Mining and Energy Development (Indigenous Lands)

  • Aboriginal Overkill and Native Burning: Implications for Modern Ecosystem Management: Discussion of Native controlled burns in ecosystem maintenance, and the alleged overkilling of certain game animals by pre-contact American Indians. The latter is a controversial belief that many Native peoples consider to be propaganda.
  • Coal firm may pull its straw out of aquifer: How some are reacting to the fact that the Moenkopi Wash dries up during the summer now, and the winter flow is not what it used to be.  High Country News April 18, 1994
  • U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Program: Richland Operations Office. The Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Yakama Nation and Wanapum have cultural ties or treaty rights to the lands of the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington state. The Department of Energy is responsible for the Hanford clean-up and consults with these affected tribes. DOE policies, tribal environmental offices, and related links.
  • Jicarilla Indians expand their reservation: Phill Casaus, High Country News, May 16, 1994. The tribe adds to its lands by purchasing an adjacent ranch.
  • Native Americans Bear the Nuclear Burden: Andreas Knudsen. Reprinted from Indigenous Affairs, January/February/March 1996. Published by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. The Western Shoshone and the Pauite-Shoshone are featured in a discussion of indigenous populations' exposure to radiation from the mining, milling, conversion and enrichment of uranium, and testing nuclear weapons on reservation lands.
  • Poison Fire, Sacred Earth: Testimonies, Lectures, Conclusions: Testimonies given by American Indians and other indigenous peoples at the 1992 World Uranium Hearing in Salzburg, Austria. Part of a book by the same title ISBN 3-928505-00-9.
  • Uranium Industry and Indigenous Peoples of North America: Four Directions Council. 1987. Submission to the United Nations, Economic and Social Council, Commission on Human Rights, Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.
  • Uranium Milling and the Church Rock Disaster: In 1979, a dam holding uranium mill wastes burst into the Rio Puerco River, a water source for Navajo families and their livestock. The disaster has caused long-term health problems to the Navajo and others. Part of the complete online reprinting of their book Killing Our Own: Chronicling the Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation, 1945-1982, by permission of the authors.