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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Take Action: Stop Uranium Mining in Grand Canyon

By Indigenous Action
Denison Mines Corp., a Canadian corporation has submitted water and air quality permit applications to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in an attempt to operate uranium mines near the Grand Canyon.

Not only do these mines directly threaten the Ecoregion of the Grand Canyon, they further corporate attacks on community health, environment and sacred places.

These mines include the currently operating Arizona 1 Mine and the proposed Pinenut and EZ mines north of the Grand Canyon and the proposed Canyon Mine on the south rim near Red Butte, a site held holy by the Havasupai Nation.

The legacy of uranium mining in the region has been so harmful that the Dine' (Navajo), Hualapai, and Havasupai Nations have all banned uranium mining and activity on their lands.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has documented well water as undrinkable in at least 22 communities on the Dine’ Nation. The EPA states that, “Approximately 30 percent of the Navajo population does not have access to a public drinking water system and may be using unregulated water sources with uranium contamination."

The Colorado river which, flows through the Grand Canyon, supplies water for drinking and agricultural use for up to 27 million people.

If all the permits are allowed, up to 12 trucks per day would haul uranium ore from each of the mines to a processing mill in Blanding, Utah.
The haul routes would take uranium ore from the various mines through the communities of Fredonia, Kanab, Williams, Flagstaff, Cameron, Tuba City, and Kayenta.

The ADEQ air quality permits and Department of Transportation regulations would merely require Denison to "cover the haul truck loads with a tarp and maintain the truck beds to ensure that ore does not fall out." (ADEQ Denison Mines Permitting and Uranium Mining Facts, Questions & Answers November 2010)

Although environmental groups have successfully lobbied the US Secretary of Interior to suspend new uranium claims in a 5 mile buffer zone near the Grand Canyon, the suspension does not include pre-existing claims such as Denison's.

Today there estimated to be more than 8,000 applications for uranium mining operations in the Grand Canyon region.
Deadline for public comments is January 14th at 5pm
Send your comments to Arizona Department Of Environmental Quality
For more info call toll free: 1800-234-5677
Printed materials including draft permits:
Additional information and action:
Center for Biological Diversity's info and online comment letter:

American Indian Airwaves: Defend the Tongva Nation

“A Call to Action: Defending the Tongva Nation from Religious Dogma”
American Indian Airwaves
8 --9 pm today, Los Angeles
Today on American Indian Airwaves we will speak live with Cindi Alvitre (Tongva Naton), Desiree Martinez (Tongva Nation), and Wendy Teeter, Curator of Archaeology for the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History) on the recent desecration of at least 100 and more Tongva Nation ancestors at the construction site of the LA Plaza de Cultura y Aretes Cultural Center at Yangna (downtown Los Angeles, CA on 501 Main St.), how the La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes ( propaganda supports denying there are Indigenous ancestors being desecrated , and how the La Placita Church ( is employing the doctrine of divine sovereignty by claiming all the ancestors are part of the church and therefore its property. Both the La Placita Church and the La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes are denying, contrary to church and other agency documents, there are no Indigenous ancestors at Yangna. Tune in for much more.
American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angeles,93.7 North San Diego FM 98.7 Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, or and every Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm (ECT) on WCRS 98.3/102.1 Columbus, OH.
SPECIAL NOTICE: weekly shows can now be heard on the KPFK web site ( under "audio archives" located on the top of the KPFK webpage Contact:
La Placita Church (
535 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 629-3101
La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes (
501 North Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(888) 488-8083

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