Uranium Mining’s Impact on Native Americans

October 5th, 2004 by Adam

Sidore Lecture Theme at PSU is Environmental Justice

The impact of uranium mining on Native American workers and their fight for environmental justice, fair compensation and adequate health treatment will be discussed at 7 p.m., October 18, at Plymouth State University.

Two Utah State University professors, Dr. Gary Madsen and Dr. Susan Dawson, will report on their 10-year study of the issue.

The couple’s talk, Navajo Uranium Workers and Environmental Justice: A Case Study of Grassroots Activism, Science and Social Policy is part of the PSU’s Saul O Sidore Lecture Series.

Drs. Dawson and Madsen have investigated Native Americans’ experiences as miners, millers and transport workers and how they were exposed to the hazards of uranium production during the cold war period from the 1940s through the 1980s.

Their research has contributed to the issues of environmental justice and the complexities of working in Native American communities, and has affected social policy.

In 2000, their findings were used by the U.S. Congress when it revised the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 and amendments to the act.

Upcoming Sidore Lectures include: Asthma Activism: Scientific Challenges of Air Pollution and Environmental Issues, November 16; Panel Discussion: Regional Issues Relating to Environmental Justice, February 21, 2005; Environmental Justice: Challenges and Obstacles, March 14, 2005; and The Party’s Over: Ramifications of the Coming End of Oil, April 12, 2005.

All Sidore events are free and open to the public in Smith Recital Hall at PSU’s Silver Cultural Arts Center. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For more information, call 535-2501.