Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 18, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Hold Earth Day Forum to Address Nuclear Threats


Indigenous Peoples Hold Earth Day Forum to Address Nuclear Threats

Contact: Ian Zabarte 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Indigenous Peoples from Western Shoshone, Havasupai, DinĂ© (Navajo), and Paiute Nations will gather on Earth Day 2017 to address nuclear threats. The Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues 2017 (NAFNI 2017) will be held Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium. The forum will address the renewed threat of the proposed Yucca Mountain High Level Nuclear Waste Repository, new uranium mining at the Grand Canyon, the thousands of abandoned uranium mines spread throughout the US, desecration of sacred sites, and cancer risks.

Trump has proposed $120 million to re-initiate the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who recently toured the site, is being sued by Texas officials who are pushing to have Yucca Mountain permitted within one year.
Nevada state officials are opposed to the licensing and have intervened in suit.

Since 1951 the US and UK have conducted nuclear testing within Western Shoshone homelands causing a wide variety of adverse health consequences know to be plausible from exposure to radiation in fallout. The proposed Yucca Mountain high level nuclear waste repository, if licensed, will add significant risk factors to the lives of the Shoshone and Paiute people. Yucca Mountain, in the heart of the Western Shoshone Nation, is also sacred site for Shoshone and Paiute peoples.

According to Ian Zabarte, Secretary of the Native Community Action Council, “Yucca Mountain is within the Shoshone treaty boundary and therefore cannot meet the licensing requirement of ownership since the treaty is in full force and effect. This is our primary contention at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board.”

Who:            Michael Lerma, Professor at Northern Arizona University
                    Ian Zabarte, Native Community Action Council
                    Carletta Tillousi, Havasupai Tribal Council Member
                    Joe Kennedy of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
                    Leona Morgan, DinĂ© No Nukes, Haul No!
                    Klee Benally, Clean Up The Mines!, Haul No!

When:          Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                    Sunday April 23, 2017 (site visit, contact for details).

Where:         Barrick Museum Auditorium on the campus of University of Nevada
                    4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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