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Navajos propose uranium mining ban

News ArchiveWith the recent passage from the Ethics and Rules Committee of proposed legislation regarding uranium mining and processing on Friday, January 7, 2005, uranium issues facing the Navajo Nation now lie in the hands of the Navajo Nation leaders when they convene for the Navajo Nation Council Winter Session, which begins January 24. Navajos propose ban on uranium mining

URANIUM ISSUES NOW IN HANDS OF NAVAJO NATION LEADERS FOLLOWING COL WAR ERA DEATHS

With the recent passage from the Ethics and Rules Committee of proposed legislation regarding uranium mining and processing on Friday, January 7, 2005, uranium issues facing the Navajo Nation now lie in the hands of the Navajo Nation leaders when they convene for the Navajo Nation Council Winter Session, which begins January 24.

The proposed legislation will ban conventional uranium mining, such as open pit and shaft mining, within the Navajo Nation’s jurisdiction and place a moratorium on uranium processing, such as solution or ISL mining. The historic legislation would be the first time ever that the Navajo Nation Council banned uranium mining due to public health concerns.

“The leaders of the Navajo Nation, in particular George Arthur, the sponsor of the legislation, should be congratulated for taking a stand against uranium mining and processing.” said Wynoma Foster of Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) “The threat to people from uranium mining is real and urgent. We are optimistic that our leaders will take us in the right direction and make the right decision based upon the issues at hand. We are looking to our leaders to take the responsibility in their actions and to take the full representation of not only their own communities but the whole Navajo Nation.”

The Navajo Nation has the sovereign right to take legislative action to protect its economic interests, natural resources and public health. Protection of natural resources based on the Fundamental and Traditional Laws of the Dine is vital to the Dine People.

“Water is life and we need to protect that for generations to come. Sustainable energy is where we need to go if we are going to talk about preserving our lives holistically. There are other ways to gain economically while we protect and preserve our resources,” said Foster.

Uranium mining has adversely impacted and affected the economic vitality, natural resources and public health of the Navajo Nation for more than 50 years, and the People are still suffering from those impacts today. New uranium mining and processing will not bring the economic development promised by the uranium companies. The pristine water resources of the Navajo Nation are worth substantially more than the uranium resources.

George Arthur, Council delegate and chairman for the Resources Committee is the sponsor the bill. The legislation passed unanimously through all five committees to which it was assigned.

CONTACTS: Wynoma Foster, ENDAUM (505) 786-5209
Lynnea Smith, ENDAUM (505) 786-5209
George Arthur, NN Council Delegate (928) 871-6380
Alice Benally, NN Council Delegate (928) 871-6380

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Navajos need help not praise not pitty.
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, January 14 2005 @ 08:10 AM CST
Anarchists who are into Indijanous rights should get on bard
with cuases like this one.

helping real native americans is better than having a
mytholigical view of them.