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United States Atomic Energy Commission
And Others

Written in regards to all the mining that went on throughout the 1980's and is still going on in our Native Reservations.

Hundreds of mines
Still sit open
To wind and air
Uranium dust
Covering communities
Entering waterways
Indians must be expendable
Unlike these toxins
That won't go away
We still hear those miners
Sent to their deaths
Bone Blood
Organs Hair
Spirit

© Melissa Fry Beasley

Melissa Fry Bealsey is a Cherokee Poet, Writer, Advocate, and Activist from Oklahoma. She is proud to have red dirt running through her veins. You can find her work in print and online. Visit her site, The Bee's Knees

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