August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Havasupai Nation supports Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act


Havasupai Nation supports Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

by Amber Reimondo, Energy Program Director
Grand Canyon Trust
Censored News

For decades, the Havasupai Tribe — the Havasu 'Baaja, the "people of the blue-green waters" — has worked tirelessly to protect the iconic waterfalls of their homeland from contamination from uranium mines on the rims of the Grand Canyon above. These world-famous waterfalls are everywhere in the public imagination, from tourists' Instagram posts to BeyoncĂ© music videos. But what isn't quite so visible is the fact that the water that flows through Havasu Creek to feed these falls comes from the Redwall-Muav aquifer, the Havasupai Tribe's sole source of drinking water. And it is precious. Water from the aquifer nurtures their crops and orchards, their animals, and their people at the bottom of the canyon, where they have lived since time immemorial.
A Senate bill for permanent protection