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Navajo's Fighting Uranium Mining

From: Voices of Our World
Length: 28:00

Members of the Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining came to the United Nations Indigenous Forum to discuss their struggle against the reinstatement of uranium mining on their land leading to the contamination of their only drinking water. Read the full description.

Navajo_small Part One: NAVAJOS FIGHTING URANIUM MINING: As America's hunger for energy rises, nuclear power becomes a more popular option. For the past ten years, Mitchell Capitan, Larry King and other members of the Eastern Navajo Din? Against Uranium Mining have been fighting against the re-instatement of uranium mining in their New Mexican communities. A Texas corporation claims that new mining technology, called In-situ leach mining, is safe. The nuclear regulatory commission is turning a deaf ear and dismissing undisputed findings that mining will contaminate the desert communities' only drinking water. OPTIONAL CUTAWAY CUE: ?That?s 1-8-7-7 M-A-R-Y-K-N-O-L-L" at 14:00. Part Two: IS ANYONE LISTENING? Having worked in uranium mines and processing plants, both Mitchell Capitan and Larry King understand what uranium mining brings to communities: jobs, some money, environmental disaster, chronic illness, cancer and death. Listen to their stories as they explain the difficulty of fighting perceptions of short-term gain versus arguments for a long healthy life. The Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns invited Mitchell Capitan and Larry King to speak at the United Nations DPI/NGO Annual Conference. Elinoar Astrinsky spoke with them there. End Cue: ?And please be sure to join us next time for more Voices of Our World.? At 28:00. Can be broadcast at 14:00 or 28:00 minutes. Format fits well into either time slot.

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Part One: NAVAJOS FIGHTING URANIUM MINING: As America's hunger for energy rises, nuclear power becomes a more popular option. For the past ten years, Mitchell Capitan, Larry King and other members of the Eastern Navajo Din? Against Uranium Mining have been fighting against the re-instatement of uranium mining in their New Mexican communities. A Texas corporation claims that new mining technology, called In-situ leach mining, is safe. The nuclear regulatory commission is turning a deaf ear and dismissing undisputed findings that mining will contaminate the desert communities' only drinking water. OPTIONAL CUTAWAY CUE: ?That?s 1-8-7-7 M-A-R-Y-K-N-O-L-L" at 14:00. Part Two: IS ANYONE LISTENING? Having worked in uranium mines and processing plants, both Mitchell Capitan and Larry King understand what uranium mining brings to communities: jobs, some money, environmental disaster, chronic illness, cancer and death. Listen to their stories as they explain the difficulty of fighting perceptions of short-term gain versus arguments for a long healthy life. The Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns invited Mitchell Capitan and Larry King to speak at the United Nations DPI/NGO Annual Conference. Elinoar Astrinsky spoke with them there. End Cue: ?And please be sure to join us next time for more Voices of Our World.? At 28:00. Can be broadcast at 14:00 or 28:00 minutes. Format fits well into either time slot.

Broadcast History

Broadcast week of May 1st, 2005

Timing and Cues

OPTIONAL CUTAWAY CUE: ?That?s 1-8-7-7 M-A-R-Y-K-N-O-L-L" at 14:00.

End Cue: ?And please be sure to join us next time for more Voices of Our World.? At 28:00.

Can be broadcast at 14:00 or 28:00 minutes. Format fits well into either time slot.

Musical Works

Music:
Kinnie Star sings "Red", "Leaving",
"Night" www.kinniestarr.com

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