Protect Our Water Protectors

Protect Our Water Protectors

Dean Barlese, elder and spiritual leader from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, prays at Thacker Pass (known as “Peehee Mu’huh” in the Paiute language) on April 25th, 2023 during a non-violent action halting construction of an open-pit lithium mine. Photo by the author....
Let’s fight back together

Let’s fight back together

Yesterday, I attended a Tribal Leaders Summit at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC). The event was hosted by UNR’s Office of Indigenous Relations, University Center of Economic Development, and the Nevada Indian...
The Racism of Lithium Americas Corporation

The Racism of Lithium Americas Corporation

When worldviews collide, planet and people pay the price for ethnocentric arrogance Note: today is the 3-year anniversary of Protect Thacker Pass. The term “racism” brings to mind bigots, slurs, and the Ku Klux Klan, or the systematic disenfranchisement of certain...
There is no “better” place to mine lithium

There is no “better” place to mine lithium

At Protect Thacker Pass, we’ve heard from people who think that companies should mine lithium in Imperial Valley (“Lithium Valley”) at the Salton Sea because it would be “better” than mining lithium at Thacker Pass. To be clear up front: Protect Thacker Pass opposes...