Ward Valley, CA: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will be hosting the 21st Annual Ward Valley Spiritual Gathering on Saturday.

Ward Valley, CA: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will be hosting the 21st Annual Ward Valley Spiritual Gathering on Saturday.

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will be hosting the 21st Annual Ward Valley Spiritual Gathering starting at between 9:00 a.m. (MST) on February 16th, 2019 in Ward Valley, California.

Ward Valley, California is located about 24 miles west of Needles, California along Interstate 40 at Water Road.

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, along with supporters from the other Five River Tribes and environmental activists and allies, will gather to commemorate the 113-day occupation that lead to the historic victory defeating the proposed nuclear waste dump at Ward Valley.

In addition to honoring these individuals and organizations for the hard work, courage and dedication they brought to the successful occupation, it is also a remembrance filled with songs from the Fort Mojave Tribal Band, traditional Bird Singing and Dancing, a Spirit Run, tributes, recognition and a history of Ward Valley.

In 1998 the occupation of the proposed dump site by the five river tribes: the Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Quechan, Cocopah and Colorado River Indian Tribes; along with environmental activists, took place at the Ward Valley site to fight and stop the proposed dump.

These resistance efforts prevented law enforcement from the Bureau of Land Management from entering the site, effectively stopping any test drilling or development. Protesting that the waste dump would have desecrated sacred land, the tribes and activists prevailed when the U.S. Department of the Interior rescinded an eviction notice and canceled the test drilling.

The Interior Department terminated all actions regarding the Ward Valley dump proposal on November 2, 1999, ending the fight with victory for the tribes and activists.

For more information about the gathering, please contact the Fort Mojave Public Relations Department at: 1 (760) 629-4591 or e-mail publicrelations@fortmojave.com

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