Sacred place of prayer for the well-being of the world approved for uranium mining in Arizona--as disaster reveals danger of nuclear power in Japan
By Brenda Norrell
Matthew Putesoy, vice chairman of the Havasupai Nation, said the Grand Canyon is a national treasure, inviting 5 million people every year to explore and be inspired by its beauty. "To the Havasuw 'Baaja, who have lived in the region for many hundreds of years, it is sacred. As the 'guardians of the Grand Canyon,' we strenuously object to mining for uranium here. It is a threat to the health of our environment and tribe, our tourism-based economy, and our religion."
American Indian Nations joined local residents to oppose this threat to their water and air.
However, Arizona regulators caved in to the pressure from the corporation--Denison Mines based in Toronto, Canada--and the coopted US government.
Nevertheless, this shows the difference between mainstream and Native values. The mainstream sees the land as something to use, whereas Natives see it as something to protect and cherish.
For more on the Grand Canyon, see Santa Visits Havasupai by Helicopter and Native Landmark at Grand Canyon.