Lithium Mining Needed For Electric Vehicles Threatens Hualapai Sacred Sites

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 11:26am
Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 11:37am

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Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

An aerial view of a lithium mining site
An aerial view of a lithium mining site in Nevada.

A push for more electric vehicles is bumping up against a western Arizona tribe’s sacred sites and land.

A mining company is looking to extract lithium on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but that land surrounds Hualapai land on three sides.

Lithium is a key component in the batteries that power electric vehicles.

Maya Kapoor is a journalist covering science, climate change and environmental justice in the Western U.S. She has written about this conflict, and The Show spoke with her to learn about the Hualapai’s concerns.

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