Build Pressure

What you can do

We are here to protect Thacker Pass, sacred land of regional tribes, which is imminently threatened by an open-pit lithium mine. We stand in solidarity with native people against the destruction of cultural sites. We need you!

Pressure Decision Makers – Call every day!

Express your opposition to this project and demand the permits be rejected and rolled back. CALL EVERY DAY!

  1. Call Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and ask her to revoke the permits for the Thacker Pass lithium mine! Ask that the Department of the Interior order the Bureau of Land Management to stop any disturbance of cultural sites in Thacker Pass so that meaningful, government-to-government consultation can happen with local tribes. And finally, request that Secretary Haaland personally meet with representatives of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Burns Paiute Tribe, and Winnemucca Indian Colony to hear their concerns about the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Project. Call 202-208-3100, then Press 3, then press 0 to leave a comment, or email feedback@ios.doi.gov (and copy your email to contact at protectthackerpass.org)
  2. Call Raul Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee at (202) 225-2435 (web contact) and ask him to investigate the crimes being committed at Thacker Pass against Native American Tribes!
  3. Call Far Western Anthropological Research Group, and tell them they are about to desecrate a sacred site against the wishes of regional tribes! Call both numbers, (530) 756-3941 and (775) 847-0223, or email craig@farwestern.com (and copy your email to contact at protectthackerpass.org).
  4. Call Kathleen Rehberg, BLM Field Manager at Humboldt River Field Office and tell her this illegal project will not stand! 775-623-1739 or krehberg@blm.gov (and copy your email to contact at protectthackerpass.org).
  5. Call Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen and tell her this illegal project will not stand! Ask her to meet with her constitutents who are against the mine to learn more about the harms the mine will bring to Nevada citizens. Call 775-337-0110 or email.
  6. Call Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and tell them to rescind the Air Pollution Control permit and Water Quality permits for Thacker Pass Mining Project.

TALKING POINTS

Express your opposition to this project and demand the permits be rejected and rolled back.

  • Introduce yourself. If you’re a tribal member, or have relevant qualifications, say so.
  • Say “I am concerned about the planned Thacker Pass lithium mine in Northern Nevada.”
  • Tell them that “Three federally-recognized tribes have sued the BLM over this project, alleging there was NO consultation with native tribes. This is illegal!”
  • Use facts from our factsheet
  • Say “Thank you.”

Find your Senators and Representatives at https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm and https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Write letters to the editor and op-eds to local and regional papers in Nevada, surrounding states, and globally.

Sample letter to the editor of Elko Daily, by Alex Eisenberg

In this letter to the editor, directed to the Governor of Nevada, Alex identifies an article the letter is in response to, and what she is asking the governor to do (divest from lithium mining). She describes exactly what the article gets wrong, asks several pointed questions urging the Governor to consider not supporting lithium mining in Nevada, and outlines why with data she learned from the Protect Thacker Pass website.

Sample op-ed to the Sierra Nevada Ally, by Max Wilbert

Max submitted this op-ed in response to a letter by the CEO of Lithium Nevada, which made several claims about the benefits of lithium mining and electric cars in reducing greenhouse gas pollution. He first outlines why readers should care about Thacker Pass, and the wildlife and plants who live there, and articulates how he values the land and the Paiute Shoshone people who depend on the land. He then rebuts the CEO’s points with hard data making a clear case for why Thacker Pass Lithium Mine will not help reduce emissions, will destroy critical habitat, and will lead to more pollution, not less. He includes powerful quotes from James Baldwin to help make his point.

Sample response to the NDEP permits, by Max Wilbert, published on Protect Thacker Pass

Protect Thacker Pass published this response to the permits issued by NDEP on February 25, 2022. These permits permit the pollution of the air, water, and land at Thacker Pass, and allow the Lithium Nevada corporation to escape liability for inflicting these harms. Late 2021 at the public hearings about these permits, we predicted the permits would be issued because an NDEP employee has said that NDEP “never denies permits”. In our response we write about how the regulatory agencies in the United States are designed to permit harm by corporations, rather than to protect the environment. We quote Jane Anne Morris to help make our point about regulatory capture by industry, and back this up with public information about the results of the lobbying Lithium Nevada has done to ensure access to these public lands for mining.

 

Social media:

Use hashtags: #ProtectThackerPass #WaterIsLife #LandIsLife #LoyaltyToLandAndLife #KeepItInTheGround #DefendTheSacred

Tag officials and the media:

@BLMNV@BLMnational@SecDebHaaland, @Interior, @LithiumAmericas, @BBCEnvironment, @BBCJustinR@maddow, @NBCNews, @NBCNightlyNews, @ABC, @CBSNews, @AP, @thedailybeast, @washingtonpost, @Nightline, @CNN, @andersoncooper, @TheAtlantic, @60Minutes, @EconUS, @USAToday, @NPR, @Marketplace, @business 

and any others you read, watch, and listen to.

Repost, share, retweet, and tag posts on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectThackerPass
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ProtectThackerPass
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProtectThPass
Blog: https://www.protectthackerpass.org/blog/

Add your name

Join those who stand opposed to the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine by adding your name, or the name of your organization, to our growing list of supporters.

Call script for legislators and officials:

Call Senator Rosen as well as your own Senators.

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (Nevada)
Phone: 202-224-6244
Email: https://www.rosen.senate.gov/contact_jacky

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is ________ .

(If you’re a tribal member, state: I’m a member of the _______Tribe).

Nevada has nearly 8,000 lithium mining claims. Our state is being asked to becoming a sacrifice zone for lithium mining. I am specifically calling about the Thacker Pass lithium mine.

Thacker Pass (Peehee mm’huh) is sacred land, and it is legally and morally important that BLM engage in meaningful government to government consultation with not just the Fort McDermitt Tribe, but with all ten regional tribes who have historical and current connections to the Thacker Pass area.

Because the BLM has not engaged in meaningful consultation, or in most of the tribes’ cases, any consultation at all, the Thacker Pass Project’s Record of Decision and Plan of Operations must be rescinded.

The ten tribes include the Fort McDermott Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, Locklock Paiute Tribe, Battle Mountain Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

All of these tribes assert that Thacker Pass is a spiritually powerful place blessed by the presence of ancestors and spirits; contains their traditional foods and medicine; has been a place where their people have gathered obsidian to make arrowheads and other significant tools for thousands of years; provides habitat for wildlife they hunt including groundhog and mule deer; and is home to sacred golden eagles.

I am CALLING/WRITING to request that Senator _______ ask the Department of the Interior rescind the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Project Record of Decision and Plan of Operations.

I also request that the Senator urge the Department of the Interior to stop any disturbance of cultural sites in Thacker Pass so that meaningful, government-to-government consultation can happen with local tribes.

Finally, I request that Senator _______ personally meet with Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone tribal members to hear their concerns about the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Project.

Thank you.

 

Call scripts for Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Archeology

Bryan Hockett, BLM Nevada lead archeologist
Phone: 775-861-6546
Email: b50hocke@blm.gov

Madeline Ware Van der Voort, BLM Associate State Archeologist, Nevada
Email: Mvandervoort@blm.gov

BLM Project Lead for the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine, Ken Loda
(775) 623-1500
kloda@blm.gov

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is ________ .
(If you’re a tribal member, state: I’m a member of the _______Tribe).

Thacker Pass (Peehee mm’huh) is sacred land, and it is legally and morally important that BLM engage in meaningful government to government consultation with not just the Fort McDermitt Tribe, but with all ten regional tribes who have historical and current connections to the Thacker Pass area.

Because the BLM has not engaged in meaningful consultation, or in most of the tribes’ cases, any consultation at all, the Thacker Pass Project’s Record of Decision and Plan of Operations must be rescinded.

The ten tribes include the Fort McDermott Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, Locklock Paiute Tribe, Battle Mountain Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

All of these tribes assert that Thacker Pass is a spiritually powerful place blessed by the presence of ancestors and spirits; contains their traditional foods and medicine; has been a place where their people have gathered obsidian to make arrowheads and other significant tools for thousands of years; provides habitat for wildlife they hunt including groundhog and mule deer; and is home to sacred golden eagles.

BLM Winnemucca District Office must understand that Thacker Pass is a shared use area by a number of tribes. Just because regional tribes have been isolated and forced onto reservations relatively far away from Thacker Pass does not mean these regional tribes do not possess cultural connections to the Pass.

Thank you.

Managers and Directors

Ester McCullough, BLM Winnemucca District Manager
775-623-1500
wfoweb@blm.gov (attn: Ester McCullough)

Jon Raby, BLM Nevadą State Director
775-861-6400
BLM_NV_NVSO_web_mail@blm.gov

Nada Wolff Culver, Acting BLM Director
202-208-3801
BLM_Press@blm.gov (attn: Nada Wolff Culver)

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is ________ .
(If you’re a tribal member, state: I’m a member of the _______Tribe).

Nevada has nearly 8,000 lithium mining claims. I am specifically calling about the planned Thacker Pass lithium mine.

On June 7th, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland wrote that “Preserving our historic sites and lands for future generations is at the heart of what we do at Interior. [The President] and I remain committed to centering the voices, history, and stories of those who have been unrepresented and underrepresented.”

Joe Biden, on January 26th, released an executive order stating that “It is a priority of my Administration to make respect for Tribal sovereignty and self-governance, commitment to fulfilling Federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations, and regular, meaningful, and robust consultation with Tribal Nations cornerstones of Federal Indian policy.”

The Bureau of Land Management and the Biden administration are violating indigenous rights by permitting the destruction of Thacker Pass. Thacker Pass is sacred land, and it is legally and morally important that BLM engage in meaningful government to government consultation with all ten regional tribes who have historical and current connections to the Thacker Pass area.

The government must LISTEN when the tribes say “NO.”

All of these tribes assert that Thacker Pass is a spiritually powerful place blessed by the presence of ancestors and spirits; contains their traditional foods and medicine; has been a place where their people have gathered obsidian to make arrowheads and other significant tools for thousands of years; provides habitat for wildlife they hunt including groundhog and mule deer; and is home to sacred golden eagles.

BLM Winnemucca District Office must understand that Thacker Pass is a shared use area by a number of tribes. Just because regional tribes have been isolated and forced onto reservations relatively far away from Thacker Pass does not mean these regional tribes do not possess cultural connections to the Pass.

Because the BLM has not engaged in meaningful consultation, or in most of the tribes’ cases, any consultation at all, rushed through the permitting process under the Trump administration, during the height of the pandemic when meaningful public participation was impossible, and disregarded impacts on wildlife such as the Greater sage-grouse, the Thacker Pass Project’s Record of Decision and Plan of Operations must be rescinded.

Thank you.

 

Call script for Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP):

NDEP Administrator Greg Lovato
Phone: 775-687-4670
Email: glovato@ndep.nv.gov

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is ________ . I’d like to speak with Greg Lovato, or leave a message for him.
(If you’re a tribal member, state: I’m a member of the _______Tribe).

Thacker Pass is critical wildlife habitat and that the approved permits for the Thacker Pass lithium mine directly contradict NDEP’s mission “to preserve and enhance the environment of the State in order to protect public health, sustain healthy ecosystems, and contribute to a vibrant economy.”

I request that the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection rescind the air and water quality permits for the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Project.

Thank you.

Want to get involved?

As a movement for the health of our earth, the people that live here, and the health of the ecosystems necessary for life of any kind on this planet, we are always expanding, growing, learning, and resisting. If you feel called to help Thacker Pass and/or help with related actions, we would love to hear from you!