Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 5, 2023

The Death of Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey: The Poisonous Destruction by the U.S. Government

Descendants of Ox Sam, who survived the Massacre, are protecting the land from Lithium Americas of Vancouver, Canada, as the United States government violates its own federal laws. Photo courtesy Ox Sam Camp, Thacker Pass, Nevada.

The Death of Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey: The Poisonous Destruction by the U.S. Government

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The death of Paiute journalist Myron Dewey leads to the exposure of this fact: The United States government's relentless and total disregard for the lives of Paiute and Shoshone in Nevada.

The detonation of the atomic bomb resulted in widespread cancer. Still, little has been published about the horrific damage from the strewn bombs of military bombing exercises on Walker River Paiute land which left the land "dead and unsustainable," as Crystal Miller wrote.

Hidden in the files, we discovered the military's reckless napalm burn site linked to a childhood cancer cluster of Fallon Paiute Shoshone. The Navy's bombing range, which Myron was opposing at the time of his death, poisoned the groundwater, with the scattered unexploded bombs, and reckless burn pits.

The military debris poisoned everything, the land, the water and the wildlife.

Myron was also battling the lithium mine at the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass and delivering supplies there just before he was killed near his family's home on an isolated dirt road near Yomba. Again, at the Paiute Massacre Site, the United States government is violating its own federal laws which protect Native American religious and cultural sites; endangered species and their habitat; and the groundwater in a precious ecosystem.

The United States government is using Paiute Shoshone land for its dumping grounds, and for the enrichment of a foreign corporation, Lithium Americas of Vancouver, Canada, and dozens of other lithium, gold and mineral mining companies. The power of what Myon did in his lifetime is revealed in the internal documents of TigerSwan, just released in North Dakota.

Myron was tracked by TigerSwan long after the water protector camps closed at Standing Rock, because what Myron did, he did well. He documented the destruction, and the violation of laws, carried out by the security operatives of Energy Transfer, and the militarized sheriffs deputies, sharpshooters and mercenaries at Standing Rock. And he photographed their faces.

Police shot at Myron's drones, as documented in TigerSwan's files. The photos and videos from those drones reveal what the North Dakota security board discovered and ruled on, recently releasing 55,000 internal documents of TigerSwan to The Intercept -- TigerSwan worked without a license. During the fall of 2016 and throughout 2017, TigerSwan received $17 million from its boss, Energy Transfer, owner of Dakota Access Pipeline.

The widespread damage in North Dakota brings us back to Walker River Paiute land in Nevada, where both Wovoka and Myron are buried, and north of there, to the current prayer camp at the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass on the Nevada and Oregon border, and the people of the Ghost Dancers. 

Read more:

Walker River's fight to protect its land by Crystal Miller

Napalm burn pit at Fallon Paiute Shoshone in Nevada

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