Navajo Nation’s Janene Yazzie is a community organizer and human rights advocate who has worked on development and energy issues with indigenous communities across the United States. Among her many positions, she is Sustainable Development Program Coordinator for International Indian Treaty Council and the council’s representative as Co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group of the U.N. High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. She is also co-founder Sixth World Solutions LLP, Navajo Nation Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association. Janene is currently working on the front lines of the Navajo Nation response to the Covid 19 pandemic, and speaks to the connection between Covid and the decades of her people’s exposure to uranium mine radioactive contamination. Janene says knowing the large population that we have dealing with rare cancers … as a result of generations of exposure through our water and our soil and food to abandoned uranium mines it’s clear that the Navajo nation was going to have a greater public health crisis with the corona virus than other communities.
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