Photographs of the 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony

Walkers want to bring attention to the desecration of territorial land in Yucca mountain area of Nevada.

Published May 12, 2019

TONOPAH, Nev. — The 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony wraps up tomorrow in Tonopah, Nevada. The walk brings attention to the desecration of sacred land, and the storage of uranium and other radioactive materials in Yucca mountain, which is on the treaty territorial land of the Western Shoshone.

The Ceremony includes traditional Newe ceremony and a walk / run from Tonopah, Nevada  to Mercury Peace Camp/Nevada National Security Site to:

–  pray for healing of our traditional lands, contaminated by 70+ years of illegal nuclear testing and waste storage at the NNSS
–  pray for healing of all affected by radiation poisoning
–  pray for those who continue to occupy, pollute, and desecrate the land *
– raise awareness about U.S. attempts to bury nuclear waste under Yucca Mountain, a sacred site
– call attention to the broken 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which affirms Newe as sovereign, does not cede land ownership to the U.S. or give the government permission for NNSS or its activities.

One added aspect of the walk this year is organizers want to also bring attention to the tragic epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Several of the walkers have been wearing red to highlight their passion to bring an end to missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Group of walkers bringing attention to Missing and Murdered Women

The is 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony led by Chief Johnnie Bobb.

Chief Johnnie Bobb

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