Help Stop the Destruction of Sacred Sites

Dear Defenders of Mother Earth,

We are undergoing one of the biggest struggles of our lives in the defense of scared sites. As we know, President Obama’s fast track stimulus money projects have a complete failure as demonstrated by the Solyndar Company’s disaster, the Solar Trust of America Blythe Solar project bankruptcy and other companies which are also filing bankruptcy. In addition, the Imperial Valley Solar, LCC Project was stopped by the Quechan Tribe on February 6, 2012.

La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle has filed lawsuits on 6-other solar projects and currently the Genesis Solar Power Project has been stopped due to the findings of a large 400-acre village and hundreds of indigenous artifacts that we had advice the company of in our public comment letters that was presented to them nearly 2-years ago. In addition, on May 2011 the Solar Millennium Company destroyed the True North and Sun Complex Geoglyphs that are located within the Kokopilli/Cicimitl Twin geoglyph group by the construction of a 150ft. wide by 5-mile long roadway. (Attached are pictures)

In order to amend the failing fast-track stimulus money solar programs concerning sacred sites, on January 17, 2012, the Colorado River, Eastern Riverside County Tribes and members of our organization met at the Agua Caliente Casino Conference Center in Palm Springs, California with the BLM and the Department of Interior representatives. This meeting was to discuss the sacredness of these areas and the vast destruction that has already taken place within the Blythe and Genesis Solar Power Project sites.

We are also opposing to the construction of solar panel projects because of their gross violation to the following indigenous State, Federal, Mexico and United Nation laws that support our demands and why these projects should not be constructed within sacred areas:

*United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous People. Resolution adapted by the General Assembly during the 107th plenary meeting, September 13, 2007. (61/295) (Includes: Article 11 that stipulates Indigenous archeological rights.)

 

*Native American Sacred Places, March 6, 2003 (S.B. 18)

*Native American Sacred Lands Act, June 11, 2003 (H.R. 2419)

*The Sacred Land Protection Act, July 18, 2002 (H.R. 5155)

*The Native American Sacred Sites Protection Act, February 22, 2002 (S.B. 1828)

*Accommodations of Sacred Sites and Federal Land, Signed by President Bill Clinton on May 24, 1996 (Executive Order 13007)

*Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act of 1990

*Archeological Resource Protection Act of 1979

*American Indian Religious Freedom Act, August 11, 1978

*The Civil Right Act of 1968

*Antiquities Act of 1906

 

All humans have been placed on earth to be guardians of Mother Earth and not the destroyers so please help us stop the destruction of sacred sites. Please distribute attached information widely and contact your local Federal Congressman, Senators, President Obama and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar.

Thank you for all your help and support and please feel free to contact us for additional information,

 

Sincerely,

 

Alfredo Acosta Figueroa

Elder/Historian of Protection Circle

424 North Carlton Ave.

Blythe, CA 92225

(760) 922-6422

lacunadeaztlan@aol.com

 

Or

 

Patricia Piñon

President of Protection Circle

424 North Carlton Ave.

Blythe, CA 92225

(760) 219-2834

paticuna@msn.com

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