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students, teachers, and community members will gain a better understanding
of uranium and radiation science, risk assessment, health concerns,
and how to mitigate them through the Uranium and Radiation Education
Outreach in Navajo Nation (UREO) program.
Many of the
richest uranium deposits in the world are on or near tribal lands
in the southwestern United States. Residents receive elevated exposure
to radiation from both the natural background radiation and past
uranium mining and milling operations. The materials that remain
at the mining and milling sites have contaminated groundwater and
other resources. The Dine’ College’s Uranium Education Project partnered
with the Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona
University to increase education about uranium and radiation problems
on the Navajo Nation.
the Environmental Protection Agency, this project employs several
methods to better educate teachers, students, and community members
of the Navajo Nation about uranium and radiation issues. An advisory
committee composed of tribal and non-tribal uranium and radiation
experts will meet to identify the most important education issues.
Then, nine regional workshops will share culturally relevant curriculum
and information dealing with uranium and radiation issues with the
teachers of third through twelfth grade Navajo Nation classrooms.
idea is to use the kids as a vehicle to educate the community,”
said Frederick Sherman, UREO project coordinator.
The UREO advisory
board will meet the first week of November. Regional teacher workshops
will begin in January and continue throughout the school year. To
find out more about UREO contact Mansel
A. Nelson at (928) 523-1275.