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AUGUST 2015 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Trans Canada Corp cant comply on Keystone XL, Page 3 The Gifts of the Creator and those pro-life, Page 22 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 August 2015 - Vol. XXIX No. 8 Former Copper Mine site spills over 3 million gallons of waste water Welcome to the newest Yellow River Travis Sells, of Farmington, N.M., looks at the orange sludge from a mine spill upstream flowing past Berg Park in Farmington Aug. 8, 2015. About 1 million gallons of wastewater from Colorados Gold King Mine began spilling into the Animas River on August 5th when a cleanup crew supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally breached a debris dam that had formed inside the mine. The mine has been inactive since 1923. Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) R ussell Begaye stared at the yellow water that keeps pouring out of a hole in the side of a Colorado mountain, racing down a slope and dumping heavy metals into rivers critical to survival on the nations largest Native American reservation and across the Southwest. At the Gold King Mine, Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, couldnt help but see the concerned faces of his people - the farmers who cant water their corn now, and the ranchers scrambling to keep their cattle, sheep and goats away from the polluted San Juan River. We were told that the water was clearing up and getting back to normal, he said. This is what EPA was telling us. We wanted to go up there as close as we could to the source. We wanted our people to see the water is still yellow. Climbing unannounced past barriers and up the mountain, Begaye and a small contingent of Navajo officials got a closer look over the weekend at the mine blowout sending more than 3 million gallons of water laden with lead, arsenic and other metals into Cement Creek, then down the Animas River and into the San Juan River. News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER A 100-mile-long plume has since traveled for hundreds of miles, through parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah on the way to Lake Powell, a key source of water for the Southwest. And the yellow sludge has been diluted along the way to the point of transparency, but authorities Colorado Economic Study puts Indigenous impact at $1.5 billion annually Denver, Colorado (ICC) A merican Indians and Alaskan Natives of Colorado contribute more than $1.5 billion annually to the Colorado Economy. In a recent Economic Impact Study, commissioned and lead by Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Denver American Indian Commission and Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce, the numbers revealed that Colorado boasts morethan 485 American Indian businesses, representing over 40 industry divisions. While American Indians account for 1.58% of the Colorado Population, American Indian per capita impact is $18,300. The group welcomed the public to a aroundtable discussion to discuss the indings on, July 28th. The study is the first of its kind for the State of Colorado, mirroring American Indian Economic Impact Studies conducted by the states of Oklahoma and Idaho. The Colorado Office of Economic Development andInternational Trades Minority Business Office was an essential partnerfor the research, helping to commission the numbers from across the State of Colorado. Spirit of the Sun was another integral partner in this project and provided are search team for data analysis through the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Ernest Nouse, Jr., ExecutiveDirector of the Colorado Commission of Indian Navajo Nation says it feels brunt of Colorado mine leak See Navajo Nations says, Page 5 Menominee Nation to decide on marijuana proposals KESHENA, Wis. (AP) T he Menominee Nation is holding an advisory referendum on whether to legalize marijuana usage on the 350-square-mile reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. The Shawano Leader reports the proposal comes on the heels of the tribes unsuccessful effort to open a casino in Kenosha. Tribal members over age 18 will cast ballots August 19th and 20th. They will decide whether marijuana should be legalized for medical use and whether it should be legalized for recreational use by anyone age 21 or older. Results are expected to be announced by August 21 and will guide the tribes nine-member governing board in its deliberations on whether to pursue marijuana as a new business venture. Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw wont say whether he supports the referendum, but hes urging tribal members to vote. In Colorado Alone See Colorado Economic study, Page 6

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