Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux activist challenges uranium mine

Area residents staged protests against uranium mining throughout a week of hearings over Cameco Corp.’s permit renewal application in Crawford, Neb. Photo by Talli Nauman

White Plume testifies to ‘Protect our water’
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News
Health & Environment Editor

CRAWFORD, Neb. –– In hearings Aug. 24-28, expert witnesses for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the grassroots Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) debated with corporate counterparts over water quality and cultural preservation issues at stake in Cameco Corp.’s application for a 20-year permit-renewal to mine more uranium at Crow Butte Mine.

The tribe and the non-profit, based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 40 miles north of the sacred Crow Butte and mine site, took the Canadian uranium mining giant before a panel of administrative judges on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to contest the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff decision to grant a 10-year permit extension for the mining.

Area residents staged protests against the mining throughout the week of hearings in Northwest Nebraska. “This is what we’re gonna do until they go back to Canada,” said Oglala Lakota tribal member Nancy Kile, a Crawford resident.

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