Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 4, 2024

Sacred Peace Walk to Nuclear Test Site: Photos by Jeremiah Jones, Western Shoshone

Western Shoshones Johnnie Bobb and Jeremiah Jones begin the Sacred Peace Walk, during the 42nd annual Nevada Desert Experience walk at the Atomic Museum in Las Vegas, on day one.

Sacred Peace Walk to Nuclear Test Site
Photos by Jeremiah Jones, Western Shoshone

Sacred Peace Walk to Nuclear Test Site

Photos by Jeremiah Jones, Western Shoshone

Article by Brenda Norrell, Censored News, April 1, 2024

Western Shoshone led the Sacred Peace Walk for their annual prayers from Las Vegas to the Nevada National Security Test Site. Starting on Palm Sunday, walkers gathered at the Atomic Museum and walked to the National Security Test Site.

"Jeremiah Jones, the Western Shoshone spokesperson, welcomed all of the walkers and gave them permission to enter the Western Shoshone traditional lands," reports Nevada Desert Experience.

The nuclear test site occupies Western Shoshone land, in violation of the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley.

"In the spirit of friendship, Jeremiah also made it very clear the Nevada National Security Site is illegal however concluded his remarks with the following hoped for affirmation, 'We all live on this planet together in love, peace and harmony. That is what we are here for.'”

In their hearts and minds were the global victims of war crimes and genocide, from Japan to the Ukraine and Palestine.

"The spirit of Aaron Bushnell and the deadly fires and incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were felt deeply as our souls cried out for a cease fire and an end to the genocide in Palestine along with atonement for the egregious offenses in Ukraine and other parts of the world, past and present," Nevada Desert Experience reported.

Arrests at Creech Air Force Base

Nearby, at Creech Air Force Base, three activists were arrested, as part of the Sacred Peace Walk.

Creech Air Force Base is where U.S. soldiers use computers, and with a deadly push of the button, people on the other side of the world are assassinated by drone operators, The Guardian reports.

Three peace activists were arrested at Creech Air Force Base, northwest of Las Vegas, on the morning of March 27, 2024, during an anti-drone protest -- two for blocking traffic at the drone base, and one for drawing a peace sign with chalk on a large boulder near the gate. They are part of the Sacred Peace Walk.

Two women crossed the line at the Nuclear Test Site

Nuclear weapons abolition and the liberation of the Western Shoshone Homeland were in the hearts and minds of the Sacred Peace Walkers as they concluded their pilgrimage from Las Vegas to the Nevada National Security Site in Mercury, Nevada on Good Friday, March 29, Nevada Desert Experience reports.

Photo courtesy Nevada Desert Experience, Sacred Peace Walk 2024

"As the pilgrimage approached the line, Beth Blattenberger, of Salt Lake City, Utah, quietly continued walking across the line and was arrested for trespass."

Jeanne Firth, of Louisville, Kentucky, also came forward to speak. “We have all been told that this is just how it has to be, that there is no other option. It is not true.” Jeanne then crossed the line to give voice to the desperate need to end war, for a cease fire and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Nevada's Drone Operators and Bombing Ranges -- The Deadly Toll on Western Shoshone, Paiute, and Humanity

At nearby Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Israeli pilots were trained in March of 2023, before the war crimes and genocide of Palestinians began in October of 2023. 

"Nellis Air Force Range" and nearby federal lands. The Tonopah Bombing Range, Area A, Mellan AirstripHumboldt National Forest, and the NOAA climatology station at Las Vegas are not shown.

Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey Killed after Live-streaming from Bombing Range

Paiute journalist Myron Dewey opposed the expansion of the U.S. Navy's Fallon bombing range in his homeland in central Nevada, near Reno. On the day before Myron was killed, he livestreamed from the bombing range.

Myron was hit head-on the next day in a truck driven by a mining engineer and killed near his home in Yomba, Nevada, on September 26, 2021.

Myron's reports from Standing Rock during water protectors resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline were followed by supporters around the world beginning in 2016, and continuing through 2017. Myron was targeted for surveillance because of his drones over the pipeline construction sites.

At the time of his death, Myron was supporting the opposition to the lithium mine at Peehee Mu'huh, Thacker Pass, in northern Nevada. Myron carried supplies to support the protection of the Paiute Massacre Site, which today is being mined for lithium by Canada's Lithium Americas and being promoted as "green energy" by Biden and Interior Sec. Deb Haaland.

The Fallon bombing range -- strewn with undetonated bombs, radioactive waste, and secret napalm burn pits -- is linked to the cancers of Paiute and Western Shoshone children. The expansion of the bombing range was signed into law by President Biden in the military spending bill, after being pushed by Nevada legislators.

Myron's final resting place is with that of Wovoka, bringer of the Ghost Dance, in their homeland of Walker River Paiute.

U.S. Navy's Fallon Bombing Range


Sacred Peace Walk 2024 -- Video: Jeremiah Jones

Video: Jeanne Firth 2024

The drone operators at Creech Air Force Base

"A team of three would be sitting, he recalls, in a ground control station in Creech air force base outside Las Vegas, staring at computer screens on to which images would be beamed back from high-powered sensors on Predator drones thousands of miles away."

Wikileaks: Collateral Murder 

"On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released Collateral Murder, a video showing a July 12, 2007, U.S. Apache attack helicopter attack upon individuals in New Baghdad. Among the more than 23 people killed by the 30-mm cannon fire were two Reuters journalists.

"WikiLeaks published this statement in conjunction with the release: WikiLeaks has released a classified U.S. military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad—including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack."

"The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded." -- International Journal of Communication.
Nuclear Test Site, Courtesy Photo 2024

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