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The Campo Indian landfill war : the fight for gold in California's garbage

Author: Dan McGovern
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Campo Indian Landfill War explores the timely and controversial topic of "environmental justice" through the story of an Indian tribe's struggle to develop its isolated and impoverished reservation by building a commercial garbage facility to serve the cities of Southern California. The environmental justice movement was born out of the conviction that the waste industry has targeted minority communities for
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan McGovern
ISBN: 0806127554 9780806127552 080614095X 9780806140957
OCLC Number: 32087284
Description: xxi, 325 pages : map ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by Dan McGovern.

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The Campo Indian Landfill War explores the timely and controversial topic of "environmental justice" through the story of an Indian tribe's struggle to develop its isolated and impoverished reservation by building a commercial garbage facility to serve the cities of Southern California. The environmental justice movement was born out of the conviction that the waste industry has targeted minority communities for facilities it can no longer locate in the backyards of those with greater access to political power. The Campo case is therefore an anomaly: The tribe is unified in supporting the landfill, while the project is opposed by their mostly white neighbors out of concern that it could contaminate the aquifer that is the sole source of drinking water for 400 square miles, and thereby render the entire region uninhabitable.

The environmental justice community, including many Indians, charges that the waste industry is trying to exploit the poverty of the Campos and other tribes, making them offers they can't refuse for projects no one else wants, projects no one should want. The Campos admit the danger of exploitation, but contend that it is paternalistic - indeed racist - to assume that Indians are not smart enough to protect themselves in dealings with whites or wise enough to guard their reservation environment.

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