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  • Writer's pictureAntonio Gonzales

The Battle for the Sacred Medicine Lake Highlands

We need YOU to join us! From time immemorial, the Medicine Lake Highlands, also sacredly known to the Pit River People as "Saht Tit Lah" (Obsidian Knife Lake) has been a place of special significance. To this day, Indigenous people come from near and far to utilize this sacred place on a regular basis for healing, religious ceremony, and tribal gatherings. The Medicine Lake Highlands continue to face destructive geothermal development by Calpine Energy Corporation. 5 new proposed geothermal power plant projects threatened to poison the sacred waters of Medicine Lake. The Pit River Tribe will have a charter bus available for tribal members that want to attend the hearing. The bus will leave PRHS at 5 AM on Thursday March 12th, and return within the same day. Seating will be at a first come, first serve basis. Bring ID to enter the court house. Intertribal Sunrise Prayer Vigil Ceremonial Gathering, march, rally, & press conference. Thursday March 12, 2015 7AM: Sunrise Prayer Vigil -- Ohlone Welcoming by Corrina Gould & Anthony Sul Ceremonial gathering at Yerba Buena Gardens 4th and Howard near the courthouse, SF. 8AM: Protect Water & Sacred Sites, Defend Human Rights March from Yerba Buena Park going to the James R.Browning US Courthouse - 9th Circuit; 95 Seventh Street; San Francisco, CA 9AM: Rally & Prayers outside the Courthouse. 9:00 AM Court Hearing --PIT RIVER TRIBE; NATIVE COALITION FOR MEDICINE LAKE HIGHLANDS DEFENSE; MOUNT SHASTA BIOREGIONAL ECOLOGY CENTER; SAVE MEDICINE LAKE COALITION; MEDICINE LAKE CITIZENS FOR QUALITY ENVIRONMENT, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT; U.S. DEPARMENT OF THE INTERIOR; UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE; UNITED STATES DEPARMENT OF AGRICULTURE; CALPINE CORPORATION, Defendants-Appellees at the Ninth Circuit Appeals 95 East 7th street SF Press Conference on the steps of the 9th Circuit courthouse immediately afterwords - estimated time is between 10:15 & 11:00AM. More info: 530.335.5421 Ext.1205 #ProtectMedicineLake #ProtectTheSacred

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