Soil testing on many reservations throughout the U.S. show that the ground has high concentrations of uranium, pollution and insecticide contaminants. The Pine Ridge Reservation in particular, has extremely high levels of uranium. This is largely in part to the land being used to specifically mine for it and also it was used as a shooting range for the United States Army.
That being said, women who live on these reservations, starting as far back as the 1970s, were becoming sterile as a result. Most of these women who were diagnosed sterile or who had given birth to children with side-effects had no idea what was causing the unfortunate phenomena to occur.
They only knew it was happening to a lot of the women they knew in their community. Thankfully, the organization Women of All Red Nations took the matter in their own hands to sound the alarm and bring awareness to the need for cleaning the land up and purifying the water.
WARNS mission is to advocate for Native American women’s physical health, enforce the treaties that were signed by the U.S. government, stop the use of native American mascots for any sporting event and contend with the dissemination and propagation of Native heritage.
WARN did extensive research and interviewed women on the Pine Ridge reservation in correlation with doctors and other research professionals and determined that over half of the women were sterile. As a result of WARNS efforts, guidelines and laws were issued by the government in regard to the uranium and sterilization.
Groups like WARN are essential to bringing awareness to the atrocities, misgivings, corruption and truth to the world so that they can be put to an end.
Quite like the Women of All Red Nations, the Frontera Fund was established by a couple of reporters, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, to expose corruption and assist Hispanic immigrant causes in the Arizona region. Thanks to the reporter’s investigative journalism skills, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued in court for falsely holding and arresting Lacey and Larkin.
They discovered fiscal irregularities and before they could publish their findings in the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, were intentionally thrown in jail and their resources were seized. Court proceedings held against the sheriff resulted in a lawsuit that compensated his wrongs in the amount of $3.75 million.
Through the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, many challenging matters and causes have been resolved and seen compensation or justice of some means. Today the Frontera Fund is stronger than ever.
The Frontera website is a wealth of resources and information on current news and causes Larkin and Lacey are furthering with their financial backing. One such case involves the MAVNI program which surrounds immigrants who would like to enlist in our military.
The MAVNI plan allows them to have a contract with the military if they have skills that are conducive to our country. The government, however, has canceled these pre-existing contracts and the Frontera organization is exposing it.
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