Dear Mr. President: We oppose further uranium mining of our lands

Runners make their way into the village of Supai./ Photo courtesy of Christopher Cadeau, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

‘Uranium has killed fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers across the Navajo Nation’

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Responding to President Donald Trump’s overtures to open up uranium mining on tribal lands, the Navajo Nation and Havasupai Tribe (People of the Blue Green Water) are expressing their opposition.

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. Eric Descheenie and six other runners (photo) on a run to the village of Supai on February 14 to collect handwritten letters from the students of Havasupai Elementary School.

THE LETTERS ARE ADDRESSED TO U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN RESPONSE TO SPECULATION THAT HE PLANS TO LIFT A 20-YEAR BAN ON URANIUM MINING IN THE GREATER GRAND CANYON REGION, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN 2012.

“We came to support the efforts of Representative Eric Descheenie and the Havasupai tribe to elevate the voice of the Havasupai youth.” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “Their voice needs to be heard, especially on issues that impact their health and way of life.”

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