February 2012:  O'odham Sacred Site of Quitovac once again
under threat from US Gold Mining Company Silver Scott Mines

Quitovac is the sacred ceremonial community of O'odham south of the border
in Sonora, Mexico.  Funds are needed now for travel in Sonora, and meetings
with Sonoran officials, to halt this gold mining by Silver Scott Mines.

Read Silver Scott Mines press release for an open pit gold leach mine near Quitovac.  Read Here

Click Here to Read Traditional O'odham Leaders Resolution Against the Mine
Letter from Ofelia Rivas:

Greetings,

On behalf of the O’odham (peoples) Sonora, Mexico and O’odham
from Ali Jegk community of the Tohono O’odham Nation, I am writing to
request your assistance to defend and protect our cultural significant
and sacred ceremonial site located in Quitovac, Sonora, Mexico.

The Silver Scott Mines Inc. proposed open pit mine operations will
detrimentally impact not only the health of the O’odham but will also
destruct the sensitive ecological environment within the area.

Quitovac is an ancient O’odham village and is the location of a
profoundly sacred ceremonial site continually inhabited by our people
for thousands of years. This site is also biologically sensitive
significance, as it is a precious fresh water spring-fed lagoon in the
middle of the Sonoran desert.

The impact of the water and air of this ceremonial site by an open pit
mine and contamination from its operations would devastate the
spiritual well-being of the O’odham and be a cultural and
environmental disaster is an act of genocide.

As the PROFEPA is charged with the responsibility to upholding
environmental justice and is entrusted by legal mandate to exercise its
commitment to the natural environment and the Indigenous peoples
are of the natural environment, we respectfully request that you do
everything possible to stop this proposed open pit mine operations by
Silver Scott Mines, Inc. and protect the traditional O’odham lands and
sacred ceremony site.


Respectfully,


Ofelia Rivas, Cu:Wi I-gersk Community and Ali Jegk Community

O’odham Rights-Cultural and Environmental Justice Coalition

Bradley Angel, Executive Director of Greenaction for Health and
Environmental Justice

Traditional O’odham Leaders, Governors of O’odham communities in
Sonora, Mexico

Ali Jegk community of Gu-Vo District of the Tohono O’odham Nation
Image of initial exploratory desecration at
the mining site in Quitovac.  Photo taken
January, 2012.
Image of initial exploratory desecration
at the mining site in Quitovac.  Photo
taken January, 2012.
Image of initial exploratory desecration
at the mining site in Quitovac.  Photo
taken January, 2012.