Regarding this line in the Oct. 15 story on the Canyon Mine: "What is clear, however, is that modern mining in the Grand Canyon isn’t simply a repeat of the past."
I was part of Canyon Under Siege, a coalition of environmentalists who worked with the Havasupai in their opposition to the Canyon Mine. The operation of the Canyon Mine repeats the past in a significant and genocidal way. Sinking the breccia pipe is a violation of Havasupai spiritual beliefs - as the tribe eloquently commented during the mid-1980s environmental scoping process. The Meadow in which the mine has been rammed is known to the tribe as an origin of their spiritual practice. That violation cannot be mitigated, any more than contamination of Havasupai springs can be. It was the job of the Forest Service in the re-consideration of the Canyon Mine to more deeply explore these vital cultural and spiritual concerns.