More than 500 abandoned uranium mines are on the Navajo Nation.
Short History from the Environmental Protection Agency:
From 1944 to 1986, nearly 30 million tons of uranium ore were extracted from Navajo lands under leases with the Navajo Nation. Many Navajo people worked the mines, often living and raising families in close proximity to the mines and mills. Today the mines are closed, but a legacy of uranium contamination remains, including over 500 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) as well as homes and water sources with elevated levels of radiation. Potential health effects include lung cancer from inhalation of radioactive particles, as well as bone cancer and impaired kidney function from exposure to radionuclides in drinking water.
No Uranium or in Navajo “Letso Dooda” is a video remix that is both a healing and awareness to uranium on the Navajo Nation.