August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

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Censored 'Trespassing' film reveals Natives targeted by nuclear industry

Ward Valley: Halting a Nuclear Dump on Sacred Land. Photos by Molly Johnson

Censored around the world, the film Trespassing tells the story of the successful protest and halt to a radioactive waste dump at Ward Valley, led by Mojave and Colorado River Indian Nations. It shows the impacts of the atomic bomb testing on Western Shoshone and shares the words of Laguna Pueblo uranium miner Dorothy Purely. She died from cancer as the film was being made. A Dineh uranium miner from Red Valley on the Navajo Nation says they were never told of the danger of the radioactive dust where they ate their lunch. We interviewed filmmaker Carlos Demenezes in Tucson, where the film won a prestigious award in 2006 while being rejected globally. At Ward Valley in the Mojave Desert, the protests spanned years, with AIM and the resistance facing off with the Bureau of Land Management  on the isolated dirt road into the camp, for the protection of the desert tortoise and sacred mountain. The radioactive dump could have poisoned the water of the Colorado River, a source of water for millions. This powerful film was rejected by Sundance Film Festival twice, and most of the leading film festivals in the world after its release. The horrors of uranium mining and the nuclear industry of the U.S. government and its corporate partners, continue in a trail of cancer and death.

Energy Transition in Four Corners led by atomic bomb industry: Flying high under green banner

Energy Transition in Four Corners led by atomic bomb industry: Flying high under the green banner

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Spin: Atomic bomb industry is leading Biden's green transition in the Four Corners.

The U.S. government is cheerleading for itself. It announced that its energy transition in the Four Corners will be led by the atomic bomb industry.

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