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Jim Mason, Medicine Man

Jim Mason, Medicine Man

© Carlan Tapp

“The ceremonial plants are dying from the pollution which falls from the sky. Their roots are dead.  We no longer have the plants we need for ceremony.  The blasting of Mother Earth for the strip mine shakes the ground I stand on every day.  The walls of my hogan suffer great cracks caused by the blasting.  My sheep can no longer drink the water.” Over 15 million tons of chemical toxins are released into the air each year in the Four Corners Area.  Living in the shadow of the nation’s dirtiest power plants and open pit coal strip mines the Dine´ People suffer from respiratory disease and cancer from the pollution laden air, soil, and water in Burnham, NM. Navajo Nation.

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