Senator Dean Heller and Representative Mark Amodei must stop meddling in the sovereignty of Guatemalan communities on behalf of international mining conglomerates and focus on the issues concerning Nevadans. Recently Sen. Heller and Rep. Amodei sent letters to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce respectively on behalf of Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining corporations with an office in Reno. Tahoe has been lobbying the U.S. and Canadian governments to intervene in a case, within Guatemalan courts, that temporarily suspended two of its mining licenses in the country. This was a result of a lawsuit filed against the Ministry of Mining and Mines in July of this year over a lack of consultation with indigenous Xinka communities near the mine and the discrimination these communities have faced in the process.
Call to Action
We call on Nevadans to stand up against Tahoe Resources and the double standard applied to the mining industry internationally.
- Reach out to Congressman Amodei and Senator Heller to ask for them to rescind their letters and attempts to interfere in Guatemala’s Supreme Court decision(s) that place their people over profit first.
- Visit Network with Solidarity with the People of Guatemala’s website for more updates, reports, or to donate. Also follow their twitter account @NISGUA_Guate.
- For more information you can also reach out to MiningWatch Canada.
- Sign up for The Progressive Leadership Alliances of Nevada’s newsletter and find out more about the international effort to stop Tahoe Resources from undermining the Guatemalan people and ways for you to get involved with mining accountability locally, regionally and internationally.
- Come by one of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada’s offices in Reno or Las Vegas to learn more in-person.