2017-04-20 / Headlines

OLC To Host Lecture on Uranium Mining


KYLE -- Recent proposals to mine uranium near and around the sacred Black Hills has created a demand of information about the topic from concerned tribalcitizens. Oglala Lakota College has answered that call and will host a lecture this Friday about the dangers of uranium extraction.

The lecture will be lead by OLC Lilias Jones Jarding, Jarding is part of the Social Science faculty at OLC. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Public and Human Services Administration from Minnesota State University- Moorhead. Dr. Jarding’s specialty is Environmental Policy, and her research focuses on energy policy and tribalfederal state interactions around natural resources. She has worked in the public and non-profit sectors and has also worked as a consultant to government agencies and non-profit groups. Dr. Jarding’s awards include a Bush Leadership Fellowship, a Western Governor’s Association research award, two research fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Adrienne Kaufmann Peace with Justice Award. She is married to Larry and has two grown children, Tom and Lilias.

The lecture will focus on the history of uranium mining in the He Sapa and western Nebraska. What is the role of governmental agencies in the uranium issue. As well as ways for people get involved and the options that people have to oppose it.

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