Mining and Indigenous Resistance in the Grand Canyon: Desecrating Medicine, Contaminating Water, Defiling Sacred Land

More than five million people visit the Grand Canyon each year. It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, yet the public knows next to nothing about the indigenous nation living on its floor. A uranium mine in the Grand Canyon represents a major threat to the tribe’s cultural practices and the traditional ecological medicine knowledge held by the nation’s medicine people.

Super Pit gold mine on Kalgoorlie's Golden Mile in Western Australia, Australia's largest open-pit mine. (Photo by Brian Voon Yee Yap

“We Don’t Want Your Dirty Coal:” Australians Protest Plans for Nation’s Largest Coal Mine

Protests in Australia against a $12 billion coal mine project are on the rise. If the project goes forward, it would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world. “Coal is killing people," anti-mining organizer Jodi Magi explained. "Pollution from burning coal is the single biggest contributor to dangerous global warming.”