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
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
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:
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!
Thomas Greywolf Atkins
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.
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