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A Native American land became a nuclear test site.They suffer from disease

“The most nuclear bombed country on earth” is an unpopular honor claimed by the Shoshone Native American tribe. This had a devastating effect on the community, and RT interviewed an activist who was fighting for justice.

“They are occupying our country, they are stealing our opportunities, and we are expected to die because of it. We are still trying to deal with and understand what happened to us, and find ways to prevent, correct and prevent it from happening in the future.”

Ian Zabat’s voice was angry, but he did not waver in describing the grim fate of his people. According to anyone’s estimation, these Native Americans have suffered the most unimaginable horror for decades. Implemented by their Washington government.

The 57-year-old Zabarte, the main character of the Shoshone National Western Band, is spearheading a campaign to expose what he calls “ethnic cleansing” of the tribe.

The land of Shoshone stretches from Death Valley in the Mojave Desert in eastern California to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. But in 1951, the United States began nuclear weapons testing in the West Shoshone area of ​​the Nevada Test Range (now known as the Nevada National Security Base). The Shoshone can now claim to be the most nuclear-bombed country on the planet.

According to a 2009 study, in just over 40 years, 928 tests were conducted there—approximately 100 in the atmosphere and more than 800 underground—that resulted in approximately 620 kilotons of nuclear radiation. In contrast, Hiroshima produced 13 kilotons of sediment when it was bombed in 1945.

This is obviously a huge health risk, and Zabarte, who lives in Las Vegas but runs a treatment center in Death Valley, is understandably angry. Although he is charming and friendly, as he gets more and more excited about the injustices suffered by the people, there is often a feeling of anger in his voice. But he never fell into self-pity; there was always an atmosphere of steely resistance.

Shoshone signing Ruby Valley Treaty In 1863, it gave certain rights to the United States. But they did not give up their land. “We will not sign a treaty that ends in our ultimate destruction,” Zabat told RT.

According to the tribe, the test project has caused thousands of deaths, and many people have developed a series of cancers and diseases.

Zabarte’s grandfather’s skin fell off due to an autoimmune deficiency and died of a heart attack shortly afterwards. Other family members installed pacemakers when they were very young, and his cousin’s twins died at the age of 11.

“My family has a high incidence of thyroid cancer, but we are not paying attention to these people-we are not capable,” He explained.

“The United States does not want to study our own adverse health consequences. [It] It is no different from Nazi Germany studying the health consequences of their tests on Jews. That’s too wrong. We have to do it ourselves, we need help. “

The Shoshone people do not have medical equipment or computer databases to track their people. Therefore, the number of deaths in suspicious circumstances is usually not recorded. In addition, according to tradition, Shoshone people are proud people, so not everyone talks about their health problems.

Although the nuclear test went underground in 1962, it was not safe even then.

As Zabat explained, “Even though it went underground, it still emitted. We don’t know where the radiation went.”

This proves Mighty oak In April 1986, a botched test destroyed $32 million worth of equipment. claim The US government released radiation under cover, and everyone thought it was a disaster from the Soviet Union.

“The Department of Energy believes this is not an accident because they manually released the gas in the basement detonated by the weapon. It traveled the world, defeated Chernobyl radiation and returned to the United States,” Zabat claimed.

Of course, the United States is not the only country that has conducted nuclear tests.This UK West Shoshone land was also used in 24 tests conducted jointly with the United States.French finish 210 nuclear tests In Algeria and the South Pacific from 1960 to 1996. And the Soviet Union used The test was carried out at the Semipalatinsk plant in Kazakhstan before 1989.

But even today, there are still many secret activities in Shoshone’s land, as evidenced by JANET’s regular flights. flight From Las Vegas to the confidential Area 51. (The call sign stands for Just Another Non-Existent Terminal).

There is another controversial issue Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, Originally planned in 1987 and later approved by the Obama administration, the Shoshone has stalled. It is designed to store high-level radioactive waste.

Zabarte has a study on the project by the U.S. Department of Energy, and he said that the project refers to “Cultural Diversion” defined as “A forced choice situation in which an ethnic group is faced with a decision to rank the importance of cultural resources of equal value that may be affected by the proposed development.”

It goes on to point out that this classification may be “It is an emotional burden for Indians.” This United Nations These claims were supported in a 2006 report, and Zabarte believes that they perfectly summarize the problems facing his people.

“The U.S. government deliberately destroys the way of life of my people, my family, our property, and our holy land.

“The U.S. has developed a systematic procedure to carry out ethnic cleansing of us from that land so that they can distribute all the profits to other Americans,” He said“In order to prove genocide, we need to consider, what is the intention? This is a culture of secrecy, and this is the intention.”

A typical example of how the lives of the Shoshone people were eradicated coming The “Wild Free Roaming Horse Act” was passed in 1971. As Zabat explained: “The politicians in Washington DC defined our Indian horses as wild horses and started hunting down our ranchers, who, according to the treaty, have the right to own livestock as hunters or herders.

“The U.S. Bureau of Land Management determined that our horses, cattle, and livestock are destroying the land. But this land was destroyed by the aftermath of a nuclear weapon test, and the U.S. government blamed the Shoshone.”

There is no economy or a sustainable lifestyle, and the nearest town is 80 miles away. “My booking has nothing to go back,” Zabarte said he can trace his direct descendants back to the Kawich area, which has Area 51. “They stole my horse, stole my livelihood. Without a job, there is no chance; the United States stole our economy, our hunting, our fishing… and made us invaders in our own country. “

But the reserved land only occupies a small part of the entire Shoshone land. The rest is used by the US government and people, sometimes unknowingly. People buy houses and live on land that the Shoshone think they should control—but all taxes from economic activity go to the United States. The Shoshone had no demands on this.

“The United States cannot prove ownership of it, but they entered our country and provided taxes to Nevada. Nevada took the money and gave it to all other non-Shoshone units of the local government. We have nothing to do with it. To. This is taxation without representation,” Zabat said.

Despite the obvious sense of injustice, he felt obligated to warn Americans living in or crossing Shoshone’s country of the dangers it posed.

“My grandfather always said,’Don’t raise dust’ because of radioactive fallout. I care about these people because of the treaty of peace and friendship, and have an obligation to provide help and comfort to other Americans passing by. But I see them in the air. Dust is raised on off-road vehicles and they are likely to expose themselves. Many roofs of their houses also contain plutonium.”

The key to Zabarte is awareness. The more people who understand the history of this land and the problems, the greater the chance of taking meaningful action. This may involve providing medical monitoring and advising the next generation on how to protect themselves.

Zabarte is also keen to build momentum so that the Shoshone, including his own son, can use all of their land and build a well-functioning economy in line with their traditions.

“We need to continue to make our people aware that the next generation does not have a safe place to live; we have these tiny reservations, they are colonies established by the United States. They only exist within the scope of the funds provided by the United States. We have no way of doing our own Survive on the land.”

He is a man with a mission, he sacrificed his life to bear this burden. “I have dignity, and my family has dignity. This is what I strive for. These ** loopholes will not get away by luck.”