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Uranium, Coal, Water and Sacred Sites in the Southwest
A panel discussion, held April 28, 2011, at ASU in Tempe, Ariz., on the shifting policies of domestic energy production and the detrimental effects it has on indigenous communities in the southwestern United States.
Community leaders Manny Pino (Acoma), Dr. James Riding In (Pawnee) and Hertha Woody (Dine') discuss the human and environmental costs of coal and uranium production, water settlement issues, and how indigenous perspectives of sacred sites affects our viewpoints of and relationships to all the above.
Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, is a professor of sociology and American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College. He possesses extensive knowledge about uranium mining's impact on Indigenous issues.
Hertha Woody is of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. She grew up on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock NM. Hertha earned her BS and a Masters in Secondary Education at NAU. She worked two years with the Native American Cancer Research Program at NAU as an undergraduate researcher studying the effects of how uranium interacts with DNA to cause mutations that may lead to cancer. Currently, Hertha is the uranium campaign coordinator at Grand Canyon Trust. She has been working closely with several tribes (Havasupai, Hualapai, Navajo, Hopi and Kaibab Paiute) in the northern Arizona region to promote awareness about uranium mining at the Grand Canyon.
Dr. James Riding In is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and an associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. He received a Master’s in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has played a prominent role in the development of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and he is the editor of Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies. His research about repatriation, as well as historical and contemporary Indian issues has appeared in various books and scholarly journals.
The Council Advocating an Indigenous Manifesto (CAIM) is dedicated to increasing Indigenous peoples' knowledge of colonization and decolonization. Through actions oriented through decolonization, Indigenous peoples will become the primary protectors of the integrity of their communities.