SACRED SITES - THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
In 1993, Robby Romero’s rockumentary film, Makoce Wakan: Sacred Earth, premiered as a VHI World Alert Special on MTV Networks following a screening and press conference at the United States Senate Rotunda in Washington D.C. The film was created to help cultivate awareness and support for the protection of Native Peoples’ Sacred Sites and the amendment of the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act to provide for the traditional use of peyote as sacrament in religious ceremonies — this included the protection of traditional religions and religious purposes of Native Peoples.
Today, in the U.S. Congress, in U.S. court rooms, and on the frontlines of these Holy Places, Native Peoples are still having to protect sacred sites, human rights, and religious freedom from governments who were taken over long ago by the corporate state.
For example, in late 2014, after U.S. lawmakers slipped in a clause in the National Defense Authorization Act to grant the international mining corporation, Resolution Mining Inc., 2,400 acres of copper-filled land, the San Carlos Apache Nation began to fight to protect and preserve Oak Flat from the mining company and pro-mining and fossil-foolish Congressmen and Senators. Oak Flat contains Apache Leap, a Sacred Place of Apache People where 75 Apache women, children, and men were massacred. The "SAVE OAK FLAT ACT" was introduced in the 116th (2019-2020) U.S. House of Representatives on January 17, 2019 and is currently pending.
Another example - After more than a decade of legal arguments came to a head on July 10, 2019, Hawai’i Gov. David Ige announced the TMT $1.4 Billion Dollar Telescope construction would begin July 15 on Mauna Kea, a sacred place of prayer and spiritual as well as cultural practices, and an ancient burial ground of the Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians). In response, Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and their supporters and allies set up a Pu’uhonua, a camp and place of refuge, across the highway from the access road at the base of their Ahu (religious altar) to stop construction and engage the world in a conversation about the protection of Native Peoples’ Sacred Sites, human rights, and religious freedom. Thus far 38 Kia’i, Mauna Kea Protectors, have been arrested, mostly Kupuna (elders).
In the Spirit of our ancestors, join us in the Indigenous tradition of resisting the forces that threaten our sisters and brothers, our land and life, our sacred sites, our human rights, and our religious freedom.
Let Your Voice Be Heard! #ProtectOakFlat #ProtectMaunaKea
Please ask your Congressional delegation to cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act, or thank them if they have already done so. Learn more about the Oak Flat Land Exchange
Call and Tweet Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige:
Phone (808) 586-0034, Twitter @GovHawaii
Call Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors:
Phone (808) 586-1500
Call your State governor and ask them to reach out to their colleagues in Hawaii.
Find contact info here: https://www.usa.gov/state-governor
Call the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs:
Phone: (202) 224-2251
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