Water Safety

CHEYENNE RIVER PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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“Anpetu waste. I’m Randolph Runs After. The Cheyenne River is a beautiful place to relax with friends and family. However, as we enjoy the river banks, we need to protect our health. The soil on the Cheyenne River flood plain has higher than normal levels of arsenic, copper, lead, selenium and cadmium. So we need to keep this dirt out of our bodies. Here are some safety tips. Don’t eat food if the wind blows dirt on it. Don’t go out there every day. And don’t let our children -— especially kids under six — put dirty hands into their mouths. For more information, call Kim or Carlyle at 964-6559. Pilamaya Toksa ake.”

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“Hau. Mitakuyapi Randolph Runs After. Imaciyapi. We Lakota have been catching and eating fish for as long as we can remember. However, higher levels of mercury now make eating too much local fish dangerous. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding, children under six, and elders over 65 should not eat any fish caught in lakes, streams, or ponds here. If you’re not in one of these groups, limit the amount of locally caught fish you eat. Each month, you may safely eat one serving of Northern Pike, or two servings of Bass and Perch, or three of Walleye or four of Catfish. Choose smaller and younger fish and throw back the big ones. For more information, call Carlyle or Kim at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Department of Environment and Natural Resources: 964-6559. Pilamaya Toksa ake.”

 

ARTICLES

DANGERS OF FLUORIDE (LINKS)
Fluoride and Brain damage
Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

DANGERS OF ARSENIC (LINKS)
Arsenic Pollution On The Cheyenne River Reservation
Gold Mining Pollution Plagues Western South Dakota Waterways

Arsenic Contamination from Hard Rock Mining – Cheyenne River System

DANGERS OF URANIUM (LINKS)
Uranium Mining Poisons Native Americans
Navajo Nation Struggles With Devastating Legacy of Contamination
Uranium Mining In The Black Hills – Debra White Plume’s Response to ‘Clean Nuclear’

DANGERS OF IN-SITU MINING (LINKS)
Uranium & Arsenic in the Water: In-Situ Leach Mining Contamination on Indian Lands

DANGERS OF MERCURY (LINKS)
State expands list of waters under mercury advisory (SD & Cheyenne River Sioux)
CURRENT MERCURY FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (SD & Cheyenne River Sioux)
Mercury Isn’t Just a Hazard for Young Children, It’s a Health Risk for Adults Too

 

POSTERS AND INFOGRAPHICS

Toxic contamination of water from Hard Rock Mining – Whitewood Creek – Belle Fourche River – Cheyenne River System, Western South Dakota (USGS, 1985)


Radioactive sign by Cheyenne River – Red Shirt village


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