Navajo Nation Water Quality Project

Diné College Uranium Education Program (UEP) is an empowerment program for Navajo Native Americans concerning radiation and environmental health issues arising from the legacy of former uranium mining/milling operations and other serious environmental impacts on the Navajo reservation.

The UEP is led by Perry H. Charley (pictured above, far left). An alumnus of the University of Arizona, Mr. Perry H. Charley (Diné) is Director of the Uranium Education Program and the Research and Outreach Director of Diné Environmental Institute of Dine College in Shiprock, New Mexico. He has been an educator involved in the environmental, public health, and psycho-social impacts from past nuclear industries on Navajo lands, including reclamation-remedial activities and legislation for nearly 40 years. He has served often as an advisor in the application of Native American traditional/cultural practices to Western curriculum and research protocol and has developed scientific and medical terminologies into Navajo glossaries. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Charley served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes.

The Southwest Research and Information Center is a multi-cultural organization working to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations.
Iina Solutions is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to help improve the quality of life (Iina) for rural Navajos challenged by all forms of uranium contamination, and bring commerce to Dine’ bekeyah (Navajo land) through sustainable and holistic solutions.
The Return of Navajo Boy, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, is an internationally acclaimed documentary that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. It was produced by Groundswell Educational Films, the same nonprofit organization that built this website.

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