Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 2, 2009

American Indian Airwaves: Mount Tenabo and Navajo uranium mining

02/04/09, Wednesday, on American Indian Airwaves

"Mt. Tenabo Revisited and Energy Policy Opens Up more Indigenous Lands for Uranium Mining"

Part 1: Julie Fischel, Western Shoshone Defense Project (, joins us for the first segment of today's show to discuss the federal decision denying the preliminary injunction to halt Barrack Gold Company, the worlds largest gold mining company, Cortez Hills Expansion Project within the Western Shoshone Nation and at the base of the sacred site Mount Tenabo. The project, was recently approved by the Bureau of Land Management, and will be the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States, Julie discuss the judicial, cultural , and political parameters of this setback and what the next step is in the struggle to protect the Western Shoshone Nation.

Part 2:Anna Rondon (Dine' Nation), indigenous activist, Member of Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, and main organizer of the Indigenous World Uranium Summit, joins us for this segment of the show to discuss former President Bush's executive orders initiated prior to his second presidential term concluding and how they allow for more uranium mining within indigenous nations in the southwest, and, ultimately, the construction of more nuclear power plants as part of the dominant society's archaic and draconian energy policies. Anna also discusses what the ramifications potentially are for indigenous peoples and their respective First Nations, and what the new administration's agenda is for (new) energy sources.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi there;

I read on one of these articles that Barrick is a Canadian company. I've also heard (via word of mouth) that Canada treats its first nation peoples much better than we do here in the US. Has anyone tried contacting Canada's business authorities to complain about these heinous actions of one of their companies?

Also, who are Barrick's most numerous customers? Can you get word to them asking for a boycott on buying gold from Barrick? I mean, there are jewelers who brag about how they don't buy African "blood" diamonds, well, what about the providence of the gold they buy?

Finally, what can I as a white girl (and life-time voting citizen) do to help? Specifically, do you have any names of congresscritters or other government officials that I could at least write a letter to?

At the very least I am sending prayers and healing energy to the Shoshone nation. Just in the short net search I did after hearing about threats to your upcoming Sun Dance I can see you have a great deal of work ahead of you. Many blessings upon you all.