August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, March 6, 2020

Dineh Leona Morgan in Paris: Nuclear Colonialism is Institutionalized Racism


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LEONA MORGAN IN PARIS: NUCLEAR COLONIALISM “IS A FORM OF INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM”

Text Leona Morgan and Christine Prat
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French translation by Christine Prat

Leona Morgan, a Diné [Navajo] antinuclear activist, was invited by the CSIA-Nitassinan on February 16th, 2020. She talked about her work, nuclear colonialism, historical and present impacts of uranium on the people of her community, actions that have been undertaken and actions to be undertaken in order to resist.
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You can find on this site more information on Leona’s work and on her visit in 2019 to Bure, France, where a waste burial site is being dug. (A waste burial site is also planned in New Mexico, where she lives). The Navajo Nation [“reservation”] and the surroundings have been particularly impacted by uranium mines and other nuclear industries.

Leona started her presentation by showing a picture of Monument Valley, a world-famous image, as many movies, especially ‘Western’ movies, were made there. This is also where uranium was first mined in the Navajo Nation, in the 1940s. Mining developed continuously during the Cold Wartime.