The Native EH Equity group and stakeholders met for their annual meeting on Navajo land, group shot in Canyon de Chelly, Oct. 2016. Photo by Maclolm Benally
The Center for Environmental Health Equity is a tribal, academic, nongovernmental partnership that addresses long-standing inequities in environmental health. Current research participants include: Navajo Nation, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Missouri Breaks Industries, and Crow Tribe. Please read and download our most recent Fall 2016 issue of the Native EH Equity newsletter.
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KAYENTA, AZ – This 5-minute video documents the younger voices speaking out at Navajo Birth Cohort Study organized events on the Navajo reservation. The video provides still photography from field work a collage of staff members and community members giving presentations in Navajo communities about the effects of uranium on Navajo lands.
Click here to view Video: http://https://youtu.be/KyvrjnTUKWM
Maria Welch, SRIC, Dr. Johnnye Lewis, UNM-CEHP. and Abby Sanders, TRHCC, June 20, 2016, Earth Days, Tuba City, AZ.
Tuba City, AZ – Come and join us in this milestone event. The time has come for the Navajo Birth Cohort Study to make its imprint in Navajo history as we celebrate Earth Day with performances by Writtyn, Running With Arrows and our MC James Bilagody. Ahehee’
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For the Navajo Nation, Uranium Mining’s Deadly Legacy Lingers
by Laurel Morales
The Senior Correspondent Laurel Morales updated her coverage of the Navajo Birth Cohort Study conducted by University of New Mexico’s-Community Environmental Health Program.
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As the University of New Mexico – Community Environmental Health Program enters its fourth year of the study, NPR updated the progress of the report.
To listen to April 10, 2016 NPR report, click here:
Laurel, NPR Senior Correspondent, was one of the first syndicated radio programs to report progress of the study in its first year on October 16, 2012.
by Joseph H. Hoover, Miranda Cajero, and Johnnye Lewis
Community Environmental Health Program – University of New Mexico
This presentation shows pictures of unregulated water wells on the Navajo reservation as well as maps of areas across the Navajo Nation where contaminants were detected in the water sources.
30% of Navajo Nation residents lack household access to a public water system. Water consumption from unregulated sources represents a public health concern.
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by Joe Hoover, Ph.D. & Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D., Community Environmental Health Program, College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
On August 5, 2015 approximately 3 million gallons of mixed heavy metal liquid waste was released into Cement Creek from the Gold King Mine in Southwestern Colorado. The bright orange color of the waste could be seen as the plume entered the Animas, and then the San Juan River. As the plume passed Kirtland, NM and entered the Navajo Nation, visual tracking was lost. At the Native EH Equity Center, we began to plot available sampling data in an attempt to visualize the plume’s movement in order to determine where metals may have precipitated into the river sediments and floodplains. Results of that interpolation and visualization of data are presented for pH, Al, Fe, and Mn.
Over the following weeks, the Center entered into a Consortium of state universities in an effort to coordinate activities and bring to bear all available resources to understand the future implications of the spill.
Click on this link to see full presentation and maps: COP_research_day_GoldKing_poster
The Center for EH Equity plans to work with Navajo colleagues and others in the affected communities to identify potential exposure pathways for future use of the San Juan, and to understand the geochemical, microbiological, and mineralogic properties of the metals and the river to develop a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks that remain for the communities along the river.
by Joseph H. Hoover, Chris Shuey, Johnnye Lewis
Less than 1% of the US population lacks household access to a safe and reliable drinking water supply (Navajo Housing Survey, 2007); however, approximately 14% American Indian/Alaska Native homes lack household water supply (USEPA, 2010). For individual tribes such as the Navajo Nation, this frequency can exceed 30% (about 54,000 people).
The Navajo Nation is the site of extensive historical resource extraction. Uranium mining for the Cold War occurred throughout the Navajo Nation and there remains a legacy of more than 1,100 abandoned mine features.
Navajo communities have expressed concerns about the impact of uranium mining and waste on the land, water and human health.
Drinking water is one possible exposure pathway for Navajo Nation residents.
Please click on this link to review map and presentation: 2105_06_04_Hoover_V1
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Community Environmental Health Program (UNM-CEHP), College of Pharmacy, Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), Albuquerque, NM.
by Jose M Cerrato, Ph.D, Chris Shuey, MPH, Triva Shirley, Community Member, Paul Robinson, Research Director, and Seraphina Nez, Community Member
Blue Gap, AZ – The Southwest Research and Information Center and University of New Mexico Civil Engineering Department reported their findings of the presence of dangerous heavy metals in soil and water samplings in the Tachee – Blue Gap community.
The Blue Gap community organized a group of concerned citizens: Tachee Uranium Concerns Committee/Blue Gap-Tachee Chapter to better understand how metals mixtures at abandoned uranium mine waste sites alter the movement of metals in the environment and also impact health, specifically immune function, DNA damage and repair, and cardiovascular disease in tribal populations.
Please click here to see full presentation: BG-TC_Report-back_slides_110615_rev_Dec2015
Research Partners and Collaborators: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D., and Matthew Campen, Ph.D., co-directors); UNM Depts. Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Earth & Planetary Sciences; Southwest Research and Information Center; Indigenous Education Institute; Pueblo of Laguna; Red Water Pond Road Community Asosciation; Tachee Uranium Concerns Committee/Blue Gap – Tachee Chapter; Navajo Nation Environmental Agency; Stanford University; To Lani Enterprises Uranium Water Quality Environmental Justice Project; and University of Norte Dame, Center for Sustainable Energy.
by Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D.
The Navajo Birth Cohort Study addresses the need to study the multigenerational exposures, to understand the relationship between exposures, birth outcomes, and development key to ensuring that children can develop to their maximum potential.
Please click here to view this 53-page Powerpoint presentation: USEPApresentation20march202016_rev032516
Dr. Johnnye Lewis is the Director of the Community Environmental Health Program, University of New Mexico HSC-COP, Center for Native American Environmental Health Research Equity (Native EH Equity), DiNEH Projects – Navajo Birth Cohort Study.
by Eszter Erdei, Debra MacKenzie, Curtis Miller, Bernadette Pacheco, Chris Shuey, Jennifer Ong, Joseph Hoover, and Johnnye Lewis
Window Rock, AZ – This powerpoint presentation was originally presented at the Navajo Nation Museum as an update on the Navajo Birth Cohort Study to the Navajo Nation Institutional Research Review Board on October 21, 2015 in Window Rock, AZ.
The Navajo Birth Cohort Study is a multi-agency prospective study to assess pregnancy outcomes and child development in relation to uranium mining and tailings waste exposures among Navajo mother-infant pairs.
Please click here to view presentation: Pres_NBCS_cytokines_NNHRRB_conf_EE_101215
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Community Environmental Health Program, Southwest Research and Information Center, Albuquerque, NM.