Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 11, 2023

Lithium Americas Illegally Confiscated Eagle Feathers During Raid at Paiute Massacre Site

Photo of Dorece Sam by Jarette Werk, Underscore News, taken prior to the raid on Ox Sam Camp

Lithium Americas Illegally Confiscated Eagle Feathers During Raid at Paiute Massacre Site 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

ORVADA, Nevada -- Ox Sam Camp's Sacred Eagle Staff and Ceremonial Items were illegally confiscated and in the possession of Lithium Americas of Canada security before these were retrieved after the raid on the camp.

Dorece Sam, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone, said that Auntie Josephine retrieved the Eagle Staff, and they now have their Eagle Feathers, Ceremonial Items, and Ceremonial Tipi after these were confiscated during a raid on Ox Sam Camp, led by Humboldt County Sheriffs Dept.

Lithium Americas had the Eagle Staff upside down in a trash bag. The Eagle Staff was being held at Lithium Americas security building.

Sam said they blessed it after it was returned. The tents and personal items were not returned.

Lithium Americas has just filed a SLAPP lawsuit against Paiute Shoshone protectors of the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass.

Humboldt County Sheriffs Department and Lithium Americas raided the camp and violated federal law by confiscating Ceremonial Eagle Feathers, and arresting and terrorizing a young Dine' woman during law enforcement transport.

Lithium Americas is a foreign company based in Vancouver, Canada. Biden, the Interior Department and the BLM are responsible for the lease to desecrate and destroy the burial places of the Paiute Massacre Site in northern Nevada, in violation of federal laws which protect Native American burial places, endangered species and their habitat and groundwater. Biden calls this "green energy."

Dorece Sam and Auntie Josephine are descendants of Ox Sam, one of the only survivors of the 1865 Massacre of Paiute by U.S. soldiers.

More: Dine' Woman Terrorized During Arrest at Ox Sam Camp 

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