Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 26, 2023

Pasadena: Protect Pee'Hee Muh'Huh,Thacker Pass: Federal Court Today

In Pasadena, Calif. this morning, a federal court appeal to protect sacred Pee'Hee Mu'Huh, Thacker Pass, from Lithium Americas mine. The foreign company is digging into the Paiute Massacre site in Nevada in violation of federal laws that protect Native burial places; endangered species and groundwater. -- Censored News

 AP reports, "A U.S. appeals court will consider challenges Tuesday to a huge lithium mine in Nevada in a case that pits environmentalists and Native Americans against President Joe Biden’s plans to combat climate change and could have broad implications for mining operations across the West.

"For the first time since it blocked construction of an Arizona copper mine last year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear oral arguments in a two-year-old legal battle with striking similarities to the Arizona case. The Nevada mine is in the works near the Oregon line and would involve extraction of the silvery-white metal used in electric-vehicle batteries.

Lawyers for Lithium Americas — the Canadian company that broke ground on the project in March — as well as the U.S. government, conservationists, tribes and a Nevada rancher were allotted time to highlight their positions during Tuesday’s hearing before a three-judge panel in Pasadena, California."

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