The Uranium and Radiation Education Outreach (UREO) Program is an
education and public outreach program implemented by the Environmental
Education Outreach Program (EEOP) at Northern Arizona University
(NAU); the Uranium Education Program (UEP) at Dine' College (DC);
and the Waste-management Education and Research Consortium (WERC)
at University of New Mexico. The goal of UREO to increase awareness
and scientific understanding of uranium and radiation health and
environmental issues for elementary (3rd - 8th) students, high school
students, and community members living in tribal communities that
are impacted by uranium mining activities, nuclear energy, and nuclear
Relevant uranium and radiation curriculum and information resources
from a variety of sources have been identified and reviewed. Selected
resources have been distributed to educators throughout Navajo Nation.
Eleven UREO regional workshops have been conducted including four
two-day workshops for secondary educators and four one-day workshops
for elementary (3rd - 8th) educators. A one-week workshop was conducted
during the summer. Additional workshops and classroom visits are
planned. Resource trunks with Geiger counters and other educational
resources and materials will be distributed to educators to enhance
their educational efforts. The program encourages collaboration
between educators of Native American students and tribal environmental
professionals to address community environmental issues. Additionally,
the program encourages Native American students to consider preparing
for and entering environmental careers.
The UREO project is funded by a grant from the US Environmental
Protection Agency - Radiation Protection Division, Washington DC
to Northern Arizona University. Collaborators also provide a variety
of in-kind resources, including co-facilitators for workshops and
materials such as references, curriculums, and Geiger counters.
The program started October 2000.
- UREO Press Release (October 2000) - The press release announced
award of the UREO grant to Navajo Nation newspapers, and radio
- UREO Advisory Committee Meeting (November 2000) - The meeting
held Wednesday, November 08, 2000 in Window Rock, Arizona.
- Regional Workshops for Educators (January 2001 to January 2002)
- Workshops in Tuba City, AZ, Shiprock, NM, Monument Valley, UT,
Rough Rock, AZ, Crownpoint, NM, Wingate, NM, Window Rock, AZ.
- Follow-up Activities (September 2001 to June 2004) - The EEOP
staff will provide onsite support and resource materials for educators
implementing the curriculum in their classrooms. The EEOP staff
will assist educators with developing educational videos.
- Summer Workshops (July 2001 and July 2002) - The EEOP and UEP
staff will conduct a one-week workshop for educators.
- Curriculum Development (July 2002 to May 2003) - The EEOP staff
will lead a curriculum development effort to support elementary
- Curriculum Development (July 2003 to May 2004) - The EEOP staff
will lead a curriculum development effort to support secondary
The EEOP staff is collaborating with Dine' College's Uranium Education
Program (UEP) - Shiprock Campus, and many other sources in compiling
uranium and radiation curricula materials. These materials include
the past UEP-Shiprock educator workshops, other tribal entities
including the Colville, Nez Perce, and Yakima tribes, the American
Nuclear Society, Colorado School of Mines/Denver Earth Science Project,
Department of Energy, Waste-management Education and Research Consortium
(WERC), and standard science textbooks. The EEOP staff will also
work with educators of Native American students to develop appropriate
supplemental curricular materials for elementary and high school
students that will help students understand the principles of radiation
science, risk assessment, and how to identify and mitigate health
impacts of uranium mining and milling, while recognizing historical
and Native American cultural issues.
US Environmental Protection Agency
- Program Manager: Susan Dolgin, Radiation Protection Division,
- Lead Educator: Mansel A. Nelson
- Uranium Education Program
- Director: Perry Charlie
- Health Educator: Linda V. Torres
This project is a collaboration with Dine' College (DC), Northern
Arizona University, University of New Mexico, Navajo Nation Environmental
Protection Agency, US Environmental Protection Agency - Radiation
Protection Division (RPD), Environmental Protection Agency Region
IX, Abandoned Mine Lands/ Uranium Mill Tailings Remediation Act
(UMTRA) Office, Tribal Governments, Tribal Agencies, and Educators
of Native American students.
For more information,
contact Mansel A. Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org,
phone (928) 523-1275, or fax (928) 523-1280.