NAU seeks Navajos for uranium cleanup training

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Northern Arizona University is using federal grant money to address two of the most widespread problems on the Navajo Nation -- unemployment and uranium contamination.

The $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow the school's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals to train up to 40 people over three years to safely handle radioactive materials. They'll also receive job training on the reservation where the unemployment rates hovers around 50 percent.

About 4 million tons of uranium ore were mined from the reservation from 1944 to 1986 for weapons during the Cold War-era. Families still live among the contamination.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is recruiting Navajos to apply for the training by Jan. 31.

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