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Pamunkey & Mattaponi need you! King William reservoir ruling?

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  • Thomas Greywolf
    Spread the Word! All who can come are encourage to do so! If you live in or near Virginia and don t want to see the life of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi peoples
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2006
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      Spread the Word!
      All who can come are encourage to do so!

      If you live in or near Virginia and don't want to see the
      life of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi peoples uprooted
      or the environment destroyed.
      Show up and show your opposition to the reservoir!

      Found on the state Commonwealth Calendar at
      http://www.townhall .virginia. gov/meeting/ viewMeeting. cfm?Meeting_ ID=7738

      State Water Control Board meeting, 9:30 AM, September 6, Wednesday
      in House Room D in the General Assembly Building at 9th and Broad.
      The meeting is open to the public. There is a 65 page agenda available, where the first item is the City of Newport News. Is this the extension of the water board permit? Does anyone know?

      According to posts here, at a public hearing held earlier most of the people who spoke were against the permit being extended. Will that matter to the state water control board?





      Read the story:
      http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/mattaponi12272004/

      http://www.southernenvironment.org/newsroom/2005/07_29_kingwilliam.htm

      http://virginia.sierraclub.org/Chapter/mattaponi.html



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    • Thomas Greywolf
      THIS IS NO LONGER A NEW BILL. BUT THIS FIGHT STILL GOES ON TODAY! PLEASE WRITE YOUR LETTERS, SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP THE MATTAPONI & PAMUNKEY PEOPLES! Your
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 3, 2006
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        THIS IS NO LONGER A NEW BILL.
        BUT THIS FIGHT STILL GOES ON TODAY!
        PLEASE WRITE YOUR LETTERS, SPREAD THE
        WORD AND HELP THE MATTAPONI & PAMUNKEY PEOPLES!


        Your Help is Needed In This Matter!
        Please pass this letter to Everyone You know and
        to Every Yahoo, MSN & AOL Native Group you can
        think of as well as www.powwows.com

        There is a New Fight being waged against the Native People in
        Virginia.

        This new process attempts to circumvent ongoing litigation, the public
        regulatory process and decades of scientific & public opposition
        from both Native and Non-Native Peoples to the King William
        Reservoir Project. If this attempt at a permit extention passes,
        irreparable harm will be done to Virginia Wetlands, Wildlife and the
        future of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Peoples.
        As well as breaking the Oldest Treaties written with any American
        Indian Tribes and the Virginia regulatory process itself. This Dam and
        Resivoir will flood existing Traditional Tribal Lands held Sacred and
        Protected by Treaty since the First English Settlers arrived.

        If you live in or near Virginia and don't want to see the
        life of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi peoples uprooted
        or the environment destroyed.
        Show up and show your opposition to the reservoir!

        Found on the state Commonwealth Calendar at
        http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/meeting/viewMeeting.cfm?Meeting_ID=7738

        State Water Control Board meeting, 9:30 AM, September 6, Wednesday
        in House Room D in the General Assembly Building at 9th and Broad.
        The meeting is open to the public. There is a 65 page agenda
        available, where the first item is the City of Newport News. Is this
        the extension of the water board permit? Does anyone know?

        According to posts here, at a public hearing held earlier most of
        the people who spoke were against the permit being extended. Will
        that matter to the state water control board?


        Read the story:

        http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/mattaponi12272004/

        http://www.southernenvironment.org/newsroom/2005/07_29_kingwilliam.htm

        http://virginia.sierraclub.org/Chapter/mattaponi.html


        Below is the Letter I sent to All of Virginia's State Legislators.
        I Urge You To Do The Same! Please feel free to replace my name
        with your own.





        Subject:Mattaponi and the Proposed Building of King William Reservoir


        Dear Elected Representative,
        The City of Newport News continues to
        misrepresent the facts on the King William Reservoir issue. After
        16 years of effort, the City's attempts to secure all of the necessary
        permits have failed. Now they wish to get an extention to permits they
        do have and should not have been granted in the first place.

        The Institute of Water Studies, and the earlier Phillips and two
        Spiegle-Muller reports all reach the same conclusion-
        "Newport News does not need this water".

        Each year, the governors of Virginia publicly accept the tribute
        of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indian Tribes as per their treaty. By
        doing so-they have acknowledged the treaty as being a valid legal
        document. In the treaty, the Mattaponi have treaty protected
        fishing and gathering rights which would be violated by the
        waterworks. This project threatens the way of life of the Mattaponi
        Native American population.

        A significant part of the area contains many archeological sites
        important to the Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes - villages, camping
        sites, burial grounds and the ISLAND where Chief Opechanacanough
        lived and ruled for many decades. As well as those sites of our
        European ancestors are treated with great respect and concern.
        The same respect and concern should be granted to these-they are not only a
        part of the history of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey-but also a great
        part of the history of the first settlers.
        Independent scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine
        Science and VMRC staff found that the project will jeopardize
        restoration of the tenuous Chesapeake Bay American shad population.

        The water intake will be constructed in the most significant
        breading and rearing areas of the American Shad in the entire state
        of Virginia. The reservoir will flood populations of threatened
        plants, such as the federally threatened plant, the small-Whorled
        Pogonia and the sensitive Joint-Vetch and also flood bald eagle
        habitat. The need for recreational facilities does not outweigh the
        loss of plant and animal life indigenous to this area.

        The National Research Council reviewed hundreds of mitigation
        projects and reported many were never even started, others weren't
        completed and those that were finished failed 83% of the time. Ohio
        is just one of many states that have lost 90% of its wetlands.

        Studies have also concluded that replacement wetlands are NOT
        equivalent to the natural wetlands they are to substitute for.
        Again, the need for recreational facilities does not outweigh the
        loss of plant and animal life indigenous to this area or breaking
        of Treaties with the Original Peoples of this land.

        As a tax-paying citizen of the United States of America I ask the
        State of Virginia lawmakers set aside the 1500 acres of land the
        Reservoir would flood along with the 1,089 acres of upland the Reservoir
        would impact as "State Protected Land" in order to insure the habitat
        and continuity of all the species found there and ask that the State
        prevent any future agricultural, residential or reservoir development
        from ever occuring upon this land.

        I also request that the State of Virginia make a permanent
        arrangement to ensure the protection and observance of the treaty,
        and to ensure that the fishing and gathering rights of the Mattaponi
        be observed, honored and protected for ALL TIME.

        The General Assembly's chief responsibilities are to represent
        citizens in the formulation of public policy.
        Those Official's who Allow a permit extention at this State Water
        Control Board meeting, 9:30 AM, September 6, 2006 will be remembered
        come election day! YOU CAN BANK ON IT!

        Sincerely,
        Thomas Greywolf Atkins
        Chickahominy/Mattaponi/U.S.Citizen
        Founder- The American Indian Injustice Group






        This Letter was sent to the
        Following E-Mail Addresses, just copy & paste
        the Virginia officials into your CC: line and
        the Media into your To: line.
        Then delete everything except the letter with your
        name in place of mine and hit send.



        Virginia Officials:
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