Slide 1: To explore why Environmental Justice is such an
important issue with Indigenous peoples and vice versa in much greater detail
read the Grijalva Text.
Slide 2: Sources:
Slide 3: Sources
Slide 4: One interesting topic for discussion is why
Hurricane Katrina is an important EJ issue, and also its impacts on Indigenous
peoples, such as the Houma Tribe.
Slide 5: It can be useful to have students discuss the
meaning of environmental justice and why it is not called environmental
Injustice, which would seem to be a much more accurate term.
Slide 6: It is useful to discuss the relationship to land,
and why land is often at the core of cases involving Environmental Justice and Indigenous
Slide 7: Do Indian reservations constitute Environmental
Justice issues solely because of their existence?
Slide 8: This image is from Oka on the Mohawk reservation in
Quebec Canada right near Montreal. Students will find it enlightening to read
about Oka, where Mohawk warriors fought against having a golf course built on
what they considered to be tribal land. In more recent years similar struggles
have arisen over construction of housing developments on traditional Mohawk
land. These are serious issues, and are comparable in some ways to ethnic
struggles in the Balkans.
Slide 9: One of the most important issues is the designation
of National Sacrifice Areas, where Indian lands and reservations are used for
military bombing tests, storage of toxic wastes, and subjected to heavy
pollution of both water and air that would not be tolerated in urban or
suburban communities. This relates to the question posed above, about whether
the location of Indian reservations constitute Environmental Justice issues
solely because of their existence?