This website is designed to explore how Native Americans have contributed to environmental justice with regard to water issues. By outlining three case studies, the goal of this website is to challenge you to think about how history is more than what we may hear about in mainstream news, how water is greatly connected to health and wellbeing, and how forms of resistance are diverse and cannot be homogenized. This website will explore the history, health impacts, and forms of indigenous resistance with three water related crises: uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation, the Campo Indian Landfill War, and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Additionally, my hope with this website is to demonstrate how many of the historical events involving Native Americans and access to equitable water resources are still ongoing today. It is important to note that this website only reflects a snapshot of what has happened and what needs to be done. It is a calling for a continuous conversation for the both the present and future generations. Since water is so deeply connected with health and wellbeing, Native Americans have contributed and are still contributing to environmental justice through many different forms of resistance efforts to protect their access to clean and safe water.
My name is Rachel Linnemann. I am a senior, History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Major, in Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. I will also be graduating with minors in Peace and Justice Studies, Bioethics and Humanities, and Science, Technology, Environmental Public Policy in the Spring of 2017. Throughout my academic track as an undergraduate, I have found particular interests in topics of environmental justice, community health, youth activism, education, and grassroots organizing. In my capstone “Water and Society,” course taught by Dr. Sara Fingal, we covered this topic, including several other water related themes, and it became something that I wanted to learn and research more about.
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