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Background For Teachers:
Split your students into debate teams and assign each team a position either for or against temporary nuclear waste storage on the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Reservation. Provide each “debate team” with a starter oral history excerpt and have them search for at least three additional credible sources of their own. Remind them to keep the focus of their arguments on sovereignty.
Have students debate their topics and judge as is appropriate for your classroom.
Defa, Dennis R. "The Goshute Indians of Utah." In A History of Utah's American Indians. Ed. Forrest S. Cuch. Salt Lake City: Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Utah Division of State History, 2000.
Fahys, Judy. "Family Feud: Goshutes Split over Nuclear Waste Site." Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 18, 2002.
Fahys, Judy. "Goshute Says Fed, State Let the Tribe Down." Salt Lake Tribune, Sept. 14, 2006.
Fahys, Judy. "Miffed Backers of Goshute Nuclear Storage Sue Interior Department." Salt Lake Tribune, July 17, 2007, p. 1.
Gowda, M. V. R., and D. Easterling. "Voluntary Siting and Equity: The MRS Facility Experience in Native America." Risk Analysis 20, no. 6 (2000): 917–29.
Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah & Families against Incinerator Risk. "Report from the Nuclear Free Great Basin Gathering." The Smokeout, fall 2001.
Ishiyama, Norihiko. "Environmental Justice and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty: Case Study of a Land Use Conflict in Skull Valley, Utah." Antipode, 35 (2003): 119–39.
Johnson, Kirk. "A Tribe, Nimble and Determined, Moves Ahead with Nuclear Storage Plan." New York Times, Feb. 28, 2005, p. A15.
KUED-TV. Skull Valley: Radioactive Waste and the American West.
LaDuke, Winona. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life. Boston: South End Press, 1999.
Lewis, David Rich. "Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Nuclear Waste." In Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian. Ed. M. E. Harkin and David Rich Lewis. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Nuclear Information and Resource Service. Pamphlet. Environmental Racism, Tribal Sovereignty, and Nuclear Waste: High-level atomic waste dump targeted at Skull Valley Goshute Indian Reservation in Utah. n.d.
Pevar, Stephen L. The Rights of Indians and Tribes. 2d ed. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.
Public Citizen, Ohngo Guadedah Devia Awareness & Nuclear Information and Resource Service. "Beware of 'Private Fuel Storage': New Report Criticizes Industry Plan for Nuclear Waste." Press release. July 26, 2001.
Spangler, Jerry D. & Bob Bernick Jr. "NRC Ruling Won't End Fight over Nuclear Waste." Deseret Morning News. Sept. 10, 2005.
State News Service. "Utah Delegation Urges Interior to Block Skull Valley Site." Sept. 9, 2005.
Stolz, Martin & Mathew J, Wald. "Interior Department Rejects Interim Plan for Nuclear Waste." New York Times, Sept. 9, 2006, p. A9.
Utah Division of Indian Affairs. "Goshute Tribe." http://indian.utah.gov/utah_tribes/confederated_goshute.html.
Utah Division of Indian Affairs. "How Tribes Get Their Sovereignty."
Wilkinson, C. F. Indian Tribes as Sovereign Governments: A Sourcebook on Federal-Tribal History, Law, and Policy. Oakland, Calif.: American Indian Resources Institute, 1991.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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