Letter to the Editor for Sept. 6, 2018

Special to the PRESS


Like you, I have a cultural connection to the land where Next Decade wants to desecrate and build the LNG. As the spokesperson and Tribal Chair of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. I speak for the present members as well as the ancestors that I ascend from, not to mention the future generations. The area that is being proposed has been a place of gathering to fish for over 10,000 years and yet this Corporation has no intention of respecting our cultural connection to the land. These are our Ancestors that are the land and remains that re-buried there. Next Decade has no concept of Cultural Connectedness to this concepts. Our relationship to the ancestors severs our cultural teachings that affect the association with the fish, ocelots, deer, foxes, aplomado falcons, turtles, and other water birds of the this sacred area. We stand to the end in defending, protecting, and maintaining our Cultural Sacred sites. Many artifacts and Tribal Cultural areas are in and around where the Massive Export terminal is to be built. It will affect our ability to maintain a sacred connection to our Cultural Lifeways. Our association to the affected animals like the dolphins, and the plants of the area is being threatened, just threatening the habitat. By doing so, you and your organization are promoting the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. We have long undergone genocidal ethnic cleansing for 500 years. It would seem that a troubled country, which has lost as much, would be able to do more due diligence to prevent ethnic cleansing of Tribal lifeways. Jobs that are going to promote ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Native population who choose to follow their ancestors is outrageous and inhumane. Be aware of your history and how many burials of Esto’k Gna have been dug up without any accountability.

Thank you,
Juan B. Mancias,
Yen Nawi’s Kiapan’k (I Stand Alone),
Tribal Chair Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas

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