Monday, May 5, 2008

Corbin's Harney Burial 10 July 16th, 2007 at Battle Mountain,

Western Shoshone leader dies at 87

Corbin Harney, spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone passed away yesterday of cancer, on Turtle Island, Santa Rosa, California. Harney led the successful resistence to stop the Divine Strake, a nuclear testing plan on Shoshone Lands in Nevada earlier this year.
An honoring of Corbin & discussion on how UC Berkeley has been in violation of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act) & excluding Indian people from related dialogue happening behind closed doors. UC Berkeley is holding captive thousands of remains of Native ancestors. Bay Native Circle radio show, KPFA by Maya Orozco, Morning Star Gali, and Tony Gonzalas.

Harney, a fixture at anti-nuclear rallies, died Tuesday of complications from cancer near Santa Rosa, Calif., where he had hoped to finish a book, according to his family.
“We have truly lost a lot,” said his nephew, Santiago Lozada, who was with him when he died.
“He was someone who just had this gentle spirit but a steely resolve that people should do the right thing,” Hager said. “He thought people would eventually come around and realize the harm people were doing to Mother Earth.”
“He picked up the remains and gave them a decent burial,” Hager said. “He took a lot of flack from Western Shoshone leaders who said he should have nothing to do with the U.S. government. But I always respected Corbin for doing what, to the Western Shoshone, was not politically correct but in his mind was the right thing to do.”

The family is completing funeral plans, but burial services will be at Battle Mountain Indian Community, where his wife, Marge, is buried.

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