Tag Archives: Sacred sites

America’s First Executive Order Threatening National Monuments

The ECOreport looks at America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments

By Roy L Hales

President Donald Trump may soon become the first U.S. President to ever revoke the status of federal lands designated as national monuments. He is concerned that “wasteful regulations … create barriers to achieving energy independence” and curtail “economic growth.” So today Trump signed America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments.

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Behind Standing on Sacred Ground

Connections And Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. The Hopi elders told him there was a spiritual side to the injustice. These violations were taking place within a network of sacred places that their people had preserved for countless generations. These consisted of a sacred mountain, sacred springs that gave the Hopi life, and their ancestral burial grounds. The elders told him the cause of the West’s environmental crises is the disconnect from their spiritual link to the earth. This has become the message behind Standing on Sacred Ground, a four part documentary which can be seen on the WORLD Channel, Sundays at 9:00 PM (ET) until June 14, 2015.

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Protector of the Sacred Sites

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Thursday, August 7. The first part of that program was about a First Nations burial ground on Grace Islet in BC. The podcast below, “Protector of the Sacred Sites,” ran from 9:12 – 9:30. It revolves around the clash between solar projects and Native American Sacred sites in Southern California.

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The Desecration of Grace Islet

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Originally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Tuesday, July 8, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm: “Desecration of Grace Islet”
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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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Arizona: From Sacrilege to Sacredness – What’s the Big Deal about Snowmaking?

Originally published in New Clear Vision  

By Mary Sojourner

This is not the first time I’ve traveled up this mountain.  My once-lover Dark Cloud and I hiked, camped and made love in these old Ponderosa and Fir forests.  My road buddy Everett and I crawled into a little cave in this mountain to drink water from an icy spring that tastes of volcanic rock.  I’ve danced on the thick mat of pine needles under a New Moon and followed my son up Bear Jaw trail until I had no more breath.
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Do You Get It?

Native Americans defending their sacred sites are more than a few tribespeople opposing ‘Big Clean Energy.’ Do you get it?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Aztlán, ancestral cradle of the Nahuatl people (of whom the Aztecs were the best known branch), was most likely in the Lower Colorado Basin. Some of the tribes in this area speak a Uto-Aztecan language, share the Mexica historical idea of five suns and are believed to have left hundreds of geoglyphs which show mythological ties to Mexico. Some of the best known of these geoglyphs are at Blythe, CA, and best viewed from a passing airplane. You can see some in Jess Fig Jesus Chuey Zapata Figueroa’s Music Video: Aztec Sickness (Save the Geoglyphs). Continue reading Do You Get It?

Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement

Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement; Secretaries of Interior and Energy invited to showing of “Who Are My People?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It is no co-incidence that the Las Vegas premiere of “Who Are My People?” is on August 13. National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 takes place the same day. Continue reading Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement

State Legislation To Protect Native American Sacred Sites

California’s AB 52 has been weakened by removing the veto provision, but the state assembly passed state legislation to protect Native American sacred sites

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Robert Lundahl’s documentary “Who Are My People?” records the destruction of Native American geoglyphs while preparations were underway for the Blythe Solar Project in Riverside Co. In one scene (above) a native elder named Alfredo Figueroa views the bulldozed site where the “True North geoglyph” had once stood. In another, Figueroa confronted construction workers after they destroyed a solar motif. There was also a scene in which the impending destruction of a geoglyph called “the temple” was being discussed. No tally of the number of destroyed artefacts was given in the film. Continue reading State Legislation To Protect Native American Sacred Sites

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