Thursday, November 29, 2007

Buffalohair Fwd: Help Protect Native American Lands

From our Duck Valley friend Si

Dear Friend,

The US Bureau of Land Management is currently reviewing a
proposal to expand the Cortez Hills Project. If approved, it
would be one of the country's largest gold mines. The project
would disturb over 6,500 acres of public land-all of which are
considered traditional lands by the Western Shoshone. We
urgently need your help to convince the US government to deny
this proposal.

The entire area lies within Western Shoshone boundaries of the
1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which recognized Shoshone rights to
this land. The area includes Mount Tenabo, an extremely
significant spiritual and cultural area to the Western Shoshone.
Many Shoshone have long expressed deep concerns and outright
opposition to any further exploration on their lands, without
their free, prior, and informed consent. The US Bureau of Land
Management is currently taking comments on this proposal until
Dec. 4. We are calling on our supporters to join with us in
signing the petition urging the bureau to reject this proposal.
Please sign the petition today!

Thank you for standing with Oxfam and the Western Shoshone.

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