Yosemite Valley Plan
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#1 Jan 28, 2006
In the first project initiated by the National Park Service called "The Lower Yosemite Falls Corridor Project" so many losses to Indian culture as well as the environment will occur. Why? The National Park Service hides behind "enhancing the visitor experience" with a Disneyland atmosphere. Some of the main points not all of this project are listed below:
The Lower Falls project is located in an area once inhabited by Chief Ten-ie-ya, had one of the largest villages (Koom-I-Nee) which is under the area of question.The village is approximately 3 miles in length and is scheduled for total removal of obliteration. In previous archaeological discoveries(and on more than one occasion) the unearthing of human remins have been found in this area. These remains have been determined to be American Indian. The NPS denies that such remains exist even though Kathleen Hull, Anthropologist, has documented discoveries. Along with this , other discoveries have been found such as tools,obsidian flake, and beads used by Indians in the past.
This area also encompasses 56 sensitive acres of braided stream, black oak, and helimushrroms that cannot be reforested in other areas. These items are important traditional plant use.
Although awash in flood recovery money, the NPS allowed the Lower Falls area to degrade purposely to create a sense of urgency so they could begin this plan under a guise of a "Restoration Plan". This plan is far from a restoration plan-it is a total obliteration plan to American Indian history, native plants animal populations as well as sensitive ecosystems.
Widening and Adding Pathways: These pathways are actually being routed through untouched areas that contain rare bat roosting areas as well as sensitive ecosystems; also an ancient undisturbed archaeological site determined to belong to the Indians of the valley.
Disrupting,Degrading and Destroying History, Culture and Ethnographic areas belonging to the Yosemite Indian: Plans to create new trails through these areas in order to provide the visitor with a more urban landscape comes first instead of protecting Indian culture as outlined in a 1997 MOU.
The NPS has hidden the true devastation by shuffling the impacts:
Bridges: Six new bridges have been added which will prevent natural stream meandering.
A new bathroom constructed in a sensitive archaeological area that requires protection. This area will suffer because of the digging of new sewer lines when in reality the old lines can be replaced.
It is a total and absolute falsehood that the Yosemite Indians (the NPS, who have indicated don't exist) have agreed with the NPS plans to install this bathroom in this location even though at every opportunity the NPS claims this is true and precise information.
By relocating the shuttle bus stop you now spread visitors (as well as impacts) to again trample sensitive gathering areas, also impact historic, ancient and prehistoric sites, which have been well documented. The new shuttle stop will be located to allow passengers to disembark directly in front of sensitive gathering areas.
The Yosemite Valley Plan calls for allowing natural processes to revail yet this plan constrains hydrology and in turn upsets sensitive ecosystems continuity.
Today, this project is on the fast track to completion with the public remaining mostly clueless to the actual impacts that this plan will bring about. This plan does nothing but degrade,desecrate,and fails to enhance the natural beauty and pristine wilderness areas along with the long history of Indian occupation which is soon to be lost to bulldozers and $12,500,000 dollars donated by corporations such as Chevron Texaco. True Indian history will be removed from this area and replaced by fabricated NPS lies that accommodate only the Federal Government's quest to carry on their tradition of Indian Removal and Extermination
#2 Jan 28, 2006
Fall project continues,
despite strong opposition
by Kim Van Meter
of the Mariposa Tribune
YOSEMITE — For the citizens actively involved in the fight to stop the controversial Lower Yosemite Fall Project, May 16, 2002, may become a date that will live on in infamy. On that day, upon the recommendation of Park Superintendent Dave Mihalic, Pacific West Region Director John Reynolds signed the “FONSI”[finding of no significant impact] for the project, effectively freeing the project wheels to start rolling despite the expressed environmental and cultural roadblocks.
The Fall Project is the first of many scheduled beautification/restoration projects described in the controversial Yosemite Valley Plan. The Yosemite Fund, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, is contributing $8.5 million to the estimated $12.5 project price tag and the National Park Service has contributed $1.3 million from fee demo funds, while fund-raising efforts are expected to top off the pot.
The signing of the document has caused a ripple within concerned circles that is quickly turning into a wave of opposition towards the project. Using public outcry as their leverage, concerned citizens are circulating an Internet-based petition on the web to stop the Lower Yosemite Fall Project. The goal is to reach 5,000 signatures. So far, there are more than 500 comments posted and the numbers grow daily. Among the voices crying out the loudest are those of the indigenous people of Yosemite.
The Yosemite Miwuk people, who were first displaced in the 19th century by the Mariposa Battalion, again in the 1930s by the National Park Service and were later forced to witness further destruction of their culture in the late 1960s when NPS razed the existing village, are adamantly opposed to the project.
In a letter to Superintendent Mihalic, Joe Rhoan wrote,“If Lower Yosemite Fall project is allowed to continue without addressing the concerns of many Indian people, including those people who wish to voice concerns against the continual desecration of Native [American] graves and sacred lands, and all that those words encompass, NPS [National Park Service] will be acting in a manner against your own mission statement, which is to serve and protect the heritage and environment, without desecrating or removing culturally rich areas that we are connected to by blood, spirit and heritage ...
“2nd BN 42nd FA - 15D10 Lance”
Since: May 07
#3 Jul 30, 2008
Well there is a move by some Native Americans to gain sovereignty from the US because of the treaty violations. This is just another reason to keep moving ahead with their fight for freedom.
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