Ward Valley Gathering to Commemorate the Occupation that Stopped the Nuclear Waste Dump
Please Join us for the 15th Anniversary Spiritual Gathering at Ward Valley!
Come take part in the remembrance of the Ward Valley Occupation on Sunday, February 10th, 2013
from 10am to 12pm (AZ time) at Ward Valley “Ground Zero”
On behalf of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, we would like to extend an invitation for the pleasure of your audience at the 15th Anniversary Ward Valley Spiritual Gathering Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 10:00 AM Arizona Time, to take place at “Ground Zero” Ward Rick Valley I-40 West to Water Road exit.
As you may recall, in 1998, a historic 113-day occupation of the proposed dumpsite by the Five River Tribes (Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Quechan, Cocopah, and Colorado River Indian Tribes) along with environmental activist were assembled at the site to fight and stop the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump. The 113-day occupation prevented federal police from entering the site as well as prevented the test drilling for the dump that would have desecrated the sacred land of Ward Valley. The occupation ended in victory when the U.S. Department of the Interior rescinded the eviction notice and cancelled test drilling. On November 2, 1999, the Interior Department terminated all actions regarding the Ward Valley dump proposal, which officially ended the extensive conflict.
The proposed dump, which would have been in the center of eight wilderness areas, amidst of critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, enclosed by the pristine golden canyons and cave paintings of the Old Woman Mountains, and east of the foothills of the Stepladder Mountains that remain covered in a forest of cholla cacti was utterly eliminated by the coordinated effort of dedicated citizens of our Nations. It is for this reason, we humbly ask for your presence as a representative of your Nation while we honor the achievements of your people.
Please see the attached copy of the gathering itinerary, as you will find we have set aside time to honor each of the Great Nations of the Five River Tribes for their many efforts throughout this successful endeavor. Again, we look forward to your presence.
If you should require further information, please feel free to contact the Fort Mojave Tribe Public Relations Department at the Tribal Administration (760) 629-4591 ext.106 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe