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Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country

Traci Brynne Voyles

Abstract

Wastelanding tells the history of the uranium industry on Navajo land in the U.S. Southwest, asking why certain landscapes and the peoples who inhabit them come to be targeted for disproportionate exposure to environmental harm. Uranium mines and mills on the Navajo Nation land have long supplied U.S. nuclear weapons and energy programs. By 1942, mines on the reservation were the main source of uranium for the top-secret Manhattan Project. Today, the Navajo Nation is home to more than a thousand abandoned uranium sites. Radiation-related diseases are endemic, claiming the health and lives of f ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692644
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692644.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Traci Brynne Voyles, author