Who We Are & Contact
The Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment envisions respectful, peaceful communities cherishing a healthy environment.
MASE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.
MASE works by
- Developing and strengthening the relationships among the people of this community and region.
- Understanding the complex and rich ecosystem that sustains and includes us.
- Initiating and supporting sustainable ways of working and living that promote the health and well-being among the people and the environment
- Engaging with government and industry to re-mediate and stop harm to our people and the environment.
Nadine Padilla — MASE Coordinator
Nadine is Navajo and Pueblo from Bluewater Lake, NM. Nadine first began working as a community organizer in 2006 with the Sacred Alliances for Grassroots Equality (SAGE) Council. In addition to working on health and environmental justice issues with SAGE she works with MASE to stop new uranium development in order to protect sacred sites, water, and the health of our communities. Nadine served as a Field Organizer for the Navajo Nation, McKinley County, and Zuni Pueblo during the 2008 Obama Campaign. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with degrees in Political Science and Sociology and has a graduate degree in communications through Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Our Core Group of Alliances
Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance (BVDA) is a grassroots group made up largely of residents and property owners directly affected by groundwater pollution and radiation releases form the Homestake/Barrick Gold Mining Company uranium mill and tailings pile near Milan, NM and by the historic discharges of mining and milling waste from dozens of mines and two other uranium mills in the Ambrosia Lake Mining District northwest of Grants, NM.
Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) is a grassroots group opposing construction of the Crownpoint Uranium Project, a uranium in situ leach (ISL) mining operation proposed for two sites in Churchrock Chapter and two in Crownpoint Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment (LACSE) is a grassroots group of residents of Laguna and Acoma pueblos dedicated to assessing community and environmental health from impacts of past uranium development and protecting sacred cultural sites and areas, including Mt. Taylor, a mountain sacred to Indigenous peoples of New Mexico.
Post-71 Uranium Workers Committee (Post ’71) is a group of former uranium miners , millers, ore haulers, and drillers who aim to document health conditions among people who worked in the uranium industry after 1971 and to secure compensation for post 1971 uranium workers under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) as amended.
Red Water Pond Road Community Association (RWPRCA) is a grassroots organization of Diné families who have experienced and lived with the impacts of uranium mining and milling in the Church Rock mining area since the 1960s. Our mission is to restore the land and water contaminated by uranium mining, improve the health of community members, and protect and preserve the natural and cultural environment in which we live.
MASE Affiliated Groups and Allies
- Amigos Bravos, Taos & Albuquerque
- Moquino Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, Cebolleta
- New Mexico Environmental Justice Working Group
- McKinley Community Health Alliance, McKinley County, New Mexico
- New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe
- Office of Peace, Justice and Creation Stewardship, Gallup
- Partnership for Earth Spirituality, Albuquerque
- Ramah Navajo Community, Ramah
- Red Water Pond Road Community Association, Coyote Canyon Chapter
- Sierra Club Environmental Justice Office, Flagstaff
- Southwest Research and Information Center, Albuquerque
- Stewards of Creation, Albuquerque and Gallup
- New Mexico Environmental Law Center
- Think Outside the Bomb
- Western Mining Action Network
- Wise Uranium
P.O. Box 4524
Albuquerque, NM 87196