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

Link between Navajo suicides, mine spill not clear-cut


FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. — In testimony before Congress, letters to the federal government and news releases, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and his vice president have brought up recent tragedies that have shaken some reservation towns to their cores.

They said eight people killed themselves in communities impacted by the unleashing of toxic waste from a Colorado gold mine into the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation, burdened by the stress of seeing a sacred waterway polluted.


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