White Mesa Concerned Community
The White Mesa Ute Community of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is located between Blanding and Bluff in San Juan County in southern Utah. It is near Cedar Mesa, the Bears Ears National Monument, Valley of the Gods, the San Juan River, national parks, and many other beautiful and sacred areas.
White Mesa, however, is adjacent to the Energy Fuels’ uranium mill, the last such facility in the United States, where uranium tailings and other radioactive materials are sent for “processing” and dumping. Not only was the mill built right next to our community, but it was built right on top of hundreds of our culturally significant sites.
White Mesa Concerned Community is a grassroots group of concerned tribal members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. We work to inform our fellow tribal members and the public about our struggle to protect our community, health, water, air, land, culture, and sacred sites from toxic and radioactive contamination from the uranium mill. We demand that the uranium mill be closed and cleaned up.
October 9th 2021
Please join us for the Annual White Mesa Ute Community Protest and Spiritual Walk against the Energy Fuels Uranium Mill.
“I am worried about my kids and my grandkids and their future in White Mesa. When I think about the mill, I just feel like I have to fight. I have to stand up for my family and our community in White Mesa.”
– Thelma Whiskers
“When the mill’s running, it smells like chemicals at my house. The trucks that come and go from the mill are dangerous, especially for my kids and other kids in White Mesa who ride the school bus by the mill. The mill was built on top of burial grounds and it contaminates the bones of our ancestors.”
“If a crisis happened at the mill, they would contact Blanding, not us. We’re five miles south of the mill and the wind usually blows south. They don’t care about us; all they care about is money. If there was a crisis, where would we go? My only place is White Mesa.”