TheVoiceOfJoyce The Nuclear Waste for the Manhatten Project was stored on Yakama Indigenous land on the Columbia River in the State of Washington. Nuclear reactors were built there in 1943 and the tribal lands and people were evacuated. For decades they have been returning to their ancestral homes and cleaning up their land and water. Native plants that sustained them still grow. The Indians are entitled to their land. Their work benefits all those getting sustenance along the Columbia River. This is home to sturgeon and salmon. The faster the clean up proceeds, the better for everyone. Now, the Columbia River contains; lead, mercury, nuclear waste, PFAS chemicals. Give the next generation a chance to study engineering and the sciences, to integrate the “ old” ways with new technology and pass on their heritage and connections to the past. The Indigenous Indians have a lot to teach us about conservation!

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