Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 12, 2023

Day 2: Standing Strong at Thacker Pass


"The elders have asked for supporters to come. Help support traditional families in prayer as Lithium Nevada continues to desecrate the land for an open pit mine." The camp is also is need of firewood, protectors said on Friday. -- Protect Thacker Pass

Photos courtesy Protect Thacker Pass

"It's 6:15 am and we already made 3 trucks drive backward from us."
Live updates from Protect Thacker Pass
Article by Brenda Norrell
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Peehee Mu'huh (Thacker Pass) -- It is Day 2 as Paiute and Shoshone protect sacred land from lithium mining by a foreign company, Lithium Americas of Vancouver, Canada. On Thursday, Paiute and Shoshone held ceremonies here. Paiute ancestors were massacred here by U.S. soldiers. Biden and Interior Sec. Deb Haaland's Bureau of Land Management, BLM, issued the permit for Lithium Americas to dig into the unmarked burial placed in violation of federal laws. 

Humboldt County Sheriff's Dept. issued a second and final warning to land defenders to clear the road on Thursday afternoon. Paiutes' roadblock halted trucks from passing through as they tear up the land for a water pipeline for the lithium mine.

"Land and water protectors, following the leadership of Paiute-Shoshone elders from the Fort McDermitt and Pyramid Lake tribes, put this tipi up in Peehee Mu’huh (Thacker Pass) in Lithium Nevada’s Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Project site. On September 12, 1865, federal soldiers massacred at least 31 Paiutes in Peehee Mu’huh," Protect Thacker Pass said.

"This massacre site will be destroyed by the mine. In other words, in 1865, the federal government massacred Paiutes resisting mining encroachments on their land in Peehee Mu’huh. Now, the federal government has permitted Lithium Nevada, a mining corporation encroaching on Paiute land, to destroy the evidence of that massacre."

Day 1: Paiutes Halt Construction at Thacker Pass

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"We can't save the planet by destroying the planet. We can't solve climate change by destroying the land to build a mine that will emit 150,000 tons of CO2 per year from the mine itself, plus more greenhouse gas emissions from destroying the land. It just makes no sense." -- Protect Thacker Pass

"We face not just a climate crisis but also a biodiversity crisis. Thacker Pass / Peehee Mu'huh is rich in life, rich in biodiversity. It just makes no sense to destroy life, destroy biodiversity at a time of crisis." -- Protect Thacker Pass



ahhhbreeze said...

If anyone is anywhere near Sun Valley, Nv 89433 and can come by with a truck, I have a lot of downed wood available for fire wood.
I easily have several truck loads. I am sorry that I'm not able to transport the wood to your location. I am not Native American but I think that your efforts at Thacker Pass and about Mother Earth and water issues are among the few lights shining in these days of rampant consumption of resources and damage to our planet. I admire your hard work, it gives me hope that there's sanity left in the world. please email me at regarding the fire wood if you are interested.

ahhhbreeze said...

P.S. regarding the available fire wood I have . Two or Four young strong guy's would be adequate to handle this wood. I'm a little old lady I can't move most of these pieces, but a few young men would have no difficultly. A chain saw would be helpful too. I do have one though. The wood is not split.
I have Apple, Peach, Cherry, Plum, Elm, Olive, Pine, Mesquite, Honey Locust, Hawthorn, and Juniper. Most logs have been on the ground curing for a year or more. I have all sizes from unsplit logs to kindling. The big problem is getting it from Sparks to the folks that need it at Thacker Pass