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Re: “Burners Torched Over Native Party

For the record, Burning Man takes place on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management - who charges us a butt-load of money for the privilege. There was talk a few years ago of moving it to the Pyramid Lake reservation when relations with Washoe County officials were particularly strained, but that all got worked out. From what I heard, the Pyramid Lake tribe was seriously considering hosting Burning Man, but that sentiment was in no way unanimous.

Local tribal members, of the Pyramid Lake Paiute, have participated in Burning Man through bringing educational material about the land and pre-white incursion history to share with Black Rock City's predominantly white population. While they often don't stay for more than a few hours, and seem rather uncomfortable during that time, they have participated with honor and respect for our wildly diverse community; their voice is definitely part of the emerging story of Burning Man.

I'm glad energy and education was released in an overall positive way for all concerned in Oakland, even if this slant journalism would have liked it otherwise.

Posted by EV on 04/04/2009 at 3:53 PM

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