Peaceful protest

Yolanda Badback, the protest’s founder, estimated this was their biggest walk ever. Badback picked up the mantle of her late uncle, who also fought against the mill. Her brother, Michael Badback, said when the mill’s smoke stacks are going, “the smoke settles in White Mesa, and you can smell the sulfur.”

He blames the mill for increasing cases of asthma in the community’s kids and doing much worse to seniors.

“A lot of our elders mysteriously got sick, and a lot of them have passed,” Badback said, adding they still don’t know the cause.


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