Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 13, 2023

Paiute Shoshone -- Protect our Mother on Mother's Day at Pee Hee Mu'huh (Thacker Pass)

Dorece Sam, an enrolled member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, spoke during a Facebook live stream on Friday, saying “Mother’s Day is coming up. This here is our mother - Mother Earth, and we want to protect her. We want to stand in unison with everybody. Bring your medicines, bring your prayers, and good thoughts. Grandmother says this is the start of a new camp. It is called (Ox Sam) Newe Mogonee Momokonee Camp, meaning Indian Woman’s Camp.” Ox Sam was one of three members of the Paiute tribe who survived the 1865 massacre.

PeeHee Mu’huh (Thacker Pass) is the traditional, unceded land of the Paiute and Shoshone. It is also the location of the lithium mining operation owned by Lithium Americas Corp. The territory is not part of any treaty lands ceded to the United States; thus Paiute, Shoshone and other tribal nations assert the land is still legally their country.

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