May 30, 2016

Introduction by Doug Brugge
The Navajo Uranium Miner Oral History and Photography Project was a university-community collaboration which I initiated and led. Many people were involved in many different roles, but critically, it was Timothy Benally and Phil Harrison who conducted the interviews and Esther Yazzie who played a leading role in both cultural and linguistic interpretation.

The interviews published here conducted in 1994-5, but I have found since that the stories are quite generalizable because indigenous populations are often close to mining and their experiences are quite similar.

To me the heartfelt opinions of the people Timothy and Phil interviewed, along with the photographs I took of them, preserve an important historical record that remains relevant today as uranium (and many other types of mining) continue to be sited near indigenous communities all over the world.

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA, USA