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The Navajo Nation and Uranium Mining

This page was written by Erin Klauk as part of the DLESE Community Services Project: Integrating Research in Education.

Great Seal of the Navajo Nation. Details

While the Navajo were struggling economically during the nuclear age, uranium was discovered on their reservation. Uneducated about the environmental and health risks from mining uranium, many Navajo men were thankful to have found work so close to home ([Brugge, 2000] ). This was the beginning of hardships that were previously unknown to the Navajo people. Today, more than 50 years later, the Navajo are still feeling the effects from uranium mining.

To get started, view pages, or follow the links below to pages that have been developed to illustrate the events that occurred on the Navajo Nation due to uranium mining:


Listen to Navajo Nation Pushes for Uranium Cleanup by Ted Robbins, broadcast on National Public Radio May 30, 2008.
For ideas on how to use these webpages in a classroom, a Study Guide is provided.




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