UNITED STATES: Shoshone's horses threatened with removal

The Western Shoshone of Crescent Valley, Nevada are currently threatened with the federal seizure of hundreds of horses from their land. This latest threat comes only days after the release of the Inter- American Commission on Human Right's decision in a landmark indigenous rights case, in which they found the U.S. in violation of the Western Shoshone's rights to property, due process and equality under the law. The Western Shoshone National Council (WSNC) has created a Western Shoshone International Goodwill Horse Program to aid in the safe evacuation and relocation of the horses for the time being. The horses are important to the Western Shoshone people as a way to promote economic development opportunities for Indian nations, through horse management and gentling programs, and also serve to strengthen youth empowerment activities.