Struggle to Save Sacred Ground of the Shellmound by the Sogorea Te Land Trust

Struggle to Save Sacred Ground of the Shellmound by the Sogorea Te Land Trust

Berkley, Calif. — The Sacred Journey led by the Apache Stronghold stopped with the Sogorea Te Land Trust in Berkeley, California to listen and pray on their journey to join the Poor People’s Campaign in DC on June 23, 2018.

We exchanged blessings, shared prayers, sang and drummed, and listened to the struggle to save the sacred West Berkeley Shellmound under our feet where developers want to build a large complex. Most of the 425 shellmounds have already been built over. Corinna Gould, co-founder of the Sogorea Te Land Trust and Ohlone native tells us this Shellmound belongs to her people and that they have suffered 3 colonizations — by missionaries, by Mexico, and by the United States. Her people did not receive citizenship rights in their own lands until 1924.

Remembering what happened and continues as oppression of indigenous communities exposes the lies of the US and tells the truth of the connections between Systemic Racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation that is at the heart of the organizing of the Poor People’s Campaign. We must resist the hold corporations have on this country and the greed we are all tempted to attach to, says both Corinna Gould and Wendsler Nosie.

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Elem-modun Village: First Stop on Sacred Journey

Elem-Modun Village: First Stop of Apache Stronghold on Sacred Journey

The Apache Stronghold and allies have reached their first stop where they will launch a Sacred Journey led to join the Poor People’s Campaign in DC on the 23rd of June. Support the Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey GoFundMe. The Poor People’s Campaign recognizes that for there to be a moral revival we must first tell the truth about the lies this nation tells itself about what occurred to our indigenous families over 500 years. We must listen to the suffering & struggle of indigenous peoples – America’s “first chapter” as Wendsler Nosie says, in order to understand the connections between systemic poverty, racism, greed, militarism, and Ecological Devastation.

The Elem-modun village on Clear Lake (who the colonizers called Pomo people) was nearly devastated by greed and genocide during the gold rush. And now their people have been reduced to living on just 50 acres sandwiched between the Clear Lake and an open mercury mine pit that was never filled and today continues to poison the water and environment around them with mercury and other heavy metal contaminants. Elders of the Elem-Modum village shared they have not been able to fish in these waters since 1975 because the fish have all been poisoned. The Sacred Journey in part hopes to bring us all together to address the spiritual problem of greed and the power corporations wield in this country since its beginning!

Signage has recently been put up entering the village and surrounding the mining pit filled with water warning of the risks to health but little has been done to address the dangers it poses for the community.

 

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Preparing for the Sacred Journey

Preparing for the Sacred Journey

“We must all decolonize from the intent of how America was founded to enable us to call America home again,” says Wendsler Nosie.

The Sacred Caravan led by Apache Stronghold prepared for its journey that starts Sunday June 10 with a Traditional Sweat at the invitation of the Pomo nation of Elem colony at Clearlake Oaks, California.

Wendsler Nosien Sr. described the Sweat to us as way for us to connect to Mother Earth and her ways by entering the darkness of the womb again.

Our world is afraid of darkness and often associates it with death. But the darkness of the womb leads to life. When we entered the Sweat and the darkness we had each other as brothers, and our songs, and the sound of the drums, and water and our prayers.

The Poor People’s Campaign call for Moral Revival recognizes the need to listen and learn from indigenous native struggles which not only tell the truth about the immoral and oppressive beginning of the US but also the way forward to decolonize our destructive life ways.

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Apache Stronghold Spiritual Fleet, Sat. 6/9
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