People & Groups Archives: Indigenous peoples » Shoshone

The Letter to the Editor the Ely Times wouldn’t publish

“For thousands of years, pinion trees have provided a sustainable source of food for our ancestors, the Great Basin Shoshone. In fact, without pine nuts, our ancestors would not have survived our harsh Winters. These trees were so important they are considered “sacred.” But apparently now; they are in the way of unsustainable exploitation in … Continue reading The Letter to the Editor the Ely Times wouldn’t publish

The Swamp Cedars and the Nevada Water Grab

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance The Swamp Cedars in Spring Valley, Nevada have grown long memories. They stand on the valley floor under the bright Great Basin stars where the skies are still unspoiled by the encroaching glow of electricity. Beneath the trees’ branches, the blue petals of wild irises flutter in the … Continue reading The Swamp Cedars and the Nevada Water Grab

Will Falk: Pinyon-Juniper Forests: The Oldest Refugee Crisis

Editor’s Note: this is the second of a multi-part series of pinyon-juniper deforestestion.  The first part can be found here. By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Featured image by Max Wilbert My thoughts race with yesterday. My friend Max Wilbert and I left Park City, Utah in the pre-dawn bitter cold crossing the Wasatch … Continue reading Will Falk: Pinyon-Juniper Forests: The Oldest Refugee Crisis

Pinyon-Juniper Forests: An Ancient Vision Disturbed

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Standing in a pinyon-juniper forest on a high slope above Cave Valley not far from Ely, Nevada, I am lost in an ancient vision. It is a vision born under sublime skies stretching above wide, flat valleys bounded by the dramatic mountains of the Great Basin. The vision … Continue reading Pinyon-Juniper Forests: An Ancient Vision Disturbed

Max Wilbert on Resistance Radio: SNWA water grab

Max Wilbert, a long-time activist with Deep Green Resistance, has been working alongside indigenous peoples and other residents of eastern-central Nevada for the past few years as part of an effort to stop the theft of the land’s water. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) wants to build a giant pipe to take water from … Continue reading Max Wilbert on Resistance Radio: SNWA water grab

Sacred Water Under Threat

Storms chased us. Great, towering thunderstorms that came sweeping out of the west, lurking behind mountain ranges and flowing out across the valleys to drop great curtains of rain that soaked into the soil. That’s what this story is about: water. We came here, a group of us from many different places and backgrounds, to see the land that Nevada developers and Las Vegas real-estate moguls have been lusting after for twenty five years. But it’s not the land they want; it’s the water falling from these thunderstorms and melting off the fresh dusting of snow on the peaks, the water that soaks deep into stone and soil, forming basin aquifers. ... Continue reading →

At Risk: Sacred Shoshone Cedars Massacre Site in Spring Valley

Editor’s note: This first appeared on Great Basin Water Network’s Water Gab newsletter.  Read Deep Green Resistance Southwest Coalition’s analysis of the proposed SNWA groundwater pipeline project here. Nevada’s Great Basin consists of pinion and juniper covered mountain ranges that run North/ South like wooly worms with long, wide, mostly arid valleys in between. However, … Continue reading At Risk: Sacred Shoshone Cedars Massacre Site in Spring Valley

Final Itinerary – Sacred Water Tour 2015

These are the final details for the 2015 Sacred Water Tour. If you are interested in attending, please contact us! Note: these details supercede the previous details published here. White Pine County, Nev. – On Memorial Day weekend, a guided camping tour will travel the area to be affected by the Southern Nevada Water Authority … Continue reading Final Itinerary – Sacred Water Tour 2015

Sacred Water Tour 2015: Stop the Water Grab!

Stealing Water From the Desert? We Say No! Join us this Memorial Day weekend for a tour of sacred lands threatened by unsustainable “development”. We will spend three days visiting the communities to be affected by the water grab, learning about the project and the threatened sacred lands and waters, and camping in some of … Continue reading Sacred Water Tour 2015: Stop the Water Grab!

Indigenous Peoples of the Great Basin

Today we are honored to be able to share some information about the indigenous peoples of the Great Basin region. The two videos here are an invaluable glimpse into the sustainable living practices, history, and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Great Basin. Non-natives have a lot to learn from indigenous peoples about ways … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples of the Great Basin