No mines near the Grand Canyon
To President Obama and Secretary of Interior Jewell:
The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, not a tailing pond for toxic mine waste. Please protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining forever by designating the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument as America’s next national monument.
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My people have lived for centuries in the Grand Canyon, and I hope my children's children will get to enjoy this incredible place. But crazy plans for new radioactive uranium mines around the Grand Canyon could make that impossible -- poisoning the land and giving people cancer -- unless we stop them.
Four years ago we got President Obama to temporarily halt new uranium mines above our canyon home. But now the industry is using every lever they can pull to get permission to dig on our ancestral land.
Obama can permanently protect the Grand Canyon by creating a National Monument around it -- he just created three Monuments last week, ahead of the National Park Service turning 100 this year, and there's a big push here in Arizona. But to overcome pressure from rich mining companies, we've got to make him hear from everyone around the country!
Right now, with the President looking for ways to highlight America's spectacular places, is our best chance to safeguard this natural wonder forever. Join us in asking President Obama to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument and stop uranium mines from destroying this priceless gem, and I'll fly to Washington, DC to deliver all our voices.
Carletta Tilousi, Havasupai Tribe