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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Uranium in Indian country: Paul Zimmerman releases 'The Cult of Nuclearists'

Zimmerman releases chapter of new book to Censored News to aid in the struggles of Indigenous Peoples

From author Paul Zimmerman to Brenda Norrell:

"I recently read your article on about proposed uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. It got me thinking as to whether or not I could make some small contribution to the struggle, being played out yet again, between native peoples and what I call the Cult of Nuclearists. I decided to release a chapter that I'm very proud of from my newly published book. When you read the attached document, and if you find it of worth, I would be honored if you would share it with whatever groups and individuals you are aware of who may find it interesting and informative."

A Primer in the Art of Deception
The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science
by Paul Zimmerman
Copies of this book can be ordered at or by contacting the author at either or P.O. Box 145, Lyndonville, NY 14098
Excerpts, read full chapter at link below:
"... Peoples of the Navajo Nation, Laguna Pueblo and Acoma Pueblo suffered the greatest impact from this invasion by the large energy companies. Their familiar pastoral economy was rapidly transformed into a mining-industrial economy,and they became a mining-dependent population (Kuletz). Recruited as a cheap source of labor for the mines, Native Americans were exploited economically, receiving two-thirds the salary of employees brought in from off the reservation (Churchill). During the uranium boom of the 1970s, the median salary for the Laguna Pueblo was 50 dollars per week(Kuletz). Maximum economic gain for the mining companies was the driving force for the abuses showered on Native American communities in the Four Corners region ..."
"The desecration of sacred lands by uranium mining interests is never ending. A particularly appalling example became public knowledge in 2008 when newspapers reported that VANE Minerals, a UK mining company, was petitioning the US government for mining rights in the Grand Canyon."
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Photo: Havasupai Gathering to Halt Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon/Photo by Brenda Norrell

1 comment:

Arlene Bowman said...

Very good article Brenda about uranium in Indian Country and the book suggested to read about the topic. Somehow I will read the book you suggested. It's not easy to find books like that where I live and not have to pay a lot of money for it because I cannot afford to buy such a book. Maybe the library may just have it. Anyhow reading If You Poison Us, Uranium and Native Americans by Peter H. Eichstaedt to help understand the uranium history and Indian nations' history with it. Bought book from Navajo Community college bookstore in Shiprock when I was last up there in 03. Shocking news, but not really surprised by it all. Using, using, using. Lying, lying and lying by US fed government. It's hard to be optimistic when I read and hear such info, but I find ways to not be so down beat. Have to.

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