$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste in collaboration with tribal leaders and students, and to educate the next generation of scientists. Research will focus on three tribal communities: the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, and the Crow Nation of Montana, Lewis said.

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