1.11.2007

Native Americans Make Anti Uranium Mining Declaration

From the Gathering Tribes Indian Times newsletter,

"From November 29 through December 3, 2006, over three hundred Indigenous people and our allies gathered in Window Rock on the Navajo Nation, coming from the four corners of the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indian, Japan, the United States and Vanuatu. We gathered together to look at how the nuclear chain affects all of us from the mining of uranium to the processing, enrichment, fuel use, weapons testing, deployment and nuclear waste dumping on Indigenous lands.

It was a world class gathering of activists and supporters who were able to share our stories (some of them horrifying) make friends and network, and which resulted in a Declaration Of The Indigenous World Uranium Summit on December 2, 2006."

An excerpt from the declaration:

"We, the Peoples gathered at the Indigenous World Uranium Summit, at this critical time of intensifying nuclear threats to Mother Earth and all life, demand a worldwide ban on uranium mining, processing, enrichment, fuel use, and weapons testing and deployment, and nuclear waste dumping on Native Lands.

Past, present and future generations of Indigenous Peoples have been disproportionately affected by the international nuclear weapons and power industry. The nuclear fuel chain poisons our people, land, air and waters and threatens our very existence and our future generations. Nuclear power is not a solution to global warming..."

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