These Uranium activities are designed to teach school students about the significance of uranium and its decay products, such as radium and radon.
Springs are drying up on the Hopi Reservation. Climate change is contributing to drought, and residents also suspect coal and uranium mining may be involved.
“What you have here, to me, is genocide. The government knew about it (radiation hazards) but they failed to tell the families and the workers that one day it was going to take their life.”
Numerous uranium mines in Arizona were abandoned, leaving an environmental hazard in their wake. Radiation poisoning now threatens indigenous people.
About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems.
Uranium mining and processing has been banned on Navajo Nation land for the past 15 years, but it's not clear if that ban would be respected under a current federal mandate to revive uranium mining on national security grounds.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) Program is joining a multiagency planning team to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation.
The U.S. EPA and the Navajo Nation have secured funding agreements for the assessment and clean-up of approximately 200 abandoned uranium mine sites on the Navajo Nation.
The House voted Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, supporters say a permanent ban is needed because the Grand Canyon is too valuable to risk possible damage from future mining.
The bill would protect the drinking water of the Havasupai tribe by banning uranium mining in the land surrounding the Grand Canyon, protect 1,000 miles of river by adding them to the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, and give wilderness designation to 1.5 million acres of land.
There are over 500 abandoned uranium mines, as well as homes and water sources with elevated levels of radiation on the Navajo Nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Resolution Copper, a multinational mining corporation, has been temporarily blocked from taking over a parcel of land sacred to the San Carlos Apache Nation and other Native communities.