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Tribal members in Nevada protest Divine Strake

Members of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe and other Western Shoshone tribes held a protest against the Pentagon's plan to blow up more than 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site.

The Duckwater Reservation and other Western Shoshone reservations are located near the test site. Tribal members say nuclear tests conducted there have caused cancers and deaths of their family and friends. They are worried the "Divine Strake" blast will stir up radioactive fallout left from those tests.

Western Shoshone tribal members have filed suit to stop the Divine Strake. The Pentagon has delayed the blast but politicians in Nevada and Utah are concerned that it will not be safe.

Get the Story:
Native Americans protest planned non-nuclear blast at test site (The Pahrump Valley Times 5/17)
Anderson calls on delegation to hear test-blast concerns (The Salt Lake Tribune 5/18)

Revised Environmental Assessment:
Revised Finding of No Significant Impact for the Large-Scale Open-Air Explosive Detonation at the Nevada Test Site (May 9, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Nevada Test Site -

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