Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nez Perce to Mega-Load Movers: 'We're Not Going Away'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The rolling controversy over so-called mega-loads took front and center at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Idaho Council on Indian Affairs in Lewiston.

Members of the Nez Perce Tribe, who had been arrested Aug. 6 while protesting the oversized loads rolling across the Wild and Scenic River Corridor, said, "We're not going to go away."

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Nez Perce found broad support from other members of the council, comprising representatives from each of the five treaty tribes in Idaho.

Nez Perce Tribeal Executive Committee Chairman Silas Whitman called for greater consultation during the permitting process of future mega-loads. Whitman said that when that process "failed "earlier this month, "we stepped up ourselves to protect the land."

Meanwhile, Mother Nature seems to be doing something that activists have yet to accomplish: stop, or at least slow down the next mega-load shipment, which is poised near the Port of Lewiston awaiting a permit from the Idaho Transportation Department to roll across U.S. Highway 12. Wildfire near the Lolo Pass of the Idaho/Montana border has hindered transportation in the area. ITD is awaiting word of when it's safe to move an oversized shipment before handing another permit to Omega Morgan to move the giant rig.

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