Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bolivia: Meet Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo

Manny Pino: Laguna Acoma for a Safe Environment

Exposing the underbelly of Cold War genocide: Uranium mining in the Pueblos of New Mexico

Manny Pino is from the Acoma indigenous territories in New Mexico, USA. He is a co-founder of a tribal grassroots group called Laguna Acoma for a Safe Environment and is a professor of sociology, President of the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Manny has worked in the area of American Indians and the environment for the past 28 years with an emphasis on uranium mining and nuclear fuel cycle issues impacting Indigenous Peoples throughout North America. Manny comes from an indigenous community directly impacted by uranium mining. Uranium is a fuel for the nuclear industry. Mr. Pino was one of two indigenous environmental activists to be presented with the 2008 award, Nuclear-Free Future Award, in Munich, Germany.

Read about more Indigenous delegates from North America at the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, beginning Monday in Bolivia: http://www.ggjalliance.org/node/351

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