Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Nov. 15

7th Indigenous Uranium Forum focuses on Indigenous issues

<i>Photo by Brenda Norrell</i><br>Shonto High School students screened a video of the dangers of uranium mining and coal-fired power plants

<i>Photo by Brenda Norrell</i><br>Shonto High School students screened a video of the dangers of uranium mining and coal-fired power plants

The 7th Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum at Acoma Pueblo was attended by Pueblo, Navajo, Gwich'in, Lakota and other Indian Nations. Participants focused much needed public attention on the threats against Mount Taylor posed by the recent onslaught of exploratory measures to mine and mill uranium in the Grants Mineral Belt. The Forum served as a vehicle to launch a regional inter-tribal campaign to end this practice in the Grants Mineral Belt, Lakota Lands, and all over Indian Country. The Forum sought to inform and educate participants of local, national and international nuclear issues impacting Indigenous peoples, in particular, health issues impacting both mining and non-mining populations living in contaminated communities and ways that Indigenous people are working to move toward alternative forms of energy.

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