IPLP Outreach

Western Shoshone

For over three decades, Western Shoshone grandmothers, Carrie Dann and recently deceased Mary Dann, have been at the forefront of a struggle against the federal government over Western Shoshone territory, which extends through much of Nevada and parts of California, Idaho, and Utah. The IPLP Program has worked with the Indian Law Resource Center and the Western Shoshone Defense Project to assist the Dann Traditional Family and other Western Shoshone groups to defend their land rights in precedent-setting proceedings before the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Download a PDF for more background information on this case.

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Documents (PDFs)

IACHR
Mary and Carrie Dann v. United States, Inter-Am. C.H.R., Case No. 11.140, Report No. 75/02 (final merits report), Dec. 27, 2002. [PDF] En español.

Petitioners’ Supplemental Submission: Brief on the Merits, submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Case No. 11.140 (Dann v. United States, March 2000). [PDF]

CERD
Western Shoshone Supplemental Report submitted by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, the Yomba Shoshone Tribe, the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Wells Band of Western Shoshone (February 2008).

Western Shoshone Response to the US Periodic Report submitted by the Western Shoshone National Council, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, and the Yomba Shoshone Tribe (December 2007).

Early Warning and Urgent Action Decision by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued against the United States for violating the human rights of the Western Shoshone people (March 2006).

Update to Second Request For Urgent Action under Early Warning Procedure to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations, by Western Shoshone groups and the Western Shoshone National Council (February 26, 2006).

Second Request for Urgent Action under Early Warning Procedure to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations, by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, Winnemucca Indian Colony and Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Western Shoshone People in Relation to the United States of America (July 2005). [PDF]

Request for Early Warning Measures and Urgent Procedures To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations, by the Western Shoshone National Council (July 2005). [PDF]

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: United States of America, 14/08/2001, U.N. Doc. A/56/18, paras. 380 - 407. (Concluding Observations/Comments). [PDF] En español. [PDF]

Amended Request for Urgent Action under Early Warning Procedure to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations, by the Yomba Shoshone Tribe and Ely Shoshone Tribe of the Western Shoshone People in Relation to the United States of America (July 2000). [PDF]

Media Coverage

Articles:

  • "U.N. blasts treatment of Western Shoshone", an article released by The Salt Lake City Tribune, March , 2006.
  • “Our Mother Earth is not for Sale,” a background document on Dann v. United States, by Gretchen Robinson. [PDF]
  • John D. O'Connell, Constructive Conquest in the Courts: A Legal History of the Western Shoshone Lands Struggle--1861 to 1991, 42 Nat. Resources J. 765, 2002.
  • Thomas E. Luebben & Cathy Nelson, The Indian Wars: Efforts to Resolve Western Shoshone Land and Treaty Issues and to Distribute the Indian Claims Commission Judgment Fund, 42 Nat. Resources J. 801, 2002.

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