The situation today

In April, 2005, Diné Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr. signed a tribal law banning uranium mining and milling while dozens of community members and dignitaries looked on. The act finds that based on those fundamental laws, "certain substances in the Earth that are harmful to the people should not be disturbed, and that the people now know that uranium is one such substance, and therefore, that its extraction should be avoided as traditional practice and prohibited by Navajo law."

President Shirley commented, "As long as there are no answers to cancer, we shouldn't have uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. I believe the-powers-that-be committed genocide on Navajo land by allowing uranium mining. I don't want to subject any more of my people to exposure to uranium and the cancers that it causes. I believe we reinforced our sovereignty today."

The Los Angeles Times has published an admirable investigative report on the past history and current situation:
Series by Times Staff writer: Judy Pasternak
November 19-21, 2006
Copyright 2006 Los Angeles Times

A peril that dwelt among the Navajos
Oases in Navajo desert contained 'a witch's brew'
Navajos' desert cleanup no more than a mirage
Editorial: November 26, 2006
Clean up the Navajos' poisoned land

The New York Times articles:
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 1990
Uranium Miners Tell Panel Radiation Caused Ailments
Published: Monday, May 3, 1993, By KEITH SCHNEIDER
A Valley of Death for the Navajo Uranium Miners
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2003, By BEN DAITZ, M.D.
A DOCTOR'S JOURNAL; Navajo Miners Battle a Deadly Legacy of Yellow Dust
Published: July 26, 2009, By DAN FROSCH
Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country

Other important press reports:

Navajos file petition against uranium mining
Arizona Daily Sun
February 13, 2007

Enron prosecuter takes on Navajo cleanup
The tribe hires John C. Hueston to press the U.S. to remove toxic material from its land
By Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
February 25, 2007

Texas Group Warns Eastern Navajos about the dangers of in-situ uranium mining

The Gallup Independent
By Zsombor Peter, Staff Writer
May 1, 2007

Extensive EPA files and photos regarding sites

Please support Navajo Nation on this issue. Contact the NRC ( Nuclear Regulatory Commission ), Governor Bill Richardson, your congressional Representative and Senators and tell them: