Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine


The problem of abandoned mine waste grabbed the nation’s attention in August when a blowout sent millions of gallons of heavy-metal contamination into waters in New Mexico and Colorado, turning the Animas and San Juan rivers into a mustard-colored stew.

But the problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. Potential consequences remain difficult to understand and harder to solve.


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