A tiny community and Native American tribe living inside the Grand Canyon may not survive should a mining company get its way.
As The Guardian reported, the Havasupai Native Americans, who live inside the Grand Canyon, are facing a tough road ahead as a uranium mine company threatens the tribe’s only water supply.
The tribe finds its water supply in a “pristine creek” that sits on the southern edge of the canyon. It’s where the group gets water for “beans, corn, melon, peach trees, horses and mules,” according to The Guardian.
But “way above, on that plateau of bedrock within the Grand Canyon watershed, sitting on top of the same aquifer, is a uranium mine preparing to go into production,” The Guardian reported.
The mining company, Energy Fuels Inc., out of Canada, will drill down to find uranium (before they send it off to their mill in Utah) near that water source.
The company said the process will be smooth and won’t harm the water source.
But others, like Ed Tilousi, vice-chairman of the Havasupai Native Americans, said that’s impossible to predict.
“We used to have tourist flight-seeing planes from Las Vegas buzzing overhead, but we got onto the FAA and had that stopped,” Tilousi said. “We sold our casino rights. That kind of commercialization will never happen here, we are the guardians of the Grand Canyon.”
Read more at The Guardian.