gamma goat to the rescue




The Navajo nation has an unemployment rate at about 50%.  While the tribe is pursuing investment and job opportunities much of the land under consideration for development is contaminated with uranium from over 500 uncapped mines which deters businesses from investing.  The companies who abandoned the mines in the 60s + 70s when the price and demand for uranium dropped aren’t legally bound to clean up their sites per mining laws from the 1800s when prospectors were mining for precious minerals.

Concerned with the possibility of accidental contamination by wandering into abandoned mine sites the EPA created a coloring book for grade school kids on the rez.  The star is “Gamma Goat” who introduces himself saying “That’s right.  I’m named after the most powerful form of radiation given off by uranium, gamma rays.  I know how to stay away from areas where radiation may harm me and I’m here to teach you, your friends and family how to be safe too.”  Meanwhile, contamination continues to affect the land, water, animals and humans.


jc at the white house


spirit line

jc at coconino center for the arts



thanks to travis iurato for arranging the wall.


  4 comments for “gamma goat to the rescue

  1. Roy Burgess
    April 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I always enjoy your posts. The Gamma Goat taught this 68 year old about the uranium dangers facing many people. Thanks once again.


  2. Don Decker
    April 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    “Predatory -industrial cannabilsm” operating conditions demand an unsuspecting populace which is uninformed nor possesses the power to control variables that may contribute to their demise psychologically and physically. Powerless and disenfranchised, these people suffer at the expense of a ruling class who willingly know the consequences of public danger while at the same time, propigate the notion that negligence is permissible at all costs to benefit the corporate coffers. To these cannibals, life means nothing to them.


    • jetsonorama
      April 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

      is that an original quote don? regardless, poignantly deducted.


  3. April 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    So gorgeous!


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