Navajo President Russell Begaye called on Congress Wednesday to hold the Environmental Protection Agency responsible for last month’s mine spill and provide compensation for the hundreds of Navajo farmers and ranchers affected.
Emergency responders are still searching for one person who was swept into a flash flood Monday in Hildale, Utah, near the Arizona border.
Erin Brockovich spoke to a crowd gathered at Shiprock High School about taking a stand. She said all it takes is one person.
The Navajo president has requested help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist his nation’s recovery from last month’s mine spill into a major waterway. The tribe is also preparing to sue the federal government over the disaster.
When Hurricane Katrina stranded 800 people at the historic Fairmont Hotel in downtown New Orleans, head pastry chef Thierry Marceaux sent up hundreds of chocolate truffles to the guest rooms. Those where his last days working at the century-old landmark.
The Navajo Nation is investigating what appears to be oil in the water tanks the Environmental Protection Agency delivered for the tribe’s crops and livestock.
The chemical spill into Colorado’s Animas River has made its way downstream and is now affecting the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Farming Authority has shut off public water intakes and irrigation canals. And that leaves hundreds of Navajo farmers driving long distances to water their crops.
The Animas River is now open. It’s been more than a week since an EPA crew accidentally released toxic waste from an abandoned mine into the waterway. Downstream New Mexico and Navajo officials are holding off on opening the San Juan River.
The Navajo farming authority has shut down irrigation for the rest of the season because of its concerns over contamination.
The Navajo president has threatened to sue the EPA over the Colorado mine spill. Federal and tribal officials are setting up potable water stations and alerting communities to the contamination, as the toxic waste is making its way through the reservation.