After fire; DUCK VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION VISIT…. September 03, 2007 3:20 PM

After fire; DUCK VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION VISIT…. September 03, 2007 3:20 PM


As I traveled south I stopped by the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Oh you remember the place that help forgot. Fact is, after talking with a few elders there, I was informed the Feds never came through; especially this so called “Homeland Security Agency”. It was all done by grass roots efforts and when the other Native Nations got wind of the disaster, help poured in. At one location alone, their food cooperative received over two and a half semi loads of food.

Yea got to love the timing though. I received an urgent message for help from a girl on the rez on Sunday and began sending out stories as I received news and information. On Monday, the Tribe declared a state of emergency. By then the story was already on its way around the world.

It is incomprehensible to me that a community with at risk seniors on meds, dialysis and other electronic devices as well as infants were of no concern to the officials from Homeland Security. Wonder if any of them boneheads are descendants of Custer or Chivington? What do you expect; after all we are a conquered people and I guess we are destined to live in third world conditions till the Earth Changes re sets the clock. Guess you need bodies bloating on the streets or OIL before you can get their attention. Since the rez is so isolated, approximately 100 miles in either direction before reaching civilization, maybe Big Brother thought no one would hear about it and another pesky Native Nation simply would disappeared.

I was told of a story about an elderly man who gave all his food to the children in his neighborhood so they would not go hungry. Common folks band together along with church groups to bring in what supplies they could. Fuel was always a concern since it was a 200 mile round trip. And when the generators finally arrived the cost of fuel was astronomical at best. I traveled on both roads; one from the north and one from the south and its total isolation and the terrain is bleak and foreboding in many areas. Fact is the rez is located in an Oasis of sorts and surrounded by volcanic rocks and pinnacles.

Thankfully, there were no deaths and life has gone back to normal for the most part. But the scars from ambivalence still tell a compelling story. The scars from ambivalence are worn by all us Indigenous Dudes and Dudettes anyway, comes with the turf. If yea wanna play Injun, yea have to learn how to except being ignored and forgotten. And of course we can’t forget Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Just listen to our oral histories, I mean the real and stark ones the old timers tell us in private. Does not matter which tribe since they all tell tales of betrayal, broken promises, murder and rape.

The list of social ills goes on and on and never seems to get addressed by our stewards, the U.S. Government. I liken our condition to that of an inmate in a correctional institution trying to get compassion from a prison guard. All we get is solitary confinement in return for our efforts. Many of my people refer to our reservations as a fenceless prison camp but without three squares meals a day and decent living conditions. Just so you know, in many places I’ve traveled over the years we don’t drink the tap water. Good thing to, I bet the contaminants would alter my DNA anyway. Gads, don’t get me started eh. I remember when sewage water was “accidentally” piped into our drinking supply. And it happened to several other reservations both in the US and Canada, all around the same time frame, “accidentally” of course. What a coincidence, hmmmm. Why do I hear Gary Owen playing in the back ground?

Yup, The Native Telegraph is alive and well and I’m just one of the operators.

Your Devils Advocate
Creativity is the byproduct of a fertile mind


Jul 23, 2007
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Volunteer
Location: Nevada, United States

There is a dire emergency at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in
Owyhee Nevada. It’s a very isolated reservation on the Nevada/Idaho
border. One of the many fires that have been burning out of control
in the west devastated this little village and people are suffering
without water and electricity for 5 day now with no relief in sight.
Food is going bad since there is no electricity since all the power
poles are burned to a crisp. The elderly and the children are taking
a direct hit as water supplies dwindle and food is in short supply.
Since there is no power the heat is taking its toll and there is
human suffering since there has been no aid. If ever there was a time
for The People to pull together it’s now.

So give these people a chance to survive in this blistering heat.
Give them a call and see what you can do. These are our brothers and
sister who are literally baking in the hot Nevada sun. If nothing is
done like soon, there will be fatalities as the elderly will soon
expire from the heat and the lack of water.

This is a human tragedy in the making and they need help now. Do you
think the feds will help them? Well it’s been 5 days now and do the
math. Lives will soon be lost if help does not get there soon.
Please, Please contact them anddo your bit for our relations………….


The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes has a set up a bank account
for those organizations or persons that would like to
donate. This is to help the tribe overcome what has
become a heart ache to most of the people on the
Reservation. Thanks again.

Account information:
Great Basin Bank (775)748-4431
Elko, Nevada 89801
Attn: Angie Thomas

Wells Fargo Bank
Attn: Emergency Fund

For contact info for Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Headquarters: (775)757-3211, Press “0” for operator.
Tribal Chairman: Kyle Prior
Tribal Vice Chairman: Robert Bear
Tribal Advisor: Herman Atkins
Emergency Relief Info.(775)757-2922
These personal can assist in all ways.

Contact info: Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Sho-Pai Fire Station
1935 FireLane PO Box 219 89832
Ask for Brent Hunter, or you may contact me here in Elko,NV, Si
Thomas 775-777-7739

Hu Ho


I just talked with several tribal members there. It’s happening eh. Call them yourself and you will see. I always research my stories before I go to the press

Your  Brother


Hello Native Times, Duck Valley crisis over !Aug 10, 2007

Aug 10, 2007

Hello Native Times, wondered where you were?
Duck Valley crisis over

By JoKay Dowell 8/9/2007

After forest fires spread close enough to burn power lines, sever electrical power, and create a week-long emergency situation on the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Indian reservation, Tribal Chairman Kyle Prior said the crisis is over.

As of today, we are no longer in a crisis, Prior said. On Monday, July 30, it was officially declared over.

Duck Valley, which straddles the Idaho-Nevada border, lost power July 16 after a fire, started by lightning, torched more than 250 power poles, Prior said. He then declared a state of emergency due to the summer heat and lack of water in the community.

The tribe’s administration provided water, ice, propane, flashlights, battery-operated fans and generators for the elderly and those with medical needs. Assistance from neighboring tribal nations came pouring n after word got out that Duck Valley was in trouble.

Many tribes in the state of Nevada and Idaho gave generously to our tribes. The San Manuel people gave generously with their $50,000. The Coure D’ Alene Tribes and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Yerington Paiute, Duckwater Shoshones, Temoak Band of Western Shoshones also gave generously, Prior said. Many phone calls were received from tribes asking what they could do to help. At this time we are no longer taking any donations of any type.

Prior also said churches and other organizations came to Duck Valleys aid.

Many people donated and were helpful. The Presbyterian, LDS, and Baptist churches were very helpful. The food banks from Idaho and Nevada played a large role, he said.

The DVSP Food Distribution program coordinated the food collection and distribution efforts.

Many members lost frozen meat and groceries, including deer meat they had been saving for later in the year as the community is some what isolated and members supplement their diets by hunting.

Some members fled their homes for motels due to the heat and smell of the fire, claiming that the DVSP administration was not doing enough to help members, according to reports in the Elko (NV) Daily Free Press.

But Prior said the tribe’s budget was adversely impacted by the crisis,due to costs for emergency supplies and generators to help the elderly and those with medical needs, who were assisted first. He said the tribe is working with state and federal officials to address those issues and the tribe will take the necessary steps to recover.

First is to make sure our Tribal government can function properly. We have not put out an official amount of dollars spent during their mmediate crisis, but we are around the $300,000 mark, which for a small tribal government like ours is a huge amount, Prior said. That figure includes the cost of ice, generators, supplies purchased before donations. Once damages are assessed, like those sustained by our computer servers, electrical infrastructure at the hospital and over time for our fire department, we will have a much better picture of the price.”

Prior said the community is thankful for the support they received and that no lives were lost. He said tribe members will unite and over come this crisis as they have others in the past. Prior said his administration is working with members to organize events, such as barbecues to bring the people together. They also have traditional ceremonies to carry on.

Allowing for some community gatherings is important. Our traditional people are holding a sun dance this week, Prior said. We had no lives lost. There were some incidents related to the stressful situation, but nothing major.

Although the Duck Valley people are no longer accepting monetary or nutritional donations, Prior said there are spiritual needs, and obligations to return the gifts received, reciprocity, as is the Indian way.

Good thoughts and prayers going out to the people is what we need inthis time of recovery, Prior said. We have already started talking about what we can do to give back, to keep this cycle of good will and doing good for others going.

Back up News, Disaster News Network: Jul 25, 2007 Dozens of wildfires still burning in West

Disaster News Network: Dozens of wildfires still burning in West …

Jul 25, 2007 … At the Idaho-Nevada border, the Duck Valley Indian Reservation remained … In the West, fires were burning in California, Utah, Montana, …

Higher humidity and some rain Tuesday helped firefighters in the battle with a massive wildfire burning in Idaho and Nevada, one of dozens of large fires still burning across the West. Forecasters warned that scattered dry thunderstorms could move into the region Wednesday afternoon which could spark additional fires.

As firefighters made progress on the nearly 600,000-acre Murphy Complex wildfire, the last of the evacuation orders was lifted Tuesday for the small town of Jarbidge, Nev. The most active part of the fire was in Nevada, where five other fires were burning. At the Idaho-Nevada border, the Duck Valley Indian Reservation remained without power for another day after the fire burned utility poles last week. The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe declared a state of emergency for the reservation.

More firefighters – now totaling about 730 – were brought in to battle the blaze which was 20 percent contained. Officials said they expected full containment Aug. 4.

Nationwide, 42 large wildfires were reported burning in 11 states on Tuesday covering nearly 1.5 million acres, the National Interagency Fire Center reported. In the West, fires were burning in California, Utah, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. The Murphy Complex fire was one of 14 blazes in Idaho that have scorched more than 840,000 acres in that state.



Jul 25, 2007

A new entry has been posted to the Journal:
Raven’s Lament
Subject: Anyone Else See The Irony Of This?
Author: rdautumnsage
Am I the only one the irony is lost with this one? A close friend of mine Anne from “Beauty In Art” posted this in her journal. The irony for me-this is worthy of front page news. Yet I had to hear this second hand from someone else …

I even asked Doc if he had heard anything as far as media coverage on this fire. He was surprised that with the enormosity, there had been nothing to speak of mentioned. It’s not often the pissed off Native comes out of me. But I’m spitting furious right now. These people are human just like the rich residents of California that lost their homes. We heard endless coverage of the wildfires there. So what gives? And you wonder why so many Native Americans are still furious, still fighting, still screaming.

Don’t even begin to bring up the casinos. Those enterprises rarely go toward helping those in need on the reservations themselves. In this case it seems we are justified in feeling the negligence of our own government. I don’t see Bush, Cheney checking to see if these people are safe. What’s the difference Mr. President not enough publicity helping the Natives of this country? Is this what we call fair treatment???? Unfortunately I’m on a limited budget, but I can guarantee you when I get the funds I’m going to do what I can to help. Every little bit helps. It doesn’t matter what color their skin is they are still Americans, they are still human , woman, children, families that need help! I’m asking one friend to another if you can help in any way please not for me but these people that need our help. If you can do nothing more than pass this on to others to let everyone know of their plight it will have been something.

What the hell has this country come to, when help is determined by the color of your skin? I am so disheartened by the lack of attention to this matter, it’s unbelievable. I really don’t give a damn about some celebrity princess falling off her high horse. This is reality, this is life. Please, whatever you can do to bring this to the attention of others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! From my spirit to yours stay safe and loved!

Actually Hon, that’s what a lot of us Natives have been asking for a while. If any  a very small percentage does go there. Most of it is used to benefit the owners of the casinos the tribal elders. Tribal elders are no longer what they used to be. Most are more white thinking in the aspects of greed and looking out for themselves. It’s sad that most people are really unaware of this. They look at the casinos and think we are well off. Is well off living in a small home with no insulation, no running water, still using out houses ? I’ve lived in trailers in better conditions then some of the homes on the reservations. (Hugs) Indigo
#2 Comment from
rdautumnsage – 7/25/07 4:55 PM

It isn’t fair. But, I think it’s all about money. The coverage in CA and in Lake Tahoe was intense because of a lot of loss of money…and isn’t that what makes the world go ’round? The almighty dollar! That’s what will make the front page, sadly.
I thought the Casinos did help the Native Americans. I really thought they did receive money from them. They are peppered all through our state here. And when I drove up to WA from CA they were found about every 25 miles or so. So where does the money go?
Pam xoxox
#1 Comment from
lanurseprn – 7/25/07 4:44 PM

Duck Valley Reservation in Dire Need! – Please forward to all of your lists. Thank you.

I spoke with Kyle  Prior – Chairman, and Robert Bear – Vice Chairman, and the Council of Elders at the Duck Valley Reservation in a telephone conference. A more recent report states that their power has been restored, etc. This is only partially true. The Tribe has almost depleted what little tribal money they had , which were intended to carry the Elders & children through the winter season, to buy portable generators, fuel to run them, bottled water, and dry ice to try and keep their perishable food safe for as long as possible.  I have been charged by the Creator to try and spread the word in order to help our Brothers & our Sisters…even though they are not Cherokee….they are still Native Americans….over 2,400 have been effected by this tragedy….mostly Elders & Children. They have been unable to take showers. The water supply is contaminated with ashes. The generators are being used to try and keep their People as cool as possible. If you are able to help, I urge you to please to so…even the smallest donation will bring a blessing. They are still trying to get a committment from the US Government to help. It has now been 11 days!!!  Even if you are unable to send a donation at the present time, if you are able to do so anytime during this winter season, it will help. And most importantly Pray to the Creator!  I was told that donations can also be sent directly to the Reservation to help them recover some of their costs.      Angela/ WindDancing   Please send to:    Disaster Fund  Duck Valley Reservation  P.O. Box 219  Owyhee, Nevada   89832