The Cost of Green Energy on Native Lands

First Nations Institute
January 3, 2023

What is the true cost of "green energy" on Native lands? People of Red Mountain, a grassroots Native organization, is fighting hard to save its sacred land from a proposed lithium mine intended to produce batteries for electric vehicles.🟧 Better known as “Peehee Mu’huh” (Rotten Moon), the land is home to 923 Native cultural sites in Thacker Pass, Nevada.🟧 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved an open-pit lithium mine on the land stewarded by the Paiute Shoshone people since time immemorial without attempting any good faith consultations with the tribe. BLM rushed the project's environmental impact statement, which failed to fully capture how the pit would affect the water, air, land, wildlife, plants, food, and people in surrounding communities.🟧 The mine will produce an estimated 152,703 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, burn 680,000 tons of sulfur, and use nearly two billion gallons of water in a basin already suffering from severe drought. People of Red Mountain also worry that the mine will leach uranium, antimony, sulfuric acid, aluminum, and arsenic, and leave radioactive waste in its wake.➡️ We urge you to read on about the proposed mine, People of Red Mountain's awareness campaign, and how you can help: visit