Manifest Destiny and the Gilded Age vs. Man-Made Climate Change (Part 2) » David Offutt at Mooney Falls Grand Canyon July 1997

David Offutt at Mooney Falls on the Havasupai Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (July 1997): It’s been our tradition to support development over preservation, and it’s also been our tradition to ignore the needs and wishes of our indigenous peoples. I’ve been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon five times, and two of those times were not land maintained by the National Park Service. The Havasupai have a public campground near two beautiful waterfalls, which makes it my favorite destination in the canyon. Here, I am at Mooney Falls, which is the most difficult of the two falls to reach – the descent to where I am would never be certified safe by national park standards. The ban against uranium mining near here will soon expire and the current administration plans to not renew the ban. The potable drinking water of the Havasupai will then be in jeopardy. Do we care?

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