"It served as an excellent example of how not to do things," said Kris Hefton, Chief Operating Officer of Vane Minerals, of past practices. "The industry of the past 25 years has learned from that."
On the Tusayan Ranger District alone, there are 2,100 uranium claims, five uranium exploration projects slated and the possible opening of one uranium mine.
"There is some concern for the protection of the resources," he said, noting that the Native American cultures and values are part of that.
All five tribal leaders said that the mining was an affront to the land--not just the reservation land, but all aboriginal land--and their sacred traditions.