By John Roberts
Beyond the Flint Michigan water crisis, the Navajo water crisis has been continuing on since 1949 but many people have never heard of this crisis from the federal tribal lands or how it began. It remained of little concern to the public until the 2015 Gold King Mine spill. The spill served as a wake up call to the masses and brought the Navajo plight to the light day. Among that there are more than 1,300 abandoned uranium mines within the Navajo nation alone and as many as 15,000 in the united states altogether which has continued to poison and pollute the water and land.
The uranium mines have spread radiation poisoning throughout the water, causing the local inhabitants to suffer the effects of the radiation poisoning. Many of the Navajo people had no choice but to work in the Uranium mines, seeing it as an abundant source of work but also increasing their chances of uranium poisoning.
Many politicians continue to exploit the Navajo people, making deals with many different mining companies to continue to pollute the water sources and the lands of the native peoples. There is a copper mine doing the same to the Apache land, polluting and harming the environment. The EPA and local officials have been forced to help in the Flint water crisis, while the Native American nations have been abandoned by the officials that swore to care for and protect.