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By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Earlier this year, we covered Robert Lundahl’s powerful documentary about threats to ancient, large-scale Native American geoglyphs—sacred sites that stand in the way of massive energy projects. 

Now an online petition implores President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to stop the destruction of these sacred sites near Blythe, California along the Colorado River.  A related spoke wheel geoglyph in Ocotillo  was also at risk and now stands surrounded by wind turbines.  But now an ancient Kokopillo is at risk of being destroyed completely.

“The link below is a petition to the federal government to stop the destruction of the sacred sites along the Colorado River which for the Mexica (Uto-Aztecan) represents its history and cosmic culture tradition and the facts that we have show that the surrounding the area of the lower Colorado River Basin is the place of creation,” said Alfredo Figuero and Patricia Robles with La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle.  Figueroa recently spoke in San Diego on this issue.  “We would greatly appreciate if you can send this to all your contacts so we can get thousands of signatures. We want the world to know the travesty caused by the solar power projects and destruction that is continuing of the sacred sites, Creator's images along the Colorado River. Thank you for helping us save these most sacred sites.”

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