By Bryan Parras
By Bryan Parras, TEJAS

On Saturday, April 17, 2016, caravans of peoples from across Texas (and even as far as California and Canada) gathered in Eagle Pass, Texas to join the local community in a 9-mile prayer walk and protest to shut down the Dos Republicas coal mine.

The Facebook event page states, “This Native-led action raises the voice of the Earth and her people who object to the desecration of the land, air, and water. The Dos Republicas Coal Mine is destroying the ancestral homelands of many Native groups, thus damaging our sacred lands and over 100 archaeological sites. The mine also threatens the drinking water supply, plants, animals, and the environment of the entire region.  The Native peoples of Texas are united in the protection of our Mother Earth. Please join the thousands of Eagle Pass residents who have signed-on in opposition to the Dos Republicas Coal Mine by walking with us on April 16th. This is a Native-led action, but all respectful allies are welcome and encouraged to participate.”

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March on the mine! Native Texans United flyer.

The gathering was organized by Equilibrio Norte in conjunction with the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Pacuache Band Coahuiltecan Nation, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of TexasComanche Nation of OklahomaAmerican Indian Movement of Central Texas and of South California, TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), ATX EJ, Southwest Workers Union, Kalpulli Ameyaltonal TejaztlanMaverick County Environmental and Public Health Association, and the Coalition for a Clean Maverick County.  Organizations such as the Brown Berets also attended as well as 200+ individuals to take a stand with the local community in calling for the Dos Republicas coal mine to be shut down.

Tribes in attendance included: Borrado, Carrizo Comecrudo, Cherokee (Aniyunwiya), Chippewa, Chumash, Comanche (by resolution), Creek (Muscogee), Dine’, Hopi, Huasteca/Zapotec, Kickapoo, Lipan Apache, Mescalero Apache, Mexica/Nahua, Mi-Wuk, Otumban, Pacuache Coahuiltecan, Pawnee, Pomo, Purepecha, Raramuri, Shi’sh N’de, Southern Cheyenne, Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan, Tongva, Xicanx, Yaqui, and Yoeme.

Here is a video that was recently released about the mine:


By Bryan Parras (TEJAS)
By Bryan Parras (TEJAS)
How you can help
  1. Sign the online petition.
  2. Connect with the organizations listed above to stay tuned for updates.
  3. Share this link and resource with students, kids, friends, and family.  Talk about this historical moment and how you can get involved.

 


The following is a public community archive of videos and photos taken during the event.  They are divided into three sections: interviews, event, and photos.

The live stream videos were taken by Bryan Parras (TEJAS), Miguel Bravo (AIM SoCal), Laura Rios Ramirez (Kalpulli Ameyaltonal) and the Coalition for a Clean Maverick County.  A special thank you goes out to Bryan Parras for conducting the interviews in addition to documenting the event.  The photos (found at the bottom of this post) are thanks to Pablo Mancias and Vanessa Ramos.

The videos are sorted chronologically in two categories, one depicting the event and another containing an interview series with participants. If you would like to add your names or videos to this article, please contact us.


Interviews
 

Event
 
 

Photos

By Pablo Mancias

By Vanessa Ramos