Summary Of Judy Pasternak's Yellow Dirt

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“The white men first showed up in the summer of 1943. They came from the north, from Colorado, in teams of half a dozen each, hunkered down in trucks until the roads ran out. Then they switched to horses, riding into the silent reaches of the Navajo reservation, leaving their own country behind through they were still within its borders. They entered a place that seemed mystical and wild, where the residents spoke little or no English and only a few could write their names, where medicine men chanted and sifted colored sand and witches were said to haunt the deep night along with coyotes and bears” – Prologue, S-37, SOM, and SOQ (pg. 1)7 The book, Yellow Dirt, is written by an author named Judy Pasternak, and had drawn my attention due to the recent events regarding the oppression of the indigenous people of North America. Through the exploitation of Native American lands, the U.S. government has repeatedly been accused of violating treaty agreements arranged between the United States and the Native Americans. These treaties are meant to protect the rights, land, and water made available to Native Americans. Yellow Dirt is a story that takes its reader back to the mid-20th century, into a world much different from …show more content…

Yellow Dirt is a well written novel that brings out the dishonesty and betrayal of the Navajo Nation and other Native Americans once again. During a time that focused on extracting uranium at all costs for the completion of the Manhattan Project would later change the future for all to come, the sacrifices that were made will be remembered and that trust between the United States and the Native Americans and minorities within our borders must be guaranteed for the protection of all of the public’s health. I believe that it was truly unethical not to take action when miners have been known to experience the cancerous health effects since the late 19th

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