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Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument

On April 11th, 2023, 11 tribes, supported by Representative Raul M. Grijalva and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, called on POTUS to designate Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument in northern Arizona.

A national monument designation would prevent further contamination of springs and streams that feed into larger bodies of water like the Colorado River. Additionally, this designation would ensure continued outdoor recreation, healthy wildlife and communities, and the conservation of cultural resources in the area.

Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” for the Havasupai Tribe and I’tah Kukveni means “our footprints” for the Hopi Tribe. "Where tribes roam; our footprints." We thank the Tribes for their leadership and join them in urging President Biden to protect this iconic cultural landscape!

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The Grand Canyon has been the pride of our country for generations. Nothing is worth surrendering that pride and one of America’s last great places.

Toxic uranium mining near the Grand Canyon must not happen given the known risks to our natural resources, the economy of Northern Arizona, and the communities that depend on Colorado River water.

We are urging the President to designate 1.1 million acres adjacent to the National Park of the Grand Canyon as a national monument.

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Foreign mining companies lobby to increase uranium mining while hundreds of mines continue to contaminate soil and water in northern Arizona.  Learn more about the risks to wildlife and water, the economic impact, who owns the mines, and the legacy of toxic clean-up that’s left behind.

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