Primary Source Report-NK

Title: “Every Day Is Genocide For Us”


This article was on ProQuest, but it has been recently removed. The link below is a pdf copy that I have saved within Google Drive.

Description:  This source will assist my research papers because it entails firsthand information on natural resource extraction within the Navajo reservation. In addition, it will act as the foundation for my paper as this source explicitly states the discontent that Navajo activists feel about the Anti-Nuclear Movement.

The Awakenase Note’s interview acts as a precedence for the topic of my research. The interviewee, Norman Brown, discusses the daily environmental injustices that his people of the Navajo tribe must face every day. He explains how the Native American reservation is a pri[NK1] me target for energy company due its large amounts of mineral ore and fossil fuels. More importantly, this article acts as the mesh between the topic of the Anti-Nuclear movement in the mid 1900’s and the Navajo anti-nuclear activists.  Mr. Brown expresses discontent at the Anti-Nuclear movement because its activism ignored the importance of uranium extraction in the cycle of nuclear technologies.

Mr. Brown explains the environmental injustices within the reservation as a “cycle of energy production”. Although most Navajos are against it, natural resources are extracted daily with the support of top brass members like former Navajo Tribal Chairman, Peter McDonald, the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, and various outside companies. This support led to proliferation of unsafe working conditions within uranium mines and coal strip mining, both of which have polluted the soil and water sources within various sites.  Sardonically, many naturally resources like coal and uranium are not used within the tribal reservations.  The Navajo tribe does not have the infrastructure to use electricity with “85% of the reservation …. not [having] … electricity”, instead these resources power up foreign city like Las Vegas, Tuscon, and Phoenix.




This source will assist me in detailing some important background information for the Navajo portion of my research. The interviewer, through the words of Navajo tribesmen, shows the reader the importance of livestock in Navajo cultural and economy.


Throngs Fill Manhattan to Protest Nuclear Weapons: Hundreds of Thousands Throng Manhattan to Protest Nuclear Arms.



This newspaper article will be used to show the ideology of most antinuclear protesters during the late 1900s. The 1982 Manhattan march was the largest anti-nuclear event in US history, therefor it is fitting to use the march and its trigger as a precedence in my paper.

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