“Mining: Navigating the Global Waters” was the theme of the 2015 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference and Expo which took place February 15-18, 2015 in Denver, CO. The SME is considered the preeminent conference for mining professionals around the world and this year’s meeting had over 7,800 attendees.
University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Trainee Carime Lechner presented her work with UA SRP investigator Dr. Karletta Chief, on the development of a “Tribal Consultation Mining Educational Module.” This module was developed after the UA SRP received requests both from Tribal Nations and from several mining companies for information on this topic. The curriculum includes concepts of tribal consultation, rights of indigenous peoples, free, prior and informed consent, and tribal sovereignty. The module features hands-on activities, incorporation of technology, student and community involvement, and discussion questions. It can be adapted for use with a variety of audiences, including different community college-level learning environments, mining personnel, or impacted tribal communities. The oral presentation was part of a session entitled, “Responsible Mining, Environmental and Social Risks III.”
UA SRP collaborators from the UA Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health also presented work on mining-related topics including education outreach, the global role of mining, remote-controlled monitoring, and safety and exposure studies.