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WastelandingLegacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country$
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Traci Brynne Voyles

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692644

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692644.001.0001

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Prospecting for Magic Ore in America’s New Frontier

Prospecting for Magic Ore in America’s New Frontier

(p.55) Chapter Two Prospecting for Magic Ore in America’s New Frontier

Traci Brynne Voyles

University of Minnesota Press

When the uranium boom commenced in earnest in the early 1950s, Navajo country quickly became a focal point for both the federal government and private prospectors. This chapter investigates the years of prospecting on and near the reservation, exploring how Navajo country and uranium country became so intimately conflated.

Keywords:   Settler colonialism, Environmental justice, Decolonization, Environmental racism, Environmental sexism, Indigeneity, Counter-mapping, Material feminisms, Landscape

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