Raini-Skye Rogers is a Navajo/Hopi multidisciplinary designer and aspiring 35mm film photographer, based in Arizona. She began her enthusiasm for design in her small hometown of Tuba City, located on the Navajo reservation. To enhance her self-taught skill set, she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in the Visual Communication Design Program at Arizona State University. After studying the various projects in the program, she hopes to work in print, typography, and digital design. Furthermore, she hopes to create a typography set that is both unique and balanced. A’he’hee, askwali, thank you.
Uranium Mines on the Navajo Nation
From 1944 to 1986, private mining companies mined uranium from Navajo lands in Arizona for the purpose of nuclear weapons. It was in the mines that companies neglected to mention the health risks of uranium exposure to thousands of Navajo men workers. Nor was there any environmental regulation until the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970. After mining the ore, the extraction contaminated the air, water, and land on which the Navajo families depended, increasing the health risks. Today, there are about 524 uranium mines and only 219 sites available for cleanup and remediation activities.