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As fears over rumors of a possible nuclear war incite Americans to speculate on the future and survival, a silent nuclear disaster continues almost unnoticed within the borders of the United States. Abandoned Uranium mines and radioactive waste storage continue to affect the lives of people living on and off reservations, as well as contaminating surface and ground water resources in multiple states.
Among the affected indigenous populations, the Navajo Nation, with the reservation covering parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, is the most well-known. Navajo uranium miners and their families became ill due to contact with uranium and dust from mining. The ongoing contamination of the surface dirt and water as well as groundwater supplies affect their nation today. The Navajo Nation currently has over 500 abandoned uranium mines within the borders of their reservation.
On September 8, 2016, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple called up the National Guard to the areas around the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest/protection site “to support law enforcement, and augment public safety efforts.” This move was alluded to as a matter of not if, but when, from his Executive Order 2016-04 executed on August 16th.
Cody Hall, the media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp, stated in a live streamed video to Facebook that the activation of the National Guard is “putting our lives in jeopardy” for expressing their rights, both Constitutional and civil. The North Dakota Governor’s announcement has come after video was taken showing the contracted security of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had pepper sprayed, as well as what appears to be personnel coaxing their dogs to bite protesters/protectors.
No decision was made on Wednesday as to whether there will be an injunction on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as hundreds gathered in protest outside a Washington DC courtroom and in North Dakota.
As the injunction hearing took place, protesters, including actresses Shailene Woodley and Susan Sarandon, rallied outside the US District Court in Washington DC. Simultaneously in North Dakota, hundreds more marched across the 2,370-foot-long Veterans Memorial Bridge in Bismarck.