During the Spring of 2001, I journeyed to Newe Sogobia, sacred lands of the Western Shoshone for a week of education, actions and most important, prayer, in resistance to the U.S. Government and its vile desecrations at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site.
After the events were over and most everyone had traveled back to their homes, a few of us camped over an extra night. It is that night which stands so clearly in my memory. I woke up about 3:00 a.m.
I laid there for a short time and then I felt something subtle. I kept very still and I felt vibrations emanating from the Earth. They weren't originating near the surface. In my stillness they stopped, started, stopped again and on and on. Timed detonations in a rhythmic pattern. It was no earthquake. Gaia is random and chaotic when She bellows. This was orderly and sequential, this was human generated and some form of underground testing was occurring. The U.S. Government was raping Mother Earth. I felt very small knowing that all I could do in that moment was to be a witness.
I carried those vibrations with me on the Hiroshima FlameWalk of 2002 and the Family Spirit Walk later that same year. Both walks with Spiritual Intent towards the abolishment of Nuclear madness. Through them, I found people all across this country working towards the same end, from the very young to the very old, all colors, all beliefs, rich and poor. They became my UNITED states. One of the few times I have felt at home in this bloodthirsty nation.
Then the U.S. invasion of Iraq occurred and my focus shifted.
Today I read about the proposed above ground testing about to occur on June 2, 2006 at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site named Divine Strake. I am once again riveted to turn and shift.
I urge you to visit The Nuclear Information Project website. It documents nuclear policy and operations utilizing declassified government documents. It provides a very good overview of the technical aspects of this test and contains maps and illustrations.
Shundahai Network has a special section on their website dedicated specifically to the Divine Strake Test.
The April 4, 2006 joint press release of Shundahai Network and Western Shoshone Defense Project.
Quoted in that release:
Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and Executive Director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project, "The U.S. has named this 700 ton explosive 'Divine Strake'. It's a mystery why they use 'devine.' Isn't 'devine' used for your deity, God, Your sacredness? Why don't they call it 'Hell Strake?' I believe when you are working testing weaponry of destruction of life, you should not associate it with 'devine.' We want this insanity to stop - no more bombs and no more testing."
According to Raymond Yowell, Chief of the Western Shoshone National Council, "We're opposed to any further military testing on Shoshone lands. This is a direct violation of the CERD finding and an affront to our religious belief - Mother Earth is sacred and should not be harmed. All people who are opposed to these actions by the U.S. should step forward and make their opposition known."
I have to repeat his last sentence:
"All people who are opposed to these actions by the U.S. should step forward and make their opposition known."