Haul No! Halt Uranium Mining in Grand Canyon

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Monday, June 19, 2017

Contact: Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com
Sarana Riggs stopcanyonmine@gmail.com

‘Haul No!’ Tour Underway to Stop Grand Canyon Uranium Mining & Transport

Upcoming Dates: Flagstaff, Cameron, & Red Butte

Grand Canyon, Arizona — As Energy Fuels Inc. (EFI) threatens to start uranium mining on sacred Indigenous Lands managed by the US Forest Service, just miles from the Grand Canyon, Haul No! is in the midst of a 300 mile awareness and action tour along the Canyon Mine haul route.

What: The Haul No! Tour includes presentations on public health, cultural and environmental impacts from uranium mining, and a direct action workshop.

Who: Haul No! is a volunteer Indigenous-led group collaborating with Indigenous communities and leaders, environmental organizations, and community-based advocates working to stop nuclear colonialism in the Southwest.


When & Where:Haul No! tour has already been through Bluff, Monument Valley, Kayenta, & Tuba City.

Monday, June 19, Flagstaff, AZ

Coconino Center for the Arts, 6pm – 8pm
2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tuesday, June 20, Cameron, AZ

UPDATED: Cameron Chapter House, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

June 23-25, Red Butte, AZ
Havasupai Prayer Gathering
Due to Highway 180 road closure please use the following directions from Flagstaff (approx. 75 miles):

Directions: From Flagstaff, take I-40 West

Take exit 165 for AZ-64/I-40 toward Williams/Grand Canyon

Go through Valle (north) and continue 11 miles to Forest Road 320.

Turn right (east) and go 1.3 miles to FR 340.

Look for signs.


Why: Up to 12 trucks a day with 30 tons each of highly radioactive uranium ore are slated to be transported through mostly small reservation communities.The Havasupai Nation has legally challenged the US Forest Service due failure complete meaningful consultation with the Havasupai in their 1986 Environmental Impact Statement regarding Canyon Mine. A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is still pending.

Although the Navajo Nation has banned transport of uranium through its lands since 2012, EFI would be permitted by the state of Arizona due to jurisdictional issues.

Possible radioactive contamination to land, water, and air from the Canyon Mine, White Mesa Mill, and transport of uranium would impact northern Arizona, southeast Utah, the Colorado River, Moenkopi Wash, the San Juan River, and the lands and cultural resources of the Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Paiute peoples.

Updates and more information can be found at: www.haulno.org & www.facebook.com/haulno.

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Honoring Lehman Brightman by John Redhouse

By John Redhouse, Dineh

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http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/06/dineh-john-redhouse-in-honor-of-warrior.html?m=0

In Honor

We have lost another great warrior with the passing of Dr Lehman Brightman, Sr. Lehman or Lee, La Nada Means, and other militant activist-warriors in the San Francisco area boldly founded the United Native Americans (UNA) in the summer of 1968. As a college freshman, I will always remember his strong militant leadership and voice when we protested the anti-Indian presence of Secretary of Interior Walter Hickel (a pro-termination enemy of the People) and corrupt Vice President Spiro Agnew during the annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians in Albuquerque in October, 1969. In our direct action protest, we even took it to the streets when we blocked their motorcade procession from the airport to downtown before being surrounded and brutalized by armed security guards. Later, however, we managed to boo (or heckle) Hickel off stage at the convention. And I will never forget the powerful and eloquent speech he delivered in that packed conference room at the Motor Inn in Window Rock in August, 1970 on the need for militance, always, in the course of our activist work and the necessity of taking the strongest possible action in defense of native peoples and lands throughout the Americas. In January, 1978, I met him again at the Albuquerque Indian School auditorium when he spoke of his continuing work—as an activist and a scholar—documenting and exposing the horrific environmental and health impacts of uranium development on Navajo and Pueblo lands and the criminal motives behind the illegal mass sterilization of native women. I continued to follow and support his life’s work until 2011 when he suffered a crippling stroke and could no longer serve native people. A true warrior, he sacrificed and gave to his people. He gave and gave until he couldn’t give anymore. Like Herb Blatchford, Clyde Warrior, Mel Thom, and other great visionary leaders of the Red Power era, Dr. Lehman Brightman will always be remembered for his remarkable work and enduring legacy.

All Our Relations,
John Redhouse



Thank you John Redhouse, Dine’, for sharing with Censored News your memories of Dr. Lehman Brightman, who passed to the Spirit World on Sunday afternoon.

 

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