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Reagan's Address about the Economy (1981)

After his election in 1980, President Ronald Reagan set his sights on the American economy, including issues like interest rates, inflation, unemployment, and wages. In his first address to the nation in February 1981, Reagan outlined his intentions [...]

Item Type: Speech
Environmental (In)Justice Bibliography

Please use the following bibliography for additional information on these topics. Many of the books contained analysis of the primary sources included in this collection.

A Peruvian Immigrant Recalls Working in Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos (2019)

Jaime Cruz immigrated to the United States in 1987 from Lima, Peru. In Peru, Cruz earned a mechanical engineering degree and worked as a merchant marine. When he arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cruz found it difficult to secure an engineering job, [...]

An Alaskan Community Opposes Expanded Oil Drilling (2023)

ConocoPhillips is the largest producer of oil in Alaska. In 2020, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the company’s Willow project, allowing ConocoPhillips to drill on public land on the North Slope for three decades and to [...]

A Tribal Chief Testifies in Favor of the Indian Child Welfare Act (1977)

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, numerous Indigenous children were taken from their tribes and adopted by settler families. In the 1960s, more than twenty-five percent of Indigenous children lived in non-Native institutions and homes. Many of [...]

A Native Hawaiian Expresses Love for Her Island Home (2020)

On July 7, 1898, the Hawaiian Islands were annexed by the United States after a long struggle between native Hawaiians and non-native American businessmen. Because of their location in the Pacific, the Hawaiian islands have provided a strategic [...]

Diane Burns Sheds Light on Gentrification (1988)

Artist and poet Diane Burns was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1957: her father was Chemehuevi and her mother was Anishinabe. In the 1970s she moved to New York City where she created art that challenged stereotypes of Native Americans and addressed [...]

Devastation After the Church Rock Uranium Mill Spill (1983)

After World War II, uranium mined in New Mexico was used to fuel nuclear weapons and power plants. The process was toxic for employees who worked with the radioactive materials and the mines also posed risks for nearby communities. In 1979, the dam [...]

Congressional Hearing on Church Rock Dam Break (1979)

On October 22, 1979, Congress members listened to testimony about the difficulties faced by Diné (Navajo people) living on the land that was contaminated by the Church Rock Uranium mine spill. The Church Rock mine was the country's largest [...]

BAAITS 4th Annual Two-Spirit Powwow

The Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) organization aims to support Two-Spirit people and call attention to their presence in Indigenous communities, past and present. By organizing cultural and political events, BAAITS demonstrates the [...]

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