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July 21, 2009
137 Years Later!
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May 20, 2008
Mining law reform stalls

February 1, 2008
U.S. Mining Law Contested
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An 1872 law that allows mining companies to buy land in the U.S. West for about $5 an acre is running smack into 21st-century sensibilities.

July 27, 2007
Capitol Hill Debate Begins on Mining Reform
By Dick Kamp, Wick Communications

July 23, 2007
Lawmakers to Discuss 1872 Mining Law Reform
By John Miller, Associated Press in Salt Lake Tribune

June 26, 2007
Protecting Water in Public Lands
By Nancy Freeman, Groundwater Awareness League

June 20, 2007
Black Hills: Judge Denies Stay--Drilling to Continue

May 21, 2007
Cold war-era uranium didn't travel very far
By Carson Walker, The Associated Press

May 11, 2007
MINING: House bill would revamp 1872 hardrock law
By Debra Kahn,

There are two major concerns that impel the necessity of Mining Law Reform

1) The legacy on the Native American lands of uranium tailings and contamination that has not been cleaned up.

2) The fact that the major players in making mining claims on American public land are the Canadians.

In a groundbreaking decision, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has told Canada that it must rein in Canadian corporations operating on Indian land in the United States.

April 10, 2007
UN Body Holds Canada Responsible for Corporations' Actions Abroad

By Mark Cherrington | World Indigenous News

Report on Effects of Canadian Corporate Behavior on the Western Shoshone Peoples Located in the United States

April 6, 2007
US mining company agrees to 'green' review
The move shows the power shareholders hold in getting corporations to address social and environmental concerns.
By Ben Arnoldy | The Christian Science Monitor

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