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Y-A Nation opposes mining claims

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

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Representatives from the Yavapai-Apache Nation recently threw their support behind another tribe's efforts to protest uranium mining in parts of Arizona.

They joined other American Indians and conservation groups July 25 at Red Butte in the Kaibab National Forest in a rally hoping to stop potential damage to this area of the state.

The area, just south of the Grand Canyon, is sacred to the Havasupai tribe. Concerned over a recent spike in uranium mining claims in the area, the Havasupai hosted the rally to bring attention to the issue in an attempt to curtail what the tribe considers an abuse of their traditional lands.

Though the rally included prayers and ceremonies, the tribe's concerns are more than religious in nature. There is a more practical and immediate impact of uranium mining, according to the tribe.

According to the Arizona Sierra Club, uranium development, threatens to damage wildlife habitat, industrialize iconic wildlands and contaminate surface wafer and groundwater feeding regional seeps and springs, including Havasu springs and waterfalls near the Supai Village in Grand Canyon.

The Sierra Club has been joined by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust to take legal measures against more uranium mining and are hoping to lobby the federal government into intervening.

These groups are also working with the Havasupai to try and stop the Denison Mine Company from reopening the old Canyon Mine located in the Kaibab forest; the tribe is concerned that the water needed to aid in extracting uranium will affect their drinking water supply, which lies downstream from the proposed mining operations.

— Mark Lineberger Larson Newspapers

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Original Publication Date: August 5, 2009

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