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Mining Modules

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carime koch

on 23 July 2015

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Transcript of Mining Modules

July 24th, 2015

Tribal Consultation
Assessing Need
10% of the U.S. energy reserves
30% of coal west of the Mississippi
50% of potential uranium reserves
nearly all uranium mining operations

The Mining and Educational Modules project is a community initiated partnership between University of Arizona and Tribal Colleges.
Develop mining and environmental educational modules for tribal colleges to enhance the understanding of:
Mining and processes
Environmental impacts
Remediation techniques
Sociocultural Impacts
Tribal Consultation
Apply what is learned to environmental, social and cultural challenges the tribal nation faces.

Gain feedback from local tribal communities
Carime Lechner, MS, PhD candidate
University of Arizona, American Indian Studies
University of Arizona Project Team
This work is supported by the University of Arizona
NIEHS Superfund Research Program Grant P42ES04940
and the Center of Environmentally Sustainable Mining which is funded by the University of Arizona Technology and Research Initiative Fund through the
Water Sustainability Program
2 million acres of tribal land
15 million more acres of tribal land are potential lands for resource extraction

Arizona Map of mining with tribal land overlay
Modules contain:
Enhance the understanding of tribal consultation from the mining sector and tribal communities view.
Explain the history and current status of mining on tribal lands.
Explore tribal consultation law and practices.
Engage mining industry as technical reviewers and encourage utilization of the modules
Continue assisting tribal colleges to utilize modules through piloting efforts
Tobi Jeans Maracle
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Carime Lechner
University of Arizona
Kimberly Danny
University of Arizona
Shelby Rader
University of Arizona
Jennifer Stanley, University of Arizona
Dr. Karletta Chief, University of Arizona
Dr. Raina Maier, University of Arizona

field trips
hands-on activities
power point

instructional guide
Modules can be incorporated into existing curriculum or combined for a semester long course.
Next Steps
Hands-On Activities
Jeopardy was an interactive assessment tool used in a tribal college biology course where a module was tested.
Navajo Nation
500 abandoned uranium mines
largest coal mining operation in the world
12 extractive industries
7 coal-fired power plants
Why is this module important?
Beyond legal reasons, there are financial and ethical reasons for mining sector to establish a strong relationship with tribal governments and communities.
Phase 1: Sociocultural Impacts of mining on Indigenous Peoples
Phase 2: Tribal Consultation
Cultural Survival Activity
Acidic radioactive slurry spill on tribal land.
Radio tower on a sacred mountain
River diverted for mining use leaving community with contaminated runoff
Module Phase 2
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