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ERIC Number: ED124356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 10
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Navajo Coal: Demands, Attitudes, and Environment.
Goodman, James M.
The operation of several coal mines with vast proven reserves on the Navajo reservation is a manifestation of conflict between: a power hungry external world; the preservationist attitudes of traditional Navajo culture; the disadvantaged socio-economic status of the average Navajo wage earner; and the Navajo Nation's long term needs for internal development. The Navajo environment must be considered in terms of the external (non-Indian) demands for expansion and diversification of coal production and the related demands of: meager water supplies; the Navajo's emotional/religious reaction to current and proposed expansion of coal production; the environmental impact of mining activities; and the future needs of the Navajo Nation. Questions pertinent to these conflicts are: (1) To what extent does the non-reservation world depend upon Navajo coal and can these consuming areas survive without expanded production?; (2) What is the meaning of mining to a society which is traditionally not entrepreneurial and what effect does strip mining have upon the Navajo's religion and his sense of place and being?; (3) Can the royalties received from coal production sustain improvements in the Navajo standard of living or should the Navajo tribalize coal production and seek profits as well as royalties? (JC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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