NCAI Urges Cliven Bundy to Respect Native Ancestral Sites; Cancel Rally


The following is a statement by the National Congress of American Indians in regards to a proposed rally by Cliven Bundy and his supporters:

Cliven Bundy’s group plans to ride roughshod through the Utah Canyon with a gang of all-terrain vehicles which would endanger places of cultural significance to Native peoples. Bundy thinks he is protecting his rights, but he is endangering the cultural integrity of the homelands of Native peoples.

Since well before the state of Nevada, the federal government, and farmers and ranchers occupied the area, tribal nations – including the Las Vegas Band of Paiute, Moapa Band of Paiute, and other tribes in the area – have respected and honored the Utah Canyon as a sacred place. Native peoples believe the canyon contains many markers from their ancestors. An action like this is no more appropriate than a similar activity at a church or other place of worship.

The NCAI strongly urges federal authorities to act – as part of its trust responsibility to tribal nations – to prevent this potential destruction of sacred places. We would oppose an action of this type not only by Mr. Bundy and his supporters, but by anyone with a disregard for Native peoples and cultures.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
OMG! You mean White, rednecks with guns and 4X4 vehicles don't care about NDNs, our culture, our sacred lands, our ancestors or the environment? Isn't it funny how these morons are against the government when it hits their pocket book, but all FOR the government when they came to take the Dann sisters cattle? I'd be willing to bet they're all Republicans too. Republicans have the unique ability to complain how horrible something is, then set out to prove it!