You’re on Stolen Land: Examining Environmental Racism against Native Americans

  • Cassidy Boe (Iowa State University)
  • Deleigha Hodges (Iowa State University)
  • Paloma Mate-Kodjo (Iowa State University)
  • Cristian Olmos (Iowa State University)


Many Native American cultures are known for their deeply rooted connection to nature. However, throughout history, this connection has been continuously interrupted by environmental racism. Environmental racism is the creation of hazardous conditions within and in proximity to marginalized communities that affect their health and quality of life. This session will explore various forms of environmental racism that have impacted Native Americans in the past and continue in 2019. Not only have hazardous conditions been created, but much of what was once Native land has been stolen and defaced. A well-known example is the carving of U.S. President’s faces into the sacred Six Grandfathers Mountain of the Lakota people, known today by many as the national monument of Mount Rushmore. Come to this session prepared to learn about environmental racism, including relocation to unproductive land, defacement of sacred land, and dumping of hazardous and toxic chemicals on tribal lands.

Keywords: NCORE-ISCORE Project Scholars

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Published on
28 Feb 2019