ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

In the United States, Canada, and other countries of the world, indigenous communities and low income communities have, historically, been particularly adversely impacted by the development of uranium mining and milling operations. This pattern continues today. The only licensed conventional uranium mill in the US, Denison Mines Corp. White Mesa Mill in SE Utah, is adjacent to the White Mesa Band of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Proposed conventional mine and mill and in situ leach (ISL) operations are proposed on or near the Navajo (Dine) Nation in New Mexico.

The Navajo Tribe, Havasupai Tribe, and other tribes are opposed to the development of uranium mines and mills on or near their lands.

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RESOLUTIONS BY TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS

All Indian Pueblo Council
AIPC, representing 19 pueblos in New Mexico, adopts Companion Resolution for protection of Mt. Taylor and sacred and cultural sites from uranium mining and milling.

Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation Council passes Diné Natural Resources Protection Action Act of 2005, banning uranium mining and uranium processing on the Navajo Nation. Signed into law by President Joe Shirley, Jr., on April 30, 2005.

LINKS TO WEBSITES

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)

WISE Uranium Project
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Uranium Mining and Indigenous People

ARTICLES

Environmental Justice for the Navajo: Uranium
Mining in the Southwest

In Motion Magazine
~ Interview with Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network
~ Interview with Wahleah Johns and Lilian Hill/
Black Mesa Water Coalition

~ Leetso, the Powerful Yellow Monster: A Navajo Cultural Interpretation of Uranium Mining
~ Memories Come To Us In the Rain and the Wind: Oral Histories and Photographs of Navajo Uranium Miners & Their Families (Extracts)
~ Navajo Uranium Miners Fight for Compensation

La Jicarita News - A community advocacy newspaper for northern New Mexico.

 

 

Updated January 26, 2008

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