Notice: Camp Toyahvale at Coyote Mountain |
Opening Ceremonies on 1-15-2017
The Tribe is helping lead an effort to oppose fracking and the installation of a pipeline in the Big Bend.
This effort includes joining the Jumano, Tapaxcolmes, and Carrizo Tribes in operating a camp to inform the
public on the impact that petroleum extraction will have on the environment and Native American culture in
the region. This camp will be located at the foot of the highlands our people have known as Coyote Mountain
on the west side of highway 17 (toward Ft. Davis) immediately south of a place known today as Toyahvale,
which is where San Salomon Springs and the Balmorhea State Park are located.
The camp has been named Camp Toyahvale to ensure the public can find it easily. It will be governed
by a board made up of a representative of each tribe, the landowner, and one local resident. Its
sole mission will be to peacefully and lawfully oppose fracking and the installation of a pipeline
in the region and to educate the public on the detrimental effect that this activity will have on
the environment, local quality of life, and our tribes' culture.
Camp Toyahvale will be opened with appropriate ceremonies by representatives from each of the four
tribes on Sunday January 15 at noon. All tribal members are encouraged to visit the camp, most
especially to help open it that Sunday. There is ample space to camp, and arrival on Saturday
night is highly recommended. Know, however, that camping conditions are primitive, and campers
are expected to be self-sufficient. We will designate a part of the site for Lipans to camp
together that night. RSVP is not necessary, but please indicate in the comments section below
if you are coming so we and other tribal members will know.
Please post questions or comments on the camp, opening day, and how you can help here
so we can address them collectively and let everybody follow the discussion(s).