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Peabody's life-of-mine lease has been rescinded. A press release on January 8, 2010, posted at Biological Diversity, informs us that Hopi and Navajo Residents Stop Peabody’s Coal Mine Expansion on Black Mesa. The Interior Department Judge Vacates Permit for Peabody’s Black Mesa Mines. In that press release, if you click on the hot link in the first paragraph, you'll find a pdf file of the decision. If you google the decision you'll find blog posts regarding it.
As expected, Peabody has been given the green
light to continue its rape of Black Mesa. Seven days after the promised
date for their decision, OSM has released it for the Black
Mesa Project, giving Peabody the life-of-mine permit they have sought,
denying such things as adverse affects of N-Aquifer use, and misrepresenting
comments made in letters sent in opposition. Their "record of decision"
contains "five parts":
[Please note: The Office of Surface Mining (OSM) has reactivated on the Black Mesa Project FEIS is now available at their website, the study funded by Peabody Western Coal Company. It appears that OSM is leaning toward Alternative B though no decision has been released yet, and won't be till the beginning of December.]
[Please note: The Office of Surface Mining will still consider comments for the Final EIS that are submitted after the deadline date for comments, 2/6/07.
[Please note: Support is needed at Desert Rock. See http://www.desert-rock-blog.com/ for the latest information.]
[Please note: The Office of Surface Mining has finally published the long delayed Black Mesa Project Draft Environmental Statement. It is a long document, 758 pages in length. An executive summary is also linked on that page. The report itself can be downloaded in parts if you don't want to download the whole report at once.
Please read the report, and prepare your comments to oppose Peabody Energy's Life-Of-Mine lease.
Comments on the draft EIS may be submitted in writing or by e-mail over the Internet. At the top of your letter or in the subject line of your e-mail message, indicate that the comments are "BMP Draft EIS Comments." Include your name and return address in your letter or e- mail message. They may also be submitted snail mail to: Dennis Winterringer, Leader, Black Mesa Project EIS, OSM Western Region, P.O. Box 46667, Denver, Colorado 80201-6667. These should be mailed either first class or priorty mail.
Please note that there is a small extension for written comments. The deadline is now February 6, 2007, as stated in a recent communication from OSM on Dec. 22, 2006.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Winterringer, Leader, Black Mesa Project EIS, OSM Western Region, by telephone at (303) 844-1400, extension 1440, or by e-mail at BMKEIS@osmre.gov. Please note that 17 families will face relocation should the EIS be adopted.Many thanks in advance for your support of the Dineh people.]
Please note that OSMRE has issued a September newsletter with important information about the Black Mesa Project EIS. It looks like things are moving ahead. Please see newsletter to read about what will be coming up soon. Please note the dates. The Draft EIS will be available in late Novemberl comments in January 2007. It may be helpful to bookmark this page.
The House Resources Committee has held a hearing 20 June 2006, on S. 1003. Please see written statements. Not all who were present at last summer's Senate Committee hearings were in attendance.
Please note: OSM has decided to "suspend"
activities until "the future of the Mohave Generating Station and the
project become clearer." Please see July
2006 Newsletter. Two key points should be noted even with this news:
[Please note: an updated version of Broken Rainbow has been released with about 25 minutes in the "extra" section for updates. There you can hear what Katherine Smith, Thomas Banyacya, Jr., Louise Benally, Danny Blackgoat, Bahe Katenay, and others have to say about how things are now out on Black Mesa. If you'd like to pick up a copy of the film, it's available at Wherehouse Records as well as at Amazon. It was released 6/27/06. ]
[Please note that S. 1003 was passed and sent to the House of Representatives 2 May 2006. Please also see Page S3924. It is now in the House Resources Committee (May 3). Please let them know your views. The Navajo Nation opposes this bill, Roman Bitsuie saying, "S. 1003 would bring an abrupt end to the relocation program before any independent study of the program's successes and failures can be undertaken. Congress would repeat its earlier mistake." Read more in Navajo oppose bill that would close relocation benefits office. ]
[Please note the "studies" on the C-Aquifer, one called Groundwater Flow Model of the C Aquifer in Arizona and New Mexico, prepared by S. S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., described as "prepared for the Salt River Project on behalf of the use of Mohave Generating Station Co-Owners." This is a very large pdf file, so it may take some time to download, depending on your connection. The other is the USGS "study." This is a much smaller file with a very auspicious sounding title, "Numerical Ground-Water Change Model of the C Aquifer and Effects of Ground-Water Withdrawals on Stream Depletions in Selected Reaches of Clear Creek, Chevelon Creek, and the Little Colorado River, Northeastern AZ."]
[See what has been going on in these meetings behind closed doors.]
[Please note the recent opinion articles that have showed up in the Navajo Times over the last two weeks some related to the secret meetings that have recently come to light. Peabody Coal Co. is off the hook?]
[Please note new articles that have been written about the pumping of the N-Aquifer as well as Peabody getting off the hook for any damage that has been incurred.
Please see the site index for more related articles.]
[Please see Comments — Mohave Generating Station and Black Mesa Mine written in response to the claims of victory that have arisen since their "closures."]
[Please note current activity regarding S 1003. This can be seen at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.1003:. Click on Congressional Record. Also see the Report recently made available at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp109:FLD010:@1(sr206), or click here to retrieve the file in pdf format. As expected this law is about the coal that Peabody covets. Please see Black Mesa coal talks continue.]
[Please see Elder Rena Babbit Lane is under threat of livestock impoundment now, and please do whatever you can to help. Note that this information became available October 7, 2005. Many thanks.]
[Please see Battle over Sacred Mountain Enters Next Phase for current action to save the Peaks.]
[Another deadline? The heat is turning up again. Please see Tribes lobby to end land dispute. Resisters have asked for support. They do not want to be relocated from their homelands. Hearing on S. 1003 (McCain's proposed amendment to PL 93-531, available at Committee on Indian Affairs toward the bottom of the page ... hearing date 21 July 2005). There is a video of the hearing which can be purchased. If you want a copy of the video then you have to get one through your US Senator. However, transcripts are available for most of what was said. Please see Christopher Bavasi, President Shirley, Roman Bitsuie, Chairman Taylor, and William Ragsdale, BIA. Louis Denestsoie's is available at the Navajo Nation page. Please also see testimony for those things not found in the submitted written testimonies. ]
[Please note very sad news. Kee Watchman passed on to the spirit world June 25, 2005. He will be missed by many. Prayers are with his family and friends.]
[Take a look at what Senator John McCain has been up to lately, this one who has been lauded for being a champion of Indigenous Rights. Go to Thomas -- US Government on the Internet and type in S1003, and click enter bill number. This will take you to a page where you can read the bill as well as read References to this bill in the Congressional Record (about half way down that page), and the Bill Summary and Status file. S1003 is a pdf file of this bill. This action is not the first time he has attempted to do something like this as is shown in the Congressional Record. This information is from May 11, 2005.]
[IMPORTANT: Roberta Blackgoat's homestead is threatened. Please see Press Release to see what you can do to help. Also see the statement made about current events there. Also, if you're interested in reading reports on this gathering, there are two available, one at BMIS and the other at SENAA West.]
[Harassment has been stepped up on the land. Please see Bush Thinks America has Nailed the Final Nail on the Coffin of Indigenous History in the US (Resisters Threatened) for contact numbers. Also see URGENT: Support Needed for Dineh Resister. Many thanks for your support.]
[Currently there is a lawsuit related to
the actions taken at Sundance 2001 and soon thereafter, Louise Benally
et al v. Eugene Kaye et al. The case has gone into mediation as ordered
by Judge Neil Wake. It is asked that contact be made with the United States
District Court in support of the Navajo People in this case. Please write:
[Please note: Support for Black Mesa is Needed. Please also see Ways to Support the People of Big Mountain, Arizona USA.]
[Please note: Very sad news -- Arrick Crittendon passed on January 18, 2003. Prayers are with his family.]
[NOTE: Worldwide Prayer Gatherings will begin March 21, 2003, and held on a monthly basis. Visit SENAA International to learn more.]
This page, totally dedicated to the Dine'h of Big Mountain, is created with the idea in mind that it be a page where others can be educated about what the Dine'h have faced for over a quarter of a century, and still continue to face today, something which has gone on for far too long. It is created also in hope that those who visit will become supporters as well. Because the list of links became so long, there is another page just for these links. The tags below will take you to that page to learn more. There are also other sites which present current information, the best being those which follow here. To be kept up to date I suggest you visit the following sites on a regular basis:
and click on the link below for access to all of SENAA's pages:
There is also another site in the works which
is truly worth your time to visit. Much is offered here in the way of
information, pictures of the area used on this page as well as others,
and Jake's beautuful art work. It is Bo
Peep's Hogan. It is a site to visit often to see new developments.
It is with deep sadness that I speak of the passing of Roberta Blackgoat, one admired and respected by so many. She just wouldn't give up. She had more strength to stand up to the beast than anyone I've ever known. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her, by those whose lives she touched. It is today, April 27, 2002, that an article appeared in the mainstream news, an article which only begins to tell the story of one determined woman, Navajo who resisted land transfer is dead. There is an article at BMIS, Roberta Blackgoat Matriarch of Big Mountain and the struggle against relocation. Also, please visit In Loving Memory of Roberta Blackgoat to read a moving tribute created to honor her life. There is also a poem which is quite beautiful, Honoring Roberta as well as one I was finally able to write, In Honor of Roberta Blackgoat. She will continue to live on in the hearts and spirits of those who loved her. Respectfully I ask that you help continue her work. Circulate the petition which is mentioned below.
Prayers have been answered for those arrested at Sun Dance. The charges have been dismissed. To read one's views about the waning support, visit Why the Silence? Visit BMIS at Statement from Dine' Elders on Black Mesa, March 2002. What is sad is that Arrick was quickly convicted of trespassing at his trial on March 27. Read about it here. Information about other recent happenings can be learned Important Info on Big Mountain. People are needed on the land with cameras for documentation of the harassment by the Hopi Rangers. There have been reports of guns drawn and pepper spray used. This cannot be allowed to continue. If you can help, please visit BMIS to learn more about what is needed. Support is needed NOW.
I also ask that you visit a new page which contains recent information and a request for help from BMIS. Please visit BMIS Call for Support and Action to see what is needed. Thank you in advance for your help.
I'm not sure if you all understand what the effect of Peabody Coal has been here. It is one where human and religious rights have been violated. It has been one which destroys the land. To more fully understand just what their strip mining does, I am excerpting some passages from Wilkinson's book, Fire on the Plateau, published in 1999. Maybe this will give you a better idea.
mining...begins when giant earthmoving equipment bares the coal
All this is being done on land that is sacred, destroying everything.
On July 12, 2001, the unconscionable began. According to reports which were made public this morning, several were arrested by the Hopi police at a Sundance ceremony meant to benefit Big Mountain. Documentation is needed there as well as calls to the Hopi police expressing outrage for these actions. The contact is Eugene Kaye at (520)734-2441, extension 107. Tonight, July 13, 2001, it is being asked that you call Gale Norton's office at (202) 208-3100. She oversees the BIA and other agencies which are connected to the land. Contact your congresspeople also at (202) 224-3121, telling them the quest for more energy at this time cannot and will not be done at the expense of others. For a more complete listing of those to contact, visit the new page at Black Mesa Indigenous Support, Relocate This. Let them know that all are watching, and that we will hold them accountable should they not listen to the hearts of the people. I also ask for prayers for everyone concerned here now. Many thanks for these and all that you can do.
It appears that the AP Wire picked up this story. You can read the article here (Traditional dance further frays relationship between Navajos, Hopis). If course, I found it very interesting that it's reported about the "Navajo's living on the Hopi Reservation." I can't help but question its source. More articles are appearing now in reference to the situation at Big Mountain. Again I question what they have to say, all but one of them, but you can read them for yourself and make up your own mind in this matter. They have been placed in their own section since the number of articles written has grown so. Just click on Sun dance to reach the section of this page which has these articles listed. To keep abreast of recent updates regarding the trial, please visit BMIS. Recent news from Big Mountain (8/17/01) new information has come to light. The latter adds insult to injury, or in this case, total disrespect. According to recent news, the Hopi Rangers, the BIA, and the Navajo Police entered Camp Anna Mae, dismantling the arbor and removing the Tree of Life. Apparently there was an arrest as well and a car impounded. Most fervently, I ask again for your prayers for all concerned.
On Friday, August 17, 2001, the HTC was at it again, this time sending in staff with bulldozers and a small army of Hopi Rangers, BIA Police, and Navajo County Sheriffs. They destroyed the arbor, and ripped out the sacred tree from Camp Anna Mae. They ripped down the prayer flags and tobacco ties. Many are reeling from this recent action which shows total disregard for the sanctity of the beliefs of others. You can read my initial response at Crisis at Big Mountain. I also ask that you visit the contacts page at BMIS - Relocate This. Please take heed of what they say in the beginning on that page. We want these actions stopped but we need to do it in such a way that it does not threaten the People on the land. As I have said many times already, many thanks for your help to stop this madness. As always I ask for your prayers as well. They are much appreciated.
The Dine'h need the support of all. For those of you who want to ask me what you can do, I'll tell you now. Write letters, lots of letters. Make phone calls. Here are some numbers I received recently. Call the Hopi Tribal Council at (520)734-3707; Benally says to ask for the Chairman, leaving "your request to protect Dineh Rights for Chairman Wayne Taylor and Eugene Kahe, Hopi Tribal Council Chief of Staff." Call Wendell Honanul at the BIA at (520)738-2225, asking him to stop the livestock impoundment and livestock reduction. Be sure to also demand that they stop "all human rights violations and carry no guns around the people." Make these calls at least once a week until January. All this is requested to protect the Dine, their indigenous and human rights. Big Mountain needs to be preserved "as a National Historical Cultural Preservation Site." It is also asked that you call the Hopi Area Bureau of Indian Affairs (520) 738-2249, and ask that they stop harassing the Dine'h elders which appears to be ongoing. Finally, let Joe Lodge at the US Attorneys Office know of your support for the Dine'h resisters. He can be reached at (520) 556-3115.
One other request is that you write your Congressmen, asking them to support H.R. 104 which will remove the Bennett Freeze, thus benefiting the Dine'h. You can visit a call to action for more information as well as SENAA's Newsletter to view a text version of the bill. The links are on this page. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this.
Navajo resisters lose last appeal. This brought about another action which will allow the Hopi to do this, the lifting of an injunction by U.S. District Judge Earl Carroll in Arizona. This injunction was against the Hopi enforcing their grazing laws, and had been in place since 1977, three short years after PL 93-531. At this time I'm at a loss as to what to do now. If anyone has any ideas out there, let me know.
If you missed the links to the on line petitions on my home page, consider signing them now. This link will take you directly to the signature page. Don't let the forced relocations take place. The other petition is We Demand Peace and Harmony for the Dineh, Hopi, and Mother Earth. You can also find a hard copy of this petition to print and circulate Petition - Big Mountain Sovereign Nation. The place for relocation is poison. Read about its water source, the Puerco River. Investigate Peabody Coal. Look at what the strip mining has already done to Black Mesa. Every time I look at these pictures, they tear at my inner most being - my stomach turns over in knots. But they need to be seen.
Read also about the evidence that the Navajo are related to the Anasazis, and have been living in this area, dating back to ancient times. This is not their land? Still that is what is said by those consumed by greed.
Look into the area where the government wants to relocate the Dine'. You will soon see it is not an option. Where they live is their land, and they have every right to it. No one has the right to take it away, even those who look to make money since Peabody Coal wants to have its way with Black Mesa.
These sites will provide a learning experience for all. Below this description these tags should take you quickly to the section which most interests you.
Family that gave land has no regrets
Bennett Freeze compact violates rights
A formal gesture of the Navajo Nation president introduced a contract that has been in motion for
the past two years without the knowledge of the Navajo people.
Back to square one with Bennett Freeze
One lonely winter night in December of 1998, I sat in a motel room in Winslow, Ariz., typing on
a typewriter I borrowed from my sister, Gloria.
Electricity slowly coming to Freeze residents
WINDOW ROCK - For more years than she can count, Ruth Tohannie has been wanting electricity
in her come west of Tuba City.
Freeze amendment opposed
McCain's legislation to on Navajo, Hopi Land Settlement resisted
WINDOW ROCK - The Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Navajo Nation Council backed
legislation Monday sponsored by Delegate Hope MacDonald-LoneTree opposing the Navajo-Hopi
Land Settlement Amendments of 2005 sponsored by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Freeze comments frost delegates
WINDOW ROCK — The three Navajo Nation Council delegates who voted Tuesday against the proposed
intergovernmental compact between the Nation and the Hopi Tribe say they are not happy with statements
made Wednesday by President Joe Shirley Jr. on KTNN Radio.
Freeze residents file lawsuit, seek to void compact
WINDOW ROCK - Residents of the Bennett Freeze area have files a lawsuit in Tuba City District Court to
get the intergovernmental agreement between the Hopis and the Navajos voided because parts of it are to
Freeze residents impatient with planning process
TUBA CITY - The residents of the former Bennett Freeze do not understand why it is taking tribal
planners so long to figure out what they need....
New homes planned in Bennett Freeze
WINDOW ROCK - The 1934 Reservation Subcommittee, of the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission, adopted a
plan of operations and a work plan Monday.
Dog 'skinned alive'
WINDOW ROCK — A sheep dog belonging to a Navajo elder who claims she did not sign over her grazing
area, was "skinned alive, run over twice," and tossed next to a campsite occupied by Desert Rock resisters.
EPA releases Desert Rock public comments: No time line yet on final air permit for proposed power plant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has compiled and released about 1,000 comments on the
draft air permit for the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant, which would be located in Burnham on
the Navajo Nation.
Global warming bill delays Desert Rock
ST. MICHAELS ? The air permit for the Desert Rock Energy Project is being held up by U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency over concerns with the Endangered Species Act and global
warming, and legislation introduced March 11 in Washington is not going to help the matter.
'A Step in the wrong direction (Desert Rock)
WINDOW ROCK - A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Desert Rock Energy Co. LLC and Diné Power Authority
against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “is unfortunate and premature, according to New
Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry.
$1 million earmarked for Black Mesa mud
WINDOW ROCK - Since word went out Monday about snow and mud conditions in the Black Mesa area,
"it has triggered a lot of response," Delegate Amos Johnson said Tuesday afternoon during a break
in the Navajo Nation Council's debate on allocating $1 million for Emergency Management to deal with
Accord reached for sacred Hopi sites on Navajo land
PHOENIX (AP) -- After a bitter 40-year dispute, leaders of the Navajo and Hopi tribes sat together
Friday and signed an agreement that allowed development on 700,000 acres of land that both claim as
Adopt-a -Native-Elder Program
Alert - Big Mountain - July 2002
learn more about what you can do to stop the current escalation of
terrorism against those who live at Big Mountain brought on by the constant
presence of armed Hopi Rangers.
Analysis of Dine'h Case Needs
Back in the saddle
WINDOW ROCK — The 10th Annual Navajo Nation Council Horse Ride will start July 13
from Cameron Chapter, with those riders and Navajo Mountain riders merging
at Tolani Lake and continuing on to Window Rock for the opening of the
summer council session.
Larry Noble and Willie Grayeyes, co-coordinators of the event, will lead riders on a trek
across Navajoland in the tradition of tribal government leaders who have gone before them.
Big Mountain Elders, Sundancers Resist Relocation
Big Mountain: Speech Read and Submitted by Coal Miner
Big Mountain Sundance grounds fenced by rangers
a must read about current actions of the HTC and their armed guard,
the Hopi Rangers - their latest act of harassment July 8, 2002 -
article written by Brenda Norrell
Big Mtn. Dineh Support for Longest Walk II (Northern Route)
Big Mountain supporters targeted in Denver police spy files
another article by Brenda Norrell, another must read
Black Mesa, Arizona - Navajo Nation
Black Mesa Contacts
Black Mesa Historicals
Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS)
This site has been revamped and contains much
useful information. Current information can be
found here about address for contact what is going on
at Black Mesa. Please note the new email
address for contact via the web.
Black Mesa Monitoring Program
Charts about water usage here through 2000
Black Mesa Project goals
a brief listing of the goals for Peabody's current permit request for
Black Meas mine, almost simplistically given, no mention of the people this
permit would effect, on the same page with an article presenting the
the scewed response to protests against the LOM permit.
Black Mesa Support Updates
The Black Mesa Syndrome: Indian Lands, Black Gold
Black Mesa residents urge search for energy alternatives
What is said here in terms of being certain Mohave will be shut down
in light of earlier articles that have appeared that seemed to
indicate that the DOI, HTC, NTC and Peabody were negotiating an
extension of Peabody's lease. Peabody was also arrogant enough
to say they had the "right" to use the N-Aquifer, and claim once
that their usage of the N-Aquifer is not responsible for diminishing
water levels or anything else associated with this use.
Black Mesa Trust
this site was down for a while but is now up and working again
Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land
Bo Peep's Hogan
Blood Money (Headwaters News -- Perspective)
two articles -- Traditional Navajo and Hopi warned against strip mining Black
Mesa and Contradictions run deep on Black Mesa
October 23, 2002
Broken Rainbow on YouTube
Bush Thinks America has Nailed the Final Nail on the Coffin of Indigenous History in the US the Sacred Mountains: The Effects of the Navajo-Hopi Land
Chapter official wants emergency assessment now
BLACK MESA - Glenna Chee, an official with Black Mesa Chapter, received a distress call Sunday
evening from a mother stuck somewhere on the road near Kitsillie, but there was no way she
could get there to help.
Cheyfitz, Gladue: Why not a chapter for the Navajos living on the Hopi partitioned lands?
Katherine Smith, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a life-long
resident of Big Mountain on the HPL, wrote the following:
"At this point in history, we, [HPL] Navajos, have no sovereignty left.
We do not have power over our own lives or stewardship over our natural resources.
The Dineh who live on the HPL under the 1996 Accommodation Agreement,
are without proper political representation. Furthermore, HPL residents
are left with no resources for funding basic human services, including community
buildings, housing, decent roads, electricity and running water. Residents
must drive long distances to access health services, schools, jobs, haul
drinking water, pick-up mail, get gas, and groceries."
Read about the Hiroshima Flame Interfaith Pilgrimage, and the
extinguishing of the Hiroshima Peace Flame here.
Council votes against use of Navajo Aquifer
Dark Days on Black Mesa
of the Navaho-Hopi 'Land Dispute" by John Redhouse
Land Dispute Documents 1854-1984
Traditional Dineh Land Rights at Risk on Big Mountain
Trail of Tears 2000
Tribes lobby to end land dispute
a new deadline? is this one for real?
Navajos reminisce about the relocation years
United Nations: Economic and Social Council -- The Right to Development (February 2003)
UN Investigates US Human Rights
Homes in various states of disrepair, unfinished, or never begun on the HPL.
The "Unseen" Price of Coal
Vanishing Prayer (YouTube video)
View from the Hogan, January 2000
Water on Black Mesa: Opponents of Navajo Aquifer pumping must follow
bureaucratic trail to be heard
Why the Silence?
White Man's Justice
A wind is blowing across Black Mesa 7-15-01
Please see related article Help coming for families promised HPL homes
The Worth of Water (NRDC Report)
Yah ah Tey! Big Mountain Grafitti Bridge
AG: Lawsuit against Peabody to resume
[Please note: Most of the articles that appeared about saving the San Francisco Peaks have since disappeared. Please see Save the Peaks.org for new information.]
Tribes asked to pray for Peaks
WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and Council Speaker Lawrence
Morgan are calling upon all tribes which hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred to join in
prayer Dec. 11, when the issue of desecrating the peaks goes before the U.S.
Court of Appeals for review.
Tribes demand respect for peaks
Tribes invoke Gods to Block Wastewater Snowmaking
Faced with one of its worst ski seasons in years amid an ongoing drought, operators of the Arizona
Snowbowl pitched a plan five years ago to make man-made snow by using treated wastewater
from the nearby city of Flagstaff.
U.S. Department of Justice files for rehearing of SF Peaks case
The sacred mountain is once again under threat due to the U.S. Department of Justice?s appealing the
ruling to prohibit artificial snowmaking using reclaimed wastewater on behalf of the Forest Service.
The initial ruliing of the case by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals thwarted attempts of proposed expansions
and artifiicial snowmaking by the Arizona Snowbowl, a local ski resort
[Note: Many of the articles that were written about Sun Dance 2001 seem to have disappeared. Only a few are still available. Some listed below were found at other sites for which the links have been changed. Many thanks to those who had the presence of mind to save these articles so that access is still available.]
of Traditional Dineh Elders at Big Mountain, Arizona, July 2001
Company joins Navajo fight for uranium cleanup
WASHINGTON - El Paso Natural Gas Co. is lending support to a new Navajo effort to force federal cleanup
of one of the Cold War's last major toxic legacies.
EPA determines parcel near Church Rock is Indian Country
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Navajo Nation believes a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ruling that a 160-acre parcel near Church Rock is "Indian Country" gives the tribe a stronger
position to fight uranium mining in the area.
Feds blasted for lack of cleanup
CHINLE - Members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform lambasted federal
officials Tuesday for the slow pace of uranium site cleanup on the Navajo Nation, witnesses at a Washington,
D.C. committee hearing reported.
Groups Organizing Against Navajo Nation Uranium Mining registration needed to access article
GALLUP - Activists are fighting the possibility of increased uranium mining on the Navajo reservation.
Navajo fight to shake off lethal nuclear legacy
Like many calamities faced by the Navajo since they were defeated by United States troops in
the 1860s, the trial visited upon America's largest native American tribe - whose 300,000 members
occupy a vast reservation of deserts, mesas, mountains and canyons that straddle Arizona, Utah and
New Mexico - originated with a decision made far away in Washington.
Navajo gets commitment on uranium contamination
WINDOW ROCK - Representatives of the Navajo Nation received a bipartisan commitment Tuesday from
members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to address "a modern American
tragedy" resulting from decades of uranium mining activities foisted on an uninformed Navajo public
by the U.S. government.
Nuclear Effects - The Navaho Nation
Officials look at mining impact
CHURCH ROCK - The dozen state senators and representatives clustered together in Teddy Nez's patchy
yard last week knew they were standing on dangerous ground.
A persistent cold
Former mine worker warns of 'the sickness' if uranium mining returns to Navajoland
Radioactive water near Hopi springs
Two Hopi villages and their wells lie in the path of a radioactive plume of water.
Tainted water heads to Hopi
WINDOW ROCK - On the rare occasion the Navajo Nation can convince someone else to clean up an old
uranium mill or mine, it's usually the federal government that sues the former owner. But the old mill by
Tuba City, Ariz., which the Navajo Nation has linked to a migrating plume of contaminated groundwater
threatening both Navajo and Hopi water supplies, is different.
Theft of Navajo Lands
Too hot to handle?
Rising uranium prices means jobs; but some say the risk is too great
Tribe takes on toxic waste
On the Navajo Reservation, abandoned uranium mines and other toxic waste sites now stand a much better
chance of remediation: The Navajo Nation Council just passed one of the most comprehensive toxic waste
laws in Indian country.
uranium documents on file
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