On December 11, 2012, Larry Thompson, a member of the tribal First
Nations group known as the Onkwehonwe, entered a plea of guilty to a
charge of Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree.  Sentencing has been
set for March of 2013.

Mr. Thompson had just begun to make a statement setting forth his
purpose in excavating the Toxic Mound on the GM Powertrain Superfund
site when he was cut short by St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome
Richards.  Judge Richards demanded that Mr. Thompson enter a plea or
face trial.  Judge Richards stated that he would allow Mr. Thompson to
make a twenty minute presentation on the sentencing date.

During Mr. Thompson’s brief presentation he stated that he did what he
did because of the cancers that afflicted his community.  He said that
he knew of eleven people who were terminally ill at this time and that
one of these people was a twelve year old, who had been diagnosed with
brain cancer.

On August 11, 2011, Larry Thompson entered the GM Powertrain Superfund
site and proceeded to excavate the Toxic Mound, an illegal industrial
waste landfill that EPA had decided to leave in place on the site.
The Toxic Mound industrial landfill had no liner.  It is located
adjacent to the Akwesasne Reserve.  Water stands on the reserve within
a short distance from the base of the Toxic Mound.  This water has
been found to be contaminated with PCBs.  There is much suffering and
death from diseases that are associated with PCB exposure amongst the
people of Raquette Point and the rest of Akwesasne.

Larry Thompson had consulted with his Clan Mother and it was her
position that the Toxic Mound must be removed from the GM Superfund
site.  Considering the many years of inaction on clean-up and the EPA
decision to leave the Toxic Mound, Larry chose to take action on
removal.

The New York State Police responded to a complaint of an intruder at
the Superfund site.  Mr. Thompson was arrested and charged with
criminal mischief, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and
resisting arrest.  A Grand Jury was convened and decided to indict Mr.
Thompson.

This latest development in the saga of the Thompson action to end what
the Onkwehonwe call the environmental genocide at Akwesasne sets the
stage for the Truth coming out about careless chemical use by major
corporations, failed government regulation, environmental
contamination and much disease and suffering of First Nations people.
Mr. Thompson made know the fact that he had hoped to have an hour to
tell his story, but he stated that he would “put it in a nutshell” for
the Court.  What he says will be of critical importance to the future
of Akwesasne.  Everyone who cares about the health of those who live
in this part of the St. Lawrence River Valley and the environment of
the region should come to the St. Lawrence County Court to hear him
speak.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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