NPR: Tribes object. But a federal ruling approves construction of the largest lithium mine


This July 17, 2023 article written by Kirk Siegler entitled “Tribes object. But a federal ruling approves construction of the largest lithium mine” appeared on NPR’s website. 

The following was taken from the NRP article:


A U.S. Appeals court has denied a legal effort to block construction of what could be the largest lithium mine in North America, located on remote federal land near the Nevada-Oregon border.


West coast Paiute tribes and environmentalists tried for two years to block or delay Lithium Nevada’s Thacker Pass mine from being constructed. One of the arguments was that even though the land is considered sacred to some native people (and might be the site of at least two ancient massacres), the mine was fast tracked without proper consultations with Indian Country.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. government did not violate federal environmental laws when it approved the mine. The judges stated “only after the mine was approved by federal land managers did it become known that some tribes consider the land sacred.”



Further Reading

GJEP had previously shared information to Stop the Lithium Mining Project at Thacker Pass.

Additional information and updates can be found at the Ox Sam Camp website.  You can also follow Ox Sam Camp on Facebook (Ox Sam Camp), Twitter (@oxsamcamp)and Instagram (@oxsamcamp).

Information and updates can also be found at the Protect Thacker Pass website.

June 19, 2023: The website Biocentric with Max Wilbert discussed the lawsuit filed by Lithium Nevada Corporation against several people for opposing the Thacker Pass lithium mine.

June 7, 2023: The Ox Sam Camp website reported that Land Defenders were arrested and their camp raided after blocking an Excavator.

May 14, 2023: The Popular Resistance website posted an article about the Tipi that was erected at Thacker Pass.

Note: in 2021 GJEP sponsored a report on the impacts of lithium mining on the Atacama people in Chile