Reclaiming Environmental Justice
Carrie Nuva Joseph grew up in Moenkopi on the Hopi reservation, seven miles downstream from an inactive uranium mill site. As a Hopi woman and an indigenous scientist, she feels very connected to the land and sees the importance of communicating science and informing her community about hazardous waste to protect human health.
After becoming a young mother and noticing cancer rates higher than average in the area, she was determined to find a way to help with these environmental challenges. She went back to school to get her Ph.D. and learn how inactive mill sites—especially those neighboring Native American communities—impact those who live there.
This short documentary will be released in 2021 and is made possible in partnership with The Village of Moencopi (Lower) Administration Office, The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office , and the University of Arizona's Department of Environmental Science and Tribal Extension Program.