Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Friday, July 16, 2021
New Mexico: Reckless U.S. Government's Nuclear Industry Left Trail of Cancer for Navajos and Hispanics
The fight to right the injustices of Trinity
Hidden Genocide -- Genocide in Canada is now confirmed with the location of widespread hidden graves of children who were kidnapped and incarcerated in residential schools. Survivors describe the murder of children.
In the U.S., the widespread deaths resulting from the U.S. government's reckless nuclear industry is genocide often hidden from history.
Nuclear energy left a trail of cancer deaths with the detonation of the first atomic bomb at Trinity in south-central New Mexico. The largest radioactive spill was at Church Rock, New Mexico, leaving a trail of death for Dine' (Navajos.) This radiation now flows west in the Rio Puerco wash toward Flagstaff, Arizona.
The targeting of Native communities went further in New Mexico and Arizona, as Navajo and Pueblo were sent to their deaths in the uranium mines without protective clothing. The radioactive dust covered their food, and the grass for livestock; miners brought the death dust home to their families on their clothing.
This reckless genocide was repeated at uranium mines in Native communities in Cove and elsewhere on the Navajo Nation, in Acoma and Laguna Pueblos, and throughout the west.
As far away as Canada, uranium mining left behind a trail of cancer deaths for Dene.
The recklessness of the U.S. government left behind a trail of cancer for Western Shoshone in Nevada from atomic bomb detonations. The U.S. continues this nuclear recklessness by pursuing Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste dumping. There is no safe way to store nuclear waste.
John Redhouse, Dine', was among the first Dine' to rise up in the defense of land and water rights in modern times.