Big Fire Law and Policy Group
Advertise:   ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Opinion
Harjo: Thanks for protectors of sacred places


"As people gather in our great lands to give thanks for the bounty of this time, I am grateful that two threatened sacred places are protected - Medicine Lake and Topock Maze in California - even if one of them is not fully out of danger.

Topock Maze is a complex landscape of earth drawings and sacred areas on a bluff above the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert. It has been revered for millennia by the Mojave and other tribes as a pathway to the afterlife.

Medicine Lake is a ceremonial place of spiritual and physical healing for the Pit River, Wintu, Modoc, Shasta, Klamath and other nations. The lake is in the caldera of a volcano on Pit River Nation territory near Mount Shasta in the northern part of the state.

These sacred places have been threatened and desecrated by energy companies. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. violated Topock Maze with a water treatment plant and the Fort Mojave Tribe sued. On Nov. 9, they announced a settlement, with PG&E apologizing and returning 125 acres of the sacred land to the tribe.

Medicine Lake is the subject of a Nov. 6 protective ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but federal agencies could appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Get the Story:
Suzan Shown Harjo: Giving thanks for protectors of sacred places (Indian Country Today 11/23)

Related Stories:
Harjo: A call for change after 2006 elections (11/17)
Harjo: GOP self-destructs at an amazing rate (10/27)
Harjo: From Abramoff to Foley, Whiteman magic (10/13)
Harjo: Sen. Allen uses 'R-word' with impunity (9/29)
Harjo: Urban Indian health funding still at risk (09/08)
Harjo: Sen. 'Macaca' Allen no stranger to racial gaffes (8/31)
Harjo: Ross Swimmer still taking care of Indians (08/21)
Harjo: Good people being taken out by snakes in DC (07/21)
Harjo: Ann Coulter's failed supermodel career (06/23)
Parents, museum visit stirred Harjo's passions (6/16)
Harjo: Mascots preferred over real Indian people (6/12)
Harjo: Poarch Creeks worked against Native people (6/5)
Harjo: Indians forced to pay price for Abramoff (04/28)
Suzan Harjo: Girl-empowerment for Indian Country (04/15)
Harjo: Scientists study Ancient One but learn nothing (03/17)
Harjo: NY Times story on drugs accurate but untrue (02/27)
Harjo: Pseudo-Indians should pay for identify theft (02/10)
Harjo: Indian art world suffered severe losses (01/20)
Harjo: The Mantle of Shame Awards for 2005 (1/4)
Harjo: Indian people have no word for 'mascot' (12/9)
Harjo: My photo album of Vine Deloria Jr. (11/24)
Harjo: 'Scooter' Libby scandal and Rosa Parks (11/11)
Harjo: White man's words trump Native views (10/21)
Harjo: Native nations stand up to 'Fighting Sioux' (10/03)
Harjo: Indian people know what it's like to be uprooted (9/23)
Harjo: We can prove that Native people ate corn (08/26)
Harjo: Hanging onto mascots, toys of racism (08/12)
Harjo: Elite group wants control over dead Indians (08/05)
Harjo: O'Connor trampled on Native religious rights (07/08)
Harjo: Ruling expected any day on use of R-word (06/17)
Harjo: NCAA should ban all 'Native' imagery (05/27)
Harjo: Native people, like 'extinct' bird, survive (05/13)
Harjo: Native women aren't safe in Indian Country (04/29)
Harjo: Characteristics of the non-Indian Indians (04/08)
Churchill tells Suzan Shown Harjo: Kiss my --- (02/17)
Suzan Shown Harjo: Churchill went 'tribe-shopping' (2/11)
Anti-fry bread column stirs Indian Country passions (02/07)
Harjo: Eliminate fry bread and other 'Indian' foods (01/21)
Harjo: The 'good' Indians versus the 'hostiles' (12/17)
Harjo: Pine Ridge election about character (10/29)
Harjo: Anderson harassed Indian reporter over BIA death (07/02)