Walkers are on a 10-day walk to bring attention to the importance of protecting sacred land
Published May 10, 2018
TONOPAH, NEVADA – Some two dozen American Indians are walking this week to bring 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.
Tonopah Test Range
They began their journey, called “the Western Shoshone Nation Running and Walking within the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley Land Boundaries”, last weekend near the Tonopah Test Range near Tonopah, Nevada and will end on Mother’s Day in Mercury, Nevada.
The Tonopa Test Range, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, is on Western Shoshone treaty land. They detonate bombs on this land and have a great section fenced off.
Chief Johnnie Bobb conducted ceremonies before the walkers began walking last Saturday.
“We have a lot of supporters, who are praying and doing ceremonies with us. We do this to respect the tribal nations. We are saying don’t take away our ceremonial sites. The non-Natives do not see things we do,” walk leader Chief Johnnie Bobb (Western Shoshone).
Norman “Wounded Knee” DeOcampo leads walk through Tonopah, Nevada.
Native News Online photos by Arthur Jacobs.