Tribal Members to Deliver Eviction Notice to Calpine

Tribal Members to Deliver Eviction Notice to Calpine

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John Ahni Schertow
January 19, 2007

For Immediate Release: Native Peoples & Supporters To Protest at Calpine in San Jose, against Proposed Power Plant at Sacred Medicine Lake near Mt. Shasta.

Tribal Members to Deliver Eviction Notice to Calpine Monday, January 29, 2007, San Jose, California

San Jose, CA __ Pit River Indian Tribe members and Indigenous and environmental justice supporters will deliver an eviction notice to Calpine Corporation in downtown San Jose on Monday, January 29, 2007 demanding they drop their decades-long attempt to build polluting power plants in the Medicine Lake Highlands near Mount Shasta. Tribal members and supporters will vow to nonviolently defend Medicine Lake from any attempts to build power plants at this area that is profoundly sacred to area Native peoples.

The protest will start with a 10 a.m. rally at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and at 12 noon there will be a march to Calpine Headquarters, 50 West San Fernando Street, San Jose.

The protest comes at a critical time in the long fight to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands from environmental and spiritual degradation. In November 2006, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and indicated that the federal agencies neglected their fiduciary responsibilities to the Pit River Nation by violating the National Environmental Protection and the National Historic Preservation Acts and that the agencies never took the requisite “hard look” at whether the Highlands should be developed for energy at all. As a result, the court rejected the extension of leases that would have allowed Calpine to develop geothermal plants, and the district court is now directed to enter summary judgment in favor of Pit River consistent with this opinion. Tribal members and supporters demand that Calpine drop their plans once and for all and not appeal the court decision.

Sponsors of the event include Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites, Seventh Generation Fund, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, International Indian Treaty Council, Indigenous Environmental Network, Citizens of the Pitt River Nation, Indian People Organizing for Change, Vallejo Inter-tribal Council, Native American Sisterhood Alliance of Mills College, Da’hu La’h As Sacred Sites Defense, Redding Rancheria Cultural Department.

“Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what?s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?”

Radley Davis 530.917.6064; Mark LeBeau 916.801.4422; James Hayward 530.410.2875; Morning Star Gali 510.827.6719; Chris Peters 707.825.7640; Jimbo Simmons 415.641.4482; Bradley Angel 415.248.5010; Tom Goldtooth 218.751.4967

Tribal Members to Deliver Eviction Notice to Calpine
Monday, January 29, 2007, San Jose, California

Rally at 10 a.m. at Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park
South Market Street and 50 W. San Fernando Street

Protest at high noon at Calpine Headquarters
50 W. San Fernando Street, San Jose

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At Sacred Sites all across Turtle Island
Summer Solstice, 2007

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