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Quechan Nation Mourns Ancestors in Ocotillo

Originally published on East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

Tribal members from the Quechan nation traveled by caravan to Ocotillo on January 17 and 18 to mourn the desecration of their ancestors’ burial grounds by the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm. Tribal members met at the Ocotillo Community Center and staged a run carrying a banner reading “We want respect for our ancestors’ remains” to the wind site, where they held an all-night mourning ceremony for their ancestors.
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Is The DOI Committing Cultural Genocide & Ecocide?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1While Secretary of the Interior Jewell addressed the Clean Energy Summit 6.0 in Las Vegas last week, a very different examination of America’s solar policy was happening just down the street. Continue reading Is The DOI Committing Cultural Genocide & Ecocide?

NAHC recognizes Ocotillo Wind Farm site as a Native American Sacred site

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On Monday, April 22, the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) recognized the 12,000 acre Ocotillo Wind Project site, in what the local Quechan tribe refers to as the “Valley of Death,” as a sacred Native American cultural landscape and burial ground. This resolution was passed by a 4-0 vote. Continue reading NAHC recognizes Ocotillo Wind Farm site as a Native American Sacred site

CA Native Heritage Commission backs Quechan Claim

From East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2013 (Ocotillo ) – The California Native American Heritage Commission (CNAH) has issued a draft report in support of the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians and the Quechan Indian Nation claims that the Bureau of Land Management failed in its duty to protect cultural resources including human remains and sacred sites.  The report details a disturbing pattern by the BLM, Pattern Energy and a project archaeology consultant of ignoring tribal concerns and failing in its duty to protect cultural resources.
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