Havasupai protest uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Havasupai protest uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Mules are pictured at the general store in Supai, a Havasupai village in the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Elf, cc-by-sa 3.0, https://bit.ly/3mbLLsm) KINGMAN – The mining of uranium near Grand Canyon National Park is once again an issue.

The Havasupai Tribal Council sent a formal letter of opposition to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality reiterating its opposition to the Pinyon Plain Mine and requesting improved consultation and coordination with ADEQ to recognize the value of tribal traditional knowledge, as well as basic data-sharing on the mine’s operations and contaminants.

According to a news release from the tribe, the May 27 letter documents consistent failures by ADEQ to consider the best science available and the well-founded concerns of Indigenous people who “bear the environmental burdens of the Pinyon Plain Mine.”

Council Member Stuart L.T. Chavez said the Havasupai Tribe has fought to protect its water and traditional cultural lands from the harmful […]

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