Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 10, 2023

New Wave of Violence Targets Natives: Cops, feds, corporations engulfed in new rage of power and greed


Tortuguita was murdered by law enforcement in Atlanta, Georgia, shot 57 times in his tent, protecting the forest from the planned Cop City, 'Camp for Assassins.' Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, was murdered by U.S. Border Patrol. Agents told the family that they shot him 37 times as he came out the front door of his home on the Tohono O'odham Nation on the Arizona border. Earlier, Raymond videotaped U.S. Border Patrol agents escorting heavily armed drug cartels across the border by his home. The video evidence vanished after he gave it to authorities. The U.S. Border Patrol 'cover-up units' were already exposed, covering up the agents' crimes, which include murder, serial rape, assault and drug running. In Nevada, the struggle for justice for Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey continues. Was justice served on Tuesday, in the sentencing of the driver of the truck killing him, after charges were changed by the new prosecutor? The driver, John Walsh, is a mining engineer for a company specializing in leach gold mining, who recently began lithium mine work in the same area, Tonopah, in Nevada. Myron livestreamed from the Fallon bombing range the day before he was killed, opposing its expansion being pushed by the Nevada Congressional delegation. Myron spoke out in protection of the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass, opposing the lithium mine there. At the Paiute Massacre Site in Nevada on Wednesday, the Humboldt County Sheriff and Lithium Americas of Canada raided Ox Sam Camp, confiscating the Ceremonial Eagle Feather Staff in violation of federal law and terrorizing a young Dine' woman transported in a pitch black cage in the back of a truck, who was protecting the Massacre site from an excavator.

New Wave of Violence Targets Natives: Cops, feds, and corporations engulfed in a new rage of power and greed

In the case of the death of Paiute journalist Myron Dewey -- was justice served?

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Was justice served in the sentencing of the driver, John Walsh, who killed Myron Dewey?

There are too many questions that remain unanswered.

Why was the case turned over to a new prosecutor, who reduced the two charges to a single misdemeanor just prior to sentencing, resulting in only minimal penalties? The case was transferred from Tonopah Court to Pahrump Court.

Why did the new prosecutor say there was not enough substance in Walsh's blood to charge him with the two more serious crimes, after Walsh had already been charged with driving under the influence.

Was Walsh's blood sample report changed, if so, by who? How long after the accident was the blood sample taken from the driver, who had been airlifted to a Reno hospital?

Why did Walsh pull into Myron's lane? Walsh changed his story about another vehicle stirring up dust, at first claiming a vehicle was going the opposite direction and stirring up dust. Walsh's attorney said he was following a vehicle stirring up dust.

Why was Walsh out on an isolated dirt road by Myron's family home on a Sunday morning in Paiute Shoshone country? Walsh is a mining engineer, was his company working in the area?

The mining company Walsh works for specializes in leach, cyanide, and gold mining, and was chased out of Guatemala by Indigenous. The company recently began working locally on a Tonopah lithium mine project. It also worked on the lithium mine in southern Nevada, Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron mine, where the endangered Tiehms buckwheat has been found. It has mines around the world, in Bolivia, Turkey, Mexico, and elsewhere.

And finally, if a Native American had changed lanes, hit a white person head-on, and killed him, would the outcome in court have been the same?

There are too many unanswered questions to assume that justice was served in the death of Myron Dewey by the Nye County Court in Nevada.

Mining Companies Stealing Indigenous Artifacts

Censored News research into the theft of Indigenous artifacts, and failures of museums to return those, and our investigation into the company that mining engineer John Walsh works for, reveals that mining companies have a long history of the theft of artifacts while mining, including Peabody Coal's mine on Black Mesa and the company Walsh works for in Guatemala. Walsh pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of Paiute journalist Myron Dewey.

Several million artifacts from Black Mesa remain in an Illinois museum and Navajo and Hopi were removed from their burial places during 16 years of excavations paid for by Peabody Coal on Black Mesa in Arizona.

In Guatemala, Indigenous forced the company Walsh works for out, shutting down a gold mine, during an 11-year battle. After it was ordered to halt operations in Guatemala, the Nevada mining company was found taking out gold and silver concentrate by helicopter, and were in possession of Mayan artifacts.

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Mining Company Forced our to Guatemala by Indigenous

In February 2023 in Guatemala, the company that the driver, John Walsh works for was forced to shut down its gold mine by Indigenous.

"The Peaceful Resistance La Puya in Guatemala celebrates 11 years this week in their struggle to defend their land and water from an open-pit gold mine owned by Nevada-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA).

La Puya’s around-the-clock resistance camp outside the mine was attacked by police and private security, and leaders faced criminalization and intimidation. Thanks to their persistence, Guatemalan courts suspended the mine in 2016 pending a consultation with Indigenous people." 

During the years that Indigenous in Guatemala were shutting down the company that the driver, John Walsh works for, it was illegally taking gold and silver concentrate out by helicopter, and artifacts.

"Since the court’s decision in early 2016, the mining firm has taken new steps to move the concentrate from the mining site. This has included the use of a helicopter to lift the one-ton blocks of concentrate from the site," it was reported in 2016 during the 11 years it took to force the company to shut down the gold mine.

New local lithium mining in Tonopah, Nevada

Vancouver, BC - TheNewswire - May 18, 2023 - Viva Gold Corp  is pleased to announce that it has retained WSP Canada Inc. of Calgary, Alberta in association with Kappes Cassiday Associates (“KCA") of Reno, Nevada to initiate an updated NI43-101 resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for its Tonopah Gold Project (“Tonopah”), located near Tonopah, Nevada. WSP will be the primary author with responsibility for resource estimation and mining, while KCA will be responsible for metallurgy, process and infrastructure.

Peabody Coal: Theft of artifacts, removal of Navajo and Hopi from burial places

The Long Journey Home: Peabody Coal removed 341 Navajo and Hopi from their burial places during 16 years of excavations paid for by Peabody Coal. Several millions artifacts stolen remain in an Illinois museum.

Read the article on court sentencing at Censored News

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