ruled that TigerSwan worked in the state at Standing Rock without a license. 

Myron Dewey posted this photo on Dec. 19, 2016 outside Morton County courthouse in 2016, where Water Protectors were charged, strip-searched, had numbers written on their arms with magic markers, imprisoned in dog cages in the basement, and denied their medicine. The violations were described by grandmother and Ponca councilwoman Casey Camp Horinek during her testimony to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica.

Defense Bill Includes Massive Military Land Grab in Nevada

Navy to Seize Control of Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Public Land

By the Center for Biological Diversity

RENO, Nevada (Dec. 7, 2022) — The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act released Tuesday night by the House Rules Committee contains provisions that would enable an enormous military land grab in Nevada.

Despite celebrations by the environmental justice community about the omission of Sen. Joe Manchin’s permitting reform deal from the bill, the must-pass legislation does include a long-sought-after expansion of Naval Air Station Fallon in central Nevada. This provision would allow the Navy to gain complete or partial control of more than 500,000 acres of public land for bombing ranges and military exercise areas.

The public lands of central Nevada that would be turned into a military training area feature towering snow-capped mountain ranges and broad, sagebrush-filled basins. They’re rich in wildlife, including desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, golden eagles and greater sage-grouse.

“This is a dark day for the public lands and wildlife of central Nevada,” said Patrick Donnelly, Great Basin director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “I’m outraged that Nevada’s senators are helping the military seize control of hundreds of thousands of acres of irreplaceable public land.”

The expansion would entail a significant increase in military airplane activity above Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, an essential stopover on the Pacific flyway and a Western Hemispheric shorebird reserve. The refuge is dense with bald eagles, tundra swans and shorebirds such as American avocets and long-billed dowitchers. The increased overflights will disturb the birds as they stop to rest on their long migrations.

The bill also includes a backdoor authorization for the Dixie Valley water grab, a proposed project that would suck water out of remote Dixie Valley and pipe it 50 miles to Fallon to fuel unsustainable growth. This project was recently cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a factor contributing to the endangered species listing of the Dixie Valley toad.

“Sen. Cortez Masto and Sen. Rosen have sold out Nevada’s public lands and wildlife,” said Donnelly. “They talk the talk about conservation, but when push comes to shove, they’re apparently willing to sacrifice our shared national heritage on the altar of the ever-expanding military-industrial complex.”


Nevada delegation teams up to expand Fallon bombing range

Electronic warfare range: Fallon bombing range
The Electronic Warfare Range is located in Restricted Area 4816 (R-4816) and is 23 nmi (43 km; 26 mi) east of NAS Fallon in the southern Dixie Valley between the Stillwater Mountains and the Clan Alpine Mountains.[1] copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

Electronic warfare at Fort Huachuca, Arizona: Defense spending bill 2023


    (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
            (1) The Electronic Proving Grounds located at Fort 
        Huachuca, Arizona is unique within the Department of Defense 
        because of its naturally quiet electromagnetic environment, its 
        specialized facilities, its close relationship with the Army 
        training community, and its access to the expansive real-estate 
        of southern Arizona.
            (2) The Electronic Proving Grounds has access to 70,000 
        acres at Ft. Huachuca, 23,000 acres on Wilcox Dry Lake, more 
        than 100,000 acres at Gila Bend, and with prior coordination, 
        approximately 62 million acres of Federal and State-owned land.
            (3) Live electronic warfare training is not possible at the 
        majority of military installations in the continental United 
        States including the National Training Center.
            (4) The Electronic Proving Grounds has the capacity to 
        handle additional testing as well as the capability for 
        realistic electronic warfare training
    (b) Report Required.--Not later than February 1, 2023, the 
Secretary of the Army shall submit to the congressional defense 
committees a report on the Electronic Proving Grounds testing range 
located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
    (c) Elements.--The report under subsection (b) shall address--
            (1) the amount and types of testing activities conducted at 
        the Electronic Proving Grounds testing range;
            (2) any shortfalls in the facilities and equipment of the 
            (3) the capacity of the range to be used for additional 
        testing activities;
            (4) the possibility of using the range for the testing 
        activities of other Armed Forces, Federal agencies, and 
        domestic companies;
            (5) the capacity of the range to be used for realistic 
        electronic warfare training;
            (6) electronic warfare training restrictions at domestic 
        military installations generally; and
            (7) the feasibility and advisability of providing a 
        dedicated training area for electronic warfare units.
    (d) Coordination.--In preparing the report under subsection (b), 
the Secretary of the Army shall coordinate with the following:
            (1) The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation of the 
        Department of Defense.
            (2) The governments of Cochise County and Sierra Vista, 

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