Lithium mine proposed near Nevada-Oregon border on massacre site, tribe says

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FILE — In this July 14, 2021 file photo the Montana Mountains loom over Thacker Pass in northern Nevada. Tribal lawyers asked a federal judge in Nevada, on Oct. 1, to reconsider her earlier refusal to block digging at a proposed lithium mine near the Oregon line where they say newly uncovered evidence proves it was the sacred site of a massacre of dozens of Native Americans in 1865. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

RENO, Nev. — Tribal lawyers are asking a U.S. judge in Nevada to reconsider her earlier refusal to block digging at a proposed lithium mine near the Oregon line.

They say newly uncovered evidence proves it was the sacred site of a massacre of dozens of Native Americans in 1865.

The new motion filed in federal court in Reno includes an 1865 newspaper report and two eyewitness accounts of how at least 31 Paiute men, women and children were “murdered by federal soldiers” at Thacker Pass.

One was from a cavalry volunteer who participated in the slaughter and the other by a tribal member who survived it.

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