Environment

The effect of environmental degradation

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz ARCHIVE for Standing Rock: Military Response


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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

This first part of the program brings you Dunbar-Ortiz’ description of North America before invasion, the emergence of the US concept of a chosen people, the development of the role of the US military as a force for genocide that seamlessly transitioned into the US foreign wars, the role of militias, a brief history of AIM, the American Indian Movement, and the consequences of the Gold Rush in California.
During Q&A Dunbar-Ortiz was asked about an earlier book by her. The Great Sioux Nation, published in 1977, came out of the 1974 Wounded Knee trials where Dunbar-Ortiz was an expert witness. 

Her answer evoked the history of the armed takeover of Wounded Knee by [ . . . ]

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Restoring a Forest – with Fire and Love

Dennis Martinez
code: N 315 $8.00
The forest at the Mountain Grove Center For New Education, near Glendale in SW Oregon was clear-cut in the 1930s and 40s. It has come back thick, young, and dark. When Indians cared for the land the old growth incense cedars and chinquapins were spaced widely, plants thrived on the sun-lit forest floor, and animals found shelter and food. Dennis Martinez knows about Indian forest practice and he is restoring this land. 60 minutes
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Frank Kanawha Lake

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When TUC attended an Indian wedding in the Trinity Alps four young men arrived with a gift of freshly caught salmon. Maria watched their cooking ceremony and learned from other guests that they are Native American graduate students at the University of Oregon, Corvallis, who work as a team. They study aquatic ecology, conservation biology and salmon runs while maintaining a knowing and respectful connection to their native traditions. They refuse to be confined to university labs and spend much of their time doing field work, learning from elders. They lead regular salmon camps with Native American youth. Frank Lake is a student as well as a teacher.
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Winona LaDuke: White Earth

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Winona LaDuke received a standing ovation for her keynote speech at the Environmental Law Conference. She is a member of Mississippi Band Anishinabeg, founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and author of the novel Last Standing Woman. She talks about the meaning of White Earth, the plight of the buffalo, and toxics on Indian land. 50 minutes

Uranium on Indian Land

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Manuel Pino lives within the 30-mile radius of the Grants Mineral Belt, which was the most intensely mined area of North America for uranium ore from the 1950s to 1980s. Eighty percent of the Native American workforce worked the mines or mills, including Manuel’s father, uncle, and cousins. Today we see the impact on humans – widespread respiratory illness and lung cancer. 60 minutes

DAWN Mill and Midnight Mine

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Behind the poetic names of the DAWN Mill and the Midnight Mine lurks one of today’s most extraordinary environmental disasters. Situated in the center of the Spokane Indian reservation, the now-defunct Midnight Mine provided uranium for nuclear weapons. The resulting pit has filled with acidic water that is eroding the pit walls and releasing uranium from the rock. The DAWN mill on the border of the Spokane, Wash., reservation once processed the uranium for the Midnight Mine. Left behind are the enormous tailings impoundments into which radioactive residual rocks from the mining process were dumped. The groundwater below is radioactive and a plume is moving toward the Spokane river. Everyone [ . . . ]

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Gold and the Myth of the ’49ers

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The gold rush was devastating to the California Indians. In just 20 years, their numbers were reduced from 150,000 to 31,000 by disease and outright murder at the hands of the miners. The gold rush was also the first large-scale assault on California’s mountains, forests, and rivers. 60 minutes

The Western Shoshone – The Dann Sisters of Crescent Valley and the Timibisha Shoshone of Death Valley

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The Western Shoshone never ceded their land that extends from the Snake River in Idaho through Eastern Nevada into Death Valley, California. Currently  (June 2000) a bill is being prepared in Congress to force the Shoshone to accept 15 cents per acre for the land they were never willing to sell. Ranchers in Crescent Valley in Northern Nevada, Mary and Carrie Dann have resisted the confiscation of their cattle  by the Bureau of Land Management. The Shoshone Nation is fighting the transformation of the Nevada test site and Yucca Mountain into nuclear waste deposits, and they are trying to protect the remainder of their land from open pit gold mining that poisons the water and land.
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Native American Oral History: Coyote is the Government

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Mr. Willard Rhodes received this story from his grandfather and grandmother who saw the future before it had arrived. I met Mr. Rhodes, a retired heavy equipment operator, at the summer camp of the Indigenous Environmental Network on the land of the hereditary chief of the Ahjumawi. This amazing story predicts that the third destruction of this world, after ice and floods, will be caused or prevented by us, not the Creator. We could be the ones to set the fire, either by heating up the planet or by releasing nuclear explosions.
The Pit River Indians oppose a geothermal development at Medicine Lake, their sacred lake. They are also deeply saddened about the expanding tourism on [ . . . ]

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Voices from the Nevada Test Site: Free Radio Newe Sogobia

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A micropower radio station was broadcasting at the May 2000 peace camp at the Nevada Test Site. It was a community bulletin board that also reached staff and armed guards inside the site. Here are Helen Herrera, Apache; Jody Dodd from WILPF, Alex from Scotland, and Dee Dominguez whose Southern California Tribe connected with the Uwa from Columbia when they found they had the same corporation, Occidental Petroleum, drilling on their lands.
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Mining in America: Interview with Larry Tuttle

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Mines produce more toxic waste than any other industry but have no obligation for clean-up. Their privileges are based on an arcane law, the 1872 mining act. It says that any person, including corporations, can stake a mining claim on public land, pay $5 per acre and pay zero in royalties. Larry Tuttle heads the Center for Environmental Equity in Portland. He wrote a Mining Activist Guide available at http://www.teleport.com/~cee/ A great web site on mining is:  http://www.mineralpolicy.org
60 minutes

Mining in America: Interview with Larry Tuttle

code: N 309 To order a copy click here: $8.00
Mines produce more toxic waste than any other industry but have no obligation for clean-up. Their privileges are based on an arcane law, the 1872 mining act. It says that any person, including corporations, can stake a mining claim on public land, pay $5 per acre and pay zero in royalties. Larry Tuttle heads the Center for Environmental Equity in Portland. He wrote a Mining Activist Guide available at http://www.teleport.com/~cee/ A great web site on mining is: http://www.mineralpolicy.org
60 minutes