Yellowcake, by Ann Cummins
Yellowcake follows the stories of two families – one Navajo and one Anglo – some 20 years after the closing of the uranium mill near Shiprock, where they once made their homes. With some of the mine workers facing illnesses, community members are banding together in hopes of a lawsuit, while others have no interest in drudging up the past. Yellowcake is the moving story of how everyday people sort their way through life, with all of its hidden hazards.
One Book Events: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
October 30, 7 PM, Lecture @ Henderson
October 31, Lunch, Book Signing at Coffee House Deli
November 1, morning, on campus
November 13 and 14, Graphic Arts Courtyard
The One Book, One Community Committee will host a panel discussion with the topic surrounding the impact of Uranium mining on November 21, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre
. The panel discussion is being held in conjunction with the 2013 One Book, One Community selection Yellowcake. The panel will include Doug Brugge, Timothy Benally, Nina Benally and Michael Darmody.
Doug Brugge holds a Master’s of Science degree from Harvard University School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in cellular and developmental biology also from Harvard. He is currently a professor at the Tuft’s University School of Medicine. His research includes studies of asthma; of traffic-related pollution; of the impact of culture and language on health communication; the health impact of environmental tobacco smoke; motor vehicle related injuries; and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans. In 2007 he testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation.
Timothy Benally co-wrote The Navajo People and Uranium Mining with Doug Brugge and Esther Yazzie-Lewis. He also conducted and translated interviews with former Navajo uranium miners, widows and children of miners for the book Memories Come to Us in the Rain and the Wind: Oral Histories and Photographs of Navajo Uranium Miners and their Families. He is the former director of the Office of Navajo Uranium Workers, a Navajo Nation office that worked with the US Department of Justice to identify former Navajo uranium workers and ensure that they received appropriate compensation. He was also the Director of the Uranium Education Project at Dine College before he retired.
Nina Benally worked as a volunteer and legal assistant for attorney Cheri Daut-Neztsosie in Shiprock from 1989-1999. During that time, she conducted over 100 interviews with families affected by illness related to uranium exposure.
Michael Darmody is an artist and adjunct instructor in the San Juan College Art Department. His graduate thesis revolved around the uranium industry and traced its impact from the Navajo Reservation to California.
More events are being planned before the end of the year. For information, contact One Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 566-3950