Filed under: Announcement, Environment, Indigenous, Land, Southwest
As Energy Fuels Inc. (EFI) threatens to start uranium mining on sacred Indigenous Lands managed by the US Forest Service, just miles from the Grand Canyon, Haul No! has planned a 300 mile awareness and action tour along the Canyon Mine haul route.
Who: Haul No! is a volunteer Indigenous-led group collaborating with Indigenous communities and leaders, environmental organizations, and community-based advocates working to stop nuclear colonialism in the Southwest.
What: Haul No! Tour including presentations on public health, cultural and environmental impacts from uranium mining, and a direct action workshop. Starting near the White Mesa Uranium Mill, also operated by EFI, and stopping in impacted Indigenous communities and the city of Flagstaff, the tour will wrap up at sacred Red Butte near Canyon Mine. The tour will culminate at a Prayer Gathering organized by the Havasupai Nation.
When & Where: June 13–25, 2017 (see schedule below)
Why: Up to 12 trucks a day with 30 tons each of highly radioactive uranium ore are slated to be transported through mostly small reservation communities.The Havasupai Nation has legally challenged the US Forest Service due failure complete meaningful consultation with the Havasupai in their 1986 Environmental Impact Statement regarding Canyon Mine. A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is still pending.
Although the Navajo Nation has banned transport of uranium through its lands since 2012, EFI would be permitted by the state of Arizona due to jurisdictional issues.
Possible radioactive contamination to land, water, and air from the Canyon Mine, White Mesa Mill, and transport of uranium would impact northern Arizona, southeast Utah, the Colorado River, Moenkopi Wash, the San Juan River, and the lands and cultural resources of the Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Paiute peoples.
The Haul No! tour is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, June 13, Bluff, UT
Community Center, 5:30pm
3rd East and Mulberry, Bluff Rd, Bluff, UT 84512
Wednesday, June 14, Oljato-Monument Valley, UT
Monument Valley Welcome Center, 3pm – 6pm
US-163, just north of Utah-Arizona Stateline
Thursday, June 15, Kayenta, AZ
Kayenta Town Hall, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
100 N. Highway 163, Kayenta, AZ 86033
Friday, June 16, Tuba City, AZ
Greyhills Auditorium, 5pm – 7pm
160 Warrior Dr., Tuba City, AZ 86045
Saturday, June 17, Cameron, AZ
Monday, June 19, Flagstaff, AZ
Coconino Center for the Arts, 6pm – 8pm
2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
June 23-25, Red Butte, AZ
Havasupai Prayer Gathering
Directions: From Flagstaff, take U.S. 180 north to the State Route 64 junction in Valle.
Turn right (north) and continue 11 miles to Forest Road 320.
Turn right (east) and go 1.3 miles to FR 340. Look for signs.