Greenaction and the grassroots tribal member organization the Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment have worked together since 2000 on many environmental health and justice issues on this reservation near Phoenix. Together we have won several big victories, including closing down two major polluting industries that imported waste from around the west, the Romic hazardous waste plant and the Stericycle medical waste incinerator. Current efforts are focused on diesel pollution and protection of culturally important sites.
Colorado River Indian Tribes, Arizona:
Greenaction and the Mohave Cultural Preservation Program, a grassroots group from the Colorado River Indian Tribes have worked together since 1997 when MCPP members and Mohave Elders helped found Greenaction. Together, with many allies, we defeated the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump. Today we continue working to stop the burning of hazardous waste at the Siemens plant operating in violation of federal law on the reservation.
White Mesa Ute Community, Utah:
Greenaction works with tribal members from the White Mesa Ute Community of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in southern Utah against the Denison Mines uranium mill that was built next to the reservation and on top of hundreds of ancient culturally significant and sacred sites. The mill emits radioactive yellow cake into the air and dumps radioactive and toxic materials in the land. Greenaction, tribal members, the tribe and allies won a big victory when we defeated plans to ship radioactive uranium tailings from Moab, Utah to the uranium mill. We continue to fight the mill’s expansion plans.
Mojave Desert, California:
Greenaction is supporting Native Nations and the Sacred Sites Protection Circle in efforts to stop the destruction of burial and other culturally significant sites including ancient geoglyphs created in the desert thousands of years ago by indigenous peoples. Burial and cremation sites as well as geoglyphs, giant rock drawings on the desert floor, are threatened by massive industrial-scale solar power projects being built on top of and next to these sacred sites. These sites are also being harmed and threatened with further destruction by reckless ATV use.
Navajo Nation, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and other Native Nations:
Greenaction is working to educate tribal members and tribal governments in many Native Nations being targeted by an onslaught of proposals for new incinerators using gasification, plasma arc or pyrolysis technologies to treat garbage and other wastes. Companies are targeting tribal lands in an attempt to avoid city, county and state laws and are disguising these incinerators as “renewable energy.”
O’ohdam lands in Arizona and Mexico:
Greenaction and the O’odham Rights Coalition have worked together since 2006 to protect the O’odham ceremonial site and village of Quitovac in Sonora, Mexico from desecration and pollution. Together we defeated plans for a hazardous waste landfill proposed close to Quitovac, and today we are helping protect Quitovac from new threats including mining.
Ward Valley, California:
Greenaction joins with the Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Cocopah, Quechan and Colorado River Indian Tribes and allies every year to celebrate the historic victory won when the nuclear waste dump proposed for the sacred lands at Ward Valley was defeated. The 113 day occupation of the federal land at Ward Valley that began February 12, 1998 was Greenaction’s very first direct action.