Forgotten People, Box Springs emergency meeting

BOX SPRINGS, Ariz. - On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. MST, The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management and Forgotten People Dine' Be' Iina' na' hil naa (Dine' Rebuilding Communities) will host a meeting at Larry and Rolanda Tohannie's residence in Box Springs.

This meeting is open to everyone affected by uranium contamination, uranium miners, millers and survivors exposed to radiation during employment in underground uranium mines and Downwinders exposed to radiation released as a result of nuclear weapons testing at Nevada Test site.

The meeting will be attended by federal and tribal agencies, including the Resources Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Indian Health Service, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies.

The focus of the meeting is to discuss plans to deliver safe drinking water and facility infrastructure for people drinking uranium and arsenic contaminated water. Killian, P.C. Shiprock RECA field office staff will do intake for Downwinders, uranium miners and survivors compensation.

Leupp Chapter has issued a Resolution of Support to call for a State of Emergency/Public Health Emergency in the Box Springs/Black Falls/Grand Falls area of the Navajo Nation.

If you need transportation to Box Springs, please plan to arrive at Wupatki Visitors Center on Saturday, Sept. 19 between 8:30-9 a.m. MST.

For more information contact Jimson Joe, Director, Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management at (928) 871-6892 or Forgotten People at (928) 401-1777.

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