Glen Cove Petition And Other Important Info
More info on Glen Cove from the founder of STSSA:
I did a little more research and found an already made up petition that goes in to a little more detail, especially about the site's age. First documented in 1907 in an archaeological record by N.C. Nelson of U.C. Berkely.
This you can find on http://www.petitiononline.com/GlenCove/petition.html
This is from the Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council dated Sept/Oct 2008.
To Protectors of Native Ameican sacred places
This is the html version of the file http://www.treatycouncil.org/PDFs/Call%20to%20protect%20Native%20sacred%20places.pdf.
Google automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web.
Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council(71)7) 556-H776Date: September/October 2008To: Protectors of Native American sacred placesFrom: Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites, Save the Peaks Coalition, InternationalIndian Treaty Council, Seventh Generation Fund, Indigenous Environmental Network,Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council, and Morning Star InstituteRE: Call to protect Native sacred placesIndian Country, USA—Corporate development of particular Federal/Tribal ancestral lands across theU.S. will further the desecration of sacred places and areas which Indigenous Peoples have traditionallyused and safeguarded, harm longstanding and positive Tribal social/cultural structures, increase threats toendangered and threatened species, and cause environmental destruction. The protection and preservationof sacred places are essential to the practice of Indigenous Peoples' freedom of religions; a fundamentalhuman right which is recognized by both federal and international law.The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN GeneralAssembly on September 13, 2007. This Declaration represents the dynamic development of internationallegal norms and sets an important standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples by states. It is asignificant tool towards eliminating human rights violations against the planet's 370 million IndigenousPeoples and assisting them in combating discrimination and marginalization. Article 12 of theDeclaration affirms that "Indigenous peoples have the right to manifest, practice, develop and teach theirspiritual and religious traditions, customs and ceremonies and the right to maintain, protect, and haveaccess in privacy to their religious and cultural sites."On July 11, 2008, over 1,000 Native rights and environmental justice advocates arrived in Washington,DC after walking across the US to raise awareness about key issues affecting Native peoples and theenvironment. The successful journey, known as the Longest Walk 2, delivered a 30-page manifesto andlist of demands to Congress, which included the protection of sacred sites and climate change mitigation.Tribal peoples are demanding the federal government protect Tribal sacred places and mandate polluterclean up of lands and waters in the US.Tribal nations, social and environmental justice allies call on the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee andother Congressional Committees to conduct hearings on Bureau of Land Management and other agencieslack of cooperation and consultation with Tribes in balancing corporate development of Federal/Tribalancestral lands and honoring Tribal rights and needs. These nations and allies also call on the AdvisoryCouncil on Historic Preservation to investigate the agencies non-compliance with Federal/Tribalconsultation requirements and assist in remedying the problems. The sacred Medicine Lake Highlands innorthern California and San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona are some of many Tribal ancestralregions of the utmost importance to Tribes that are again under siege by corporations.Page 1 of4
Congress and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation must intervene where the Bureau of LandManagement and other federal agencies have fallen short in their fiduciary responsibilities to federally-recognized Tribes, including working cooperatively and constructively with Tribes to resolve disputes.Defenders and protectors of Tribal sacred lands call for the immediate halt of proposed or initiatedcorporate projects on federal lands that negatively impact Native sacred places, including the MedicineLake Highlands and San Francisco Peaks. Key federal lawmakers and administration officials must workmore rigorously with the Tribes in ensuring adequate cooperation and consultation on projects thatoverlap Tribal sacred lands. Our call for hearings is a critical measure that must be taken seriously toensure that balancing corporate/agency development of Tribal ancestral lands and the rights of Tribes arehonored.Please fax a brief letter to Senate Indian Affairs Committee urging that a hearing be held on theseissues as soon as possible. The Committee fax number is 202-228-2589.Medicine Lake HighlandsThe Medicine Lake Highlands, northeast of Mt. Shasta, are sacred to the Pit River, Wintu, Karuk, Modoc,Shasta, and other Tribal nations. The Pit River people believe that the Creator and his son bathed in thelake after creating the earth, and then the Creator placed healing medicine in the lake. The Creator madetraditional Tribal peoples Indigenous to this region responsible for taking care of the Highlands and theirdescendents today continue to fulfill this duty. This passing-of-responsibility will continue through eachgeneration until the end of time. The region around the lake is used as a training ground for medicinepeople from the coast to the Rockies. In the 1980s the Bureau of Land Management gave energydevelopment leases in the Highlands to developers, without first conducting adequate environmentalreview and consulting any of the Tribes that would be affected by the projects. Since this time developerslike Calpine Energy Corporation have used any tactic that money could buy to try to achieve their goal ofbuilding massive power plants in the sacred Highlands to harness geothermal energy, including activatingteams of lawyers, lobbying state and federal representatives, buying-off some adversaries, andinformation spinning. The developers are attempting to move ahead in spite of the fact that project-drilling would likely release dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, chromium, and hydrogen sulfide,into the surface and ground waters that Californians and all other living things in this region rely upon.In November 2006, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal agencies neglected theirfiduciary responsibilities to the Pit River Nation by violating the National Environmental Protection andthe National Historic Preservation Acts and that the agencies never took the requisite "hard look" atwhether the Highlands should be developed for energy at all. As a result, the court rejected the extensionof leases that would have allowed Calpine to build geothermal plants and ordered judgment in favor of PitRiver. Now BLM and Calpine are at it again as they prepare to attempt to conduct geothermal resourceexploration in the Glass Mountain region of the Highlands. BLM contends that the ruling was notexplicative enough and so it is moving forward with the exploration. The Advocates for the Protection ofSacred Sites strongly oppose BLM's reinterpretation of the ruling and will stop the agency. Similar to allother areas of the Highlands, Glass Mountain is sacred and is Eligible for Listing on the National Registerof Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Officer indicated in February 2008 that thisundertaking will adversely affect all of the qualities, characteristics, attributes and features that make theHighlands Traditional Cultural District, and any other properties that may be culturally and traditionallyassociated with the Cultural District, eligible for inclusion in the National Register.Of this major problem, Louis Gustafson, Citizen of the Pit River Nation, says, "The government hasagreements not to bomb holy mosques when they're at war, but we have to go through all these hoops justto protect our holy place."Page 2 of4
The original National Historic Preservation Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966. In orderfor properties, including lands, to be eligible for listing in the National Register, a property must meet oneof four criteria and have sufficient integrity. The State Historic Preservation Office conducts inventory ofhistoric properties, nominating properties to the National Register, maintaining a statewide preservationplan, and providing technical assistance. Section 106 of this original Act mandates a review process forall federally-funded projects that will impact sites listed on, or eligible for listing on, the NationalRegister. The main purpose of this process is to minimize potential harm to historic properties. Anyfederal agency that may damage historic property, especially those listed on the National Register, mustconsider alternative plans for their project. Without this process historical properties would lose asignificant amount of protection. In the case of the Medicine Lake Highlands the federal agencies did notabide by the law and initiate consultation with the Tribes that would be affected by the energy projectsprior to the issuing of leases. Instead the agencies waited and initiated consultation with the Tribes in the1980s and after a number of leases had already been granted. Today the Highlands meet the criteria andhave sufficient integrity for being listed on the National Register. This was also true in every year datingback to 1966, including in 1992, when Congress went even fürther to help Tribes under this Act byforcing agencies to consult with Tribes that attach religious and cultural significance to historic propertieswhen engaged in undertakings that may affect those properties. It is time for Congress to assist theagencies in remedying the major federal blunder that has transpired with the Highlands and support theTribes in listing this region in the National Register.San Francisco PeaksArizona's San Francisco Peaks are recognized internationally as a sacred place. The Peaks are a uniqueecological island and are held holy by more than 13 Native American Nations. Arizona Snowbowl SkiResort, located on the holy Peaks, is attempting to expand development, clear-cut acres of old growthtrees, and make fake snow from treated sewage effluent, which has been proven to have harmfulcontaminants. The US Forest Service manages the San Francisco Peaks as public land and has facedmultiple lawsuits by the Navajo Nation, Hopi, White Mountain Apache, Yavapai Apache, Hualapai, andHavasupai tribes, as well as the Sierra Club, Flagstaff Activist Network, Center of Biological Diversity,and others after it initially approved the proposed ski area development in 2005. On August 8, 2008 the9th Circuit of Appeals overturned a previous court ruling stopping the proposed development. The case isexpected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.Of the need to protect Native sacred places, Klee Benally of the Save the Peaks Coalition stated:We have no guarantee for the protection for our religious freedom when it comes to governmentland use decisions. The SF Peaks case underscores the fact that we need legislative action toensure protection for places held holy by Native American Tribes. Federal land managementpolicies are inconsistent when addressing Native American religious practice relating to sacredplaces. From the San Francisco Peaks, Medicine Lake Highlands, Yucca Mountain, Bear Butte,Mt. Taylor, Ml. Graham and the hundreds of additional sacred places that are threatened or arecurrently being desecrated, we need consistetti protective action now.For more information contact: James Hayward, Sr., Redding Rancheria/Advocates for the Protection of SacredSites, 530-410-2875; Klee Benally, Save the Peales Coalition, 928-380-2629; Radley Davis, Pit RiverNation/Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites, 530-917-6064; Mark LeBeau, Pit River Nation/Advocates forthe Protection of Sacred Sites, 916-801-4422; Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 218-751-4967;Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council, 907-745-4482; Chris Peters, Seventh Generation Fund, 707-825-7640; Wounded Knee, Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council, 707-556-8776; Suzan Shown Harjo, Morning StarInstitute, 202-547-5531Page 3 of4
The Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites was formed by Native peoples to standagainst the ongoing desecration and destruction of Native sacred places. The organization isdirected by Native peoples who draw on the wisdom of Native elders and exercise the legalrights of Indigenous Peoples in their efforts. Through their work the Advocates have gainedthe respect and support of numerous regional, national, and international Indigenous andsocial and environmental justice allies. The Advocates blog address ishttp://sacredsite.blogspot.com/.The Save the Peaks Coalition was formed to address environmental and human rights issuescaused by proposed ski resort development on the San Francisco Peaks, a mountain inNorthern Arizona held sacred by over 13 Native American Nations. It is a group ofconcerned citizens, agencies, business people, religious and spiritual leaders, skiers,snowboarders, conservationists, students, teachers and taxpayers committed to the protectionof the San Francisco Peaks. The coalition website is www.savethepeaks.org.The International Indian Treaty Council was founded in 1974 at a gathering by the AmericanIndian Movement in Standing Rock, South Dakota attended by more than 5000representatives of 98 Indigenous Nations. The IITC supports grassroots Indigenous strugglesthrough information dissemination, networking, coalition building, technical assistance,organizing and facilitating the effective participation of traditional Peoples in local, regional,national and international forums, events and gatherings. IITC website iswww.treatycouncil.org.rnvtcQNMiNUiEstablished in 1990 within the United States, Indigenous Environmental Network was formedby grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economicjustice issues. IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities andTribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, naturalresources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economicallysustainable communities. IEN website is www.ienearth.org.Founded in 1977, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Developmentemerged from a call from Indigenous communities in the Americasduring the cultural, social & political renaissance era of the 1960's and1970's. SGF is dedicated to promoting & maintaining the uniqueness ofNative peoples & the sovereignty of Tribal Nations. SGF website iswww.7genfund.org.The Morning Star Institute is a leading Indian rights organization insacred places protection, land recovery, religious freedom, repatriationand language revitalization. Founded in 1984, the Washington, DC-based non-profit is devoted to traditional and cultural rights advocacy andworks with Native American Tribal and spiritual leaders, as well ascultural specialists and institutions. Morning Star sponsors the annualNational Prayer Day for Sacred Places.The Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization ofIndigenous Peoples of Vallejo, Napa, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville,and Benicia, California; working to reintroduce Native American cultureand education to those assimilated to urban areas from their original placeof birth. VTTC website is http://www.vallejointertribalcouncil.org/.Page 4 of4
THE WAR TO SAVE NATIVE AMERICA'S SACRED SITES AND HOLY PLACES
By Mike (Ali) Raccoon Eyes Kinney
FOR OVER 25 YEARS, I SERVED AS BOTH AN ADVOCATE AND ACTIVIST FOR MORE HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS FOR INDIAN COUNTRY.
ONE OF MY MAIN PASSIONS AS A NATIVE MAN, IS THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED SITES AND HOLY PLACES THROUGH OUT INDIAN COUNTRY.
THE DESTRUCTION OF TEMPLE MOUND CITIES OR BURIAL MOUND SACRED SITES
I CANNOT TELL YOU THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION I HAVE AS A CHEROKEE NATIVE PERSON AND SEEING THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OUR TEMPLE CITY OR BURIAL MOUNDS THROUGH OUT THE SOUTHEAST, WHERE THE CHEROKEE, CHICKASAW, CHOCTAW, CREEK AND SEMINOLE NATIONS WERE LOCATED.
TO SEE SAM'S CLUB, WAL-MART AND TARGET AND OTHER CORPORATE CHAINS TO BRING HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT TO TOTALLY REMOVE AND DECIMATE ENTIRE COMPLEXES OF ANCIENT TEMPLE MOUND CITIES OR THE CLASSIC MESO-AMERICAN BURIAL MOUNDS MAKES ME DAMN ANGRY!
KNOWING THE ANCIENT ONES WHO SLEEP THERE, AND THEIR FUNERARY MEDICINES LAY BESIDE THEM ARE DESTROYED FOREVER. WELL I HAVE REAL PROBLEM WITH THAT!
TO SEE THESE SAME MOUND COMPLEXES OR BURIAL MOUNDS ON ' PRIVATE PROPERTY' WHERE THE OWNERS ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO BE ADMITTED FOR TWENTY DOLLARS.
THE PUBLIC GOES DIRECTLY TO A MOUND AND STARTS DIGGING INTO THE MOUND AND MAY REMOVE ANY SKELETAL REMAINS OR FUNERARY MEDICINES OF MY ANCESTORS.
HELL YEAH, I WANT TO KICK MAINSTREAM ASS FOR THESE CRIMES AGAINST OUR PEOPLE!
BELOW THE MOUND AT THE GROUND LEVEL, THERE IS POTENTIAL OF THREE THOUSAND INTER-GENERATIONAL ANCESTORS RANGING FROM 1,500 TO 7000 YEARS OF AGE.
THE ECO-RAPE OF SACRED SITES AND HOLY PLACES ON MOUNTAIN TOPS BY COAL COMPANIES
LET'S FOCUS THAT SAME ATTENTION TO THE MULTI-NATIONAL ENERGY COMPANIES, SUCH AS PEABODY ENERGY COMPANY. THEIR SUBSIDIARY IS PEABODY COAL COMPANY, THE LARGEST COAL-STRIPPING MINING OPERATION IN NORTH AMERICA.
THEY HAVE CREATED OPEN SORES ON MOUNTAIN TOPS OPERATING BARELY LEGAL AND YET THE LARGEST OPEN PIT COAL MINES IN THE WORLD. A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THIS, IS THE ECO-RAPE OF BIG MOUNTAIN IN BLACK MESA, AZ., ON DINE AND HOPI LAND BY PEABODY COAL.
PEABODY COAL AND THEIR AFFILIATES IN THE SOUTHEAST HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE NASTY ECO-RAPE HABIT CALLED MOUNTAIN TOP CLEARING.
AS EXAMPLE IN THE HEART OF COAL COUNTRY IN SOUTHEAST AND EAST KENTUCKY, ENTIRE MOUNTAIN TOPS ARE CLEARED BY THE USE OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES TO EXPOSE THE COAL VEINS AT THE TOP OF WHAT IS LEFT OF THE MOUNTAIN TOP.
THE PROCESS OF THE OPEN PIT COAL STRIPPING MINES WILL BEGAN WITH MOUNTAIN TOP NOW BEING LEVELED OFF.
HOWEVER, IT IS THESE SAME MOUNTAIN TOPS THAT ARE THE PLACES THAT OUR SACRED SITES AND HOLY PLACES ARE LOCATED.
THE VAST AND ELABORATE SYSTEMS OF CAVES AND CAVERNS THAT RUN ABOVE AND BELOW THE MOUNTAIN TOP ARE FOREVER GONE DUE TO THIS FORM OF ECO-RAPE.
FOR WE AS NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTHEAST KNOW THAT EVERYTHING-THE MOUNTAIN, THE CAVES, THE UNDERGROUND WATER IS BOTH SACRED AND HOLY.
THESE ARE THE MOUNTAINS WE DESCENDED TO FROM OUR JOURNEY FROM THE STAR SYSTEM OF PLEIADES, WHEN CREATOR DEEMED US TO BE THERE FOR CREATION OR SACRED TIME.
THESE WERE THE PLACES, WHERE OUR HOLY PEOPLE, DOCTORS, MEDICINE AND SPIRITUAL PEOPLE WOULD COME TO PRAY, DANCE AND SING TO THE CREATOR TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE AND WORLD IN SPIRITUAL BALANCE AND HARMONY.
NOW THEY ARE GONE, DUE TO ECO-RAPE OF MOUNTAIN TOPS BY PEABODY AND AFFILIATES.
THE WAR MOVES TO THE SHELL MOUNDS IN CALIFORNIA
IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN PABLO BAYS,THE CALIFORNIA NATIVES HAD CREATED ELABORATE SHELL MOUND COMPLEXES.
THE COAST AND BAY MEWUK, SOUTH POMO, WAPPO. PATWIN-WINTUN, NORTH YOKUT AND OHLONE NATIONS HAD OVER 500 SHELL MOUNDS THAT WERE RECORDED AND KNOWN OF BY THE LATE 18TH CENTURY.
MOST OF THESE SHELL MOUND COMPLEXES WERE THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD, LONG BEFORE PRE-CONTACT TIMES.
IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, THE FEW REMAINING SHELL MOUNDS ARE BEING BOTH DESTROYED AND DECIMATED BY SHOPPING MALL DEVELOPMENTS, SUBURBAN HOUSING TRACKS OR OTHER CORPORATE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
EVEN HISTORIC NATIVE COMMUNITIES WHERE SHELL MOUNDS STILL REMAIN, CITY GOVERNMENTS ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS AND DESTROYERS OF SHELL MOUND COMPLEXES.
ONE SUCH CASE IS THE CITY OF VALLEJO AND IT'S RECREATION AND PARKS DIVISION- THE GREATER VALLEJO RECREATION DISTRICT.
THE GLEN COVE SHELL MOUND LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF VALLEJO, IS ONE OF THE OLDEST KNOWN SHELL MOUNDS IN THE NORTHEAST BAY. IT IS RECORDED AROUND TO BE SOME 4,000 YEARS OF AGE.
THE ANCESTORS SLEEP IN THE SHELL MOUND WITH THEIR FUNERARY MEDICINES ALONG SAN PABLO BAY.
YET THE GREATER VALLEJO RECREATION DISTRICT, KNOWING THAT WITH THEIR OWN DOCUMENTED REPORTS AND RECORDS THAT IT IS A SHELL MOUND, STILL PLAN TO BUILD ON IT.
THE VALLEJO INTERTRIBAL COUNCIL AND SSPIRIT (SACRED SITES PROTECTION & RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS TRIBES) HAS SPENT MORE A DECADE BATTLING THE GVRD FROM DESTROYING AND DESECRATING THE GLEN COVE SHELL MOUND. THE BATTLE LINES ARE CLEARLY DRAWN.
THE GVRD SOON PLANS TO DEVELOP PARK INFRA-STRUCTURE AND DESECRATE THE SACRED SHELL MOUND EVEN MORE. THE GVRD MASTER PLAN ENTAILS TO DEVELOP THE BURIAL SITE OF THE ANCESTORS INTO A RECREATIONAL AREA. COMPLETE WITH PARKING, BATHROOM FACILITIES, PICNIC AREAS, LIGHTS AND A WALKING PATH THROUGH THE SHELL MOUND.
ON SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2009, VALLEJO INTERTRIBAL COUNCIL, SSPIRIT, NATIVE ADVOCATES AND ACTIVISTS, OTHER CONCERNED GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS PLAN TO CONVERGE AT THE GVRD ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AT 11 AM. (LOCATED AT 329-AMADOR)
THERE SHALL BE A GLEN COVE SPIRITUAL WALK, A JOURNEY FOR THE ANCESTORS.
THE SPIRITUAL WALK WILL START AT THE GVRD ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND WILL END AT SHELL MOUND AT THE GLEN COVE WATER FRONT PARK.
THE GOAL IS TO INFORM AND EDUCATE BOTH THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA HOW DANGEROUS AND DEADLY THE GVRD PROPOSED MASTER PLAN IS FOR MAKING THE SACRED SHELL MOUND INTO A RECREATIONAL USAGE AREA.
THE MASTER PLAN WOULD DESECRATE AND DESTROY THE SHELL MOUND IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS.
EVEN CITIES LIKE VALLEJO,CALIFORNIA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CONDUCT AND ACTIONS WITH REGARDS TO THE DESECRATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE SHELL MOUND.
IT IS OUR DUTY AS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO WIN THIS WAR TO SAVE OUR SACRED SITES AND HOLY PLACES.
Wado and A-ho,
Mike (Ali) Raccoon Eyes Kinney
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