Manataka American Indian Council






Black Mesa Indigenous Support

“Relocation is Genocide”

P.O. Box 23501, Flagstaff, Arizona 86002
 (928) 773-8086


The mining of uranium has taken a heavy toll on the Indian population in the Four Corners area. Not only did the Indians receive very little in the way of royalties for the extraction of the ore from their lands, but health and safety precautions in the mines is essentially non-existent.

Mine operators and the U. S. government appealed to the patriotism of the local Indians to exempt them from conformance with labor laws. The miners wore no protective clothing and therefore carried the contaminated clothing home with them each day. They drank the water that seeped through the ore layers into the mines. The tailings piles were left in the open near the mouths of the mines to be blown over the land by the breeze. The radon (gas) released from these tailings was carried perhaps as far as the east coast by atmospheric currents. The tailings themselves were slowly washed down into the rivers and thus into the regional water supply.

Large ponds of radioactive residues from the processing of the ore were created behind earthen dams with minimal regulation. One of these dams broke on July 16, 1979, at Church Rock, NM,1 with disasterous consequences for the Navajo population of this area. The volume of material released was so great that manhole covers were lifted in Gallup, NM, 20 miles downstream." - Karen M. Strom

The Truth About Church Rock "New Lands".


EPA description of the Church Rock nuclear waste spill superfund site that is upstream from the relocation site

PL 104-301 This is the law passed by Congress in 1996, which provides the
authorization to issue leases under the Accommodation Agreement.

Manybeads Lawsuit Dismissed

Analysis of Dineh case & needs (Center for Constitutional Rights)

Hopi History: The Story of the Alcatraz Prisoners

Art Bell Interview with Hopi Elders

Techqua Ikachi

UN Convention on Genocide

UN Commission on Human Rights, 56th session, 19 March - 27 April, '01

European Parliament Resolution approved Feb 2000

A Short history of the Annual Food and Supply Run

Story of Big Mountain - Where the Profession is Hope



Black Mesa Indigenous Support

P.O. Box 23501, Flagstaff, Arizona 86002

Manataka encourages you to contact BMIS and offer your help.

Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) works to support the sovereignty of indigenous people on Black Mesa facing forced relocation, environmental devastation, and cultural extinction at the hands of multi-national corporations, and United States and tribal governments.

Printed with permission of Crystal, BMIS

RELATED STORIES:    Big Mountain:  Where the Profession is Hope

                           The Black Mesa Syndrome: Indian Lands, Black Gold

                           Relocation is Genocide