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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Our sisters need help

Lipan Apache Women Border Defense

Western Shoshone Defense Project

So-Ho-Bi (South Fork) office:
775-744-2565 (fax and phone)

Main office:
P.O. Box 211308
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
Newe Sogobi
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-----Original Message-----
From: Tamez, Margo [mailto:mtamez@wsu.edu]
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 1:43 PM

Press Release: For Wide Distribution

From: Margo Tamez (Lipan Apache, Jumano Apache)

December 6, 2007

RE: Chertoff Announces Eminent Occupation of Land Title Holders
Refusing to Sign NSA Waivers

Dear supporters of the Lipan Apache Women Title Holder Defenders:

Ahi'i'e for all your wonderful outpouring of support to our elders
of El Calaboz. We need your help on our continuing efforts to protect
and keep safe the elders of our struggle against U.S. tyranny.

Today we have serious news to share and to update on the situation
unfolding in the traditional lands of the Lipan Apache communities of
the Mexico-US militarized border region.

Chertoff announced plans to force occupation of South Texas
families who refuse to allow the government access to their lands. See the
story in the Houston Chronical

United States occupation of South Texas people refusing Homeland
Security access to their traditional lands is EMINENT. 'Refusers' such
as the Lipan Apache Land Grant Women Defense, led by my mother, Dr.
Eloisa Garcia Tamez (Lipan Apache, Basque-Apache), in the rancheria of El
Calaboz, have frustrated the NSA, Border Patrol and Army Corps of
Engineers officials for over two years, and increasingly in the last two

Using tactics such as public announcements over the news service,
used as intimidation and as psychological warfare--NSA/Chertoff exploits
the press to prepare the nation to invade South Texas--and indigenous
peoples--who are being 'architected as the perpetual enemies of the
United States. This is an old story of genocidal tactics and

This scenario played out before, in 19th century, in 20th century.
And now the 21st, my mother, the 'child of lightning ceremony', is
fighting for the vestiges of our traditional lands. My mother, and the
ancestors of 'the place where the Lipan pray', have been critical to our
land-based struggle, and they are leaders in an Apache struggle in the
Mexico-US International Boundary region. Our elder voices direct us
in a huge role that Apache people will play in standing up against
tyranny of the settler society. We cannot do this without the support and
the solidarity of our indigenous sisters and brothers who are also at
the forefront of the 21st century battles for our rights as indigenous
peole with ancient footprints on this land.

My mother, at this stage of our community-based struggle, indicates
that she is prepared to receive national and international support for
our small community on the peripheries of U.S. empire. She wrote a
comment on the page of this newsstory out of Houston, Texas.

Today we are submitting our comments to the Environmental Impact
Statement authorities, and parallel to that we are submitting an indepth
case study of our histories under U.S., Mexican, Spanish, Vatican and
corporate domination to the International Indian Treaty Council shadow
report to be submitted to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of
Racism and Racial Discrimination in December.

Please read Chertoff's public announcement to occupy South Texas
oppressed groups, and pass on WIDELY to all networks. I'm going to
attache the CENSORED story, so new folks to our struggle can become educated
rapidly. In peace in the struggle against tyranny.

Margo Tamez

(Lipan Apache, Jumano Apache)


American Indian Airwaves interview of Margo Tamez: "The
Militarization of Indigenous Women's Lives at the Mexico-U.S. International Boundary.

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