In response to: http://www.skeptic.ca/Native_Subjugation_in_the_West.htm
NOW HOW IS IT THAT IN CANADA THEY CLAIM THEY CAN REMEDIATE LANDS AND WATERS WHERE THEY HAVE MINED URANIUM?
Corporations engaged in uranium mining and milling on the Navajo Reservation and at the Laguna site were also absolved of responsibility by the BIA for cleaning up upon completion of their endeavors, with the result that hundreds of tailings piles were simply abandoned during the 1970s and 1980s.114 A fine sand retaining about 75 percent of the radioactive content of the original ore, the tailings constitute a massive source of windblown carcinogenic/mutogenic contaminants affecting all persons and livestock residing within a wide radius of each pile.’15 Both ground and surface water have also been heavily contaminated with radioactive by-products throughout the Four Corners region.116 In the Black Hills region, the situation is much the same.” At its Hanford Nuclear Weapons Facility, located on the Yakima Reservation in Washington State, the AEC itself secretly discharged some 440 billion gallons of plutonium, strontium, celsium, tritium, and other high level radioactive contaminants into the local aquifer between 1955 and 1989.118
Given that the half-life of the substances involved is as long as 125,000 years, the magnitude of the disaster inflicted upon Native North America by IRA colonialism should not be underestimated. The Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory observed in its February 1978 Mini-Report that the only “solution” its staff could conceive of for the problems presented by wind-blown radioactive contaminants would be “to zone the land into uranium mining and milling districts so as to forbid human habitation.” Similarly:
A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report states bluntly that [reclamation after any sort of mining] cannot be done in areas with less than 10 inches of rainfall a year; the rainfall over most of the Navajo Nation [and many other western reservations] ranges from six to ten inches a year. The NAS suggests that such areas be spared development or honestly labeled “national sacrifice areas.