Plenty Gulf Recovery Program Director, Tony Sferlazza, has returned to Arabi, Louisiana which is adjacent to the Lower Ninth Ward where, with the assistance of Plenty volunteer and electrician, Carl Evertson, he has been helping to install new electrical systems for homes getting repaired and the St. Bernard Parish Community Center. In the photo you can see Tony (on the right) and Carl at the St. Bernard Parish Community Center. Although FEMA has decreed that the trailers they gave people to live in two years ago after Katrina are unfit for habitation due to high levels of toxic chemicals in the construction materials, most people are still in their trailers because there is nowhere for them to go and the government has yet to provide the bulk of the funding promised to residents to help them renovate their flooded homes.
The battle to limit the expansion of a uranium mining operation near the Pine Ridge Reservation is entering the second stage after a three judge panel heard the testimony of several experts and petitioners including Joe American Horse and Oliver Red Cloud, direct descendants of the 19th century Sioux Chiefs and signers of the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty. That treaty deeded the Black Hills and more than half of the territory that today encompasses South Dakota and Nebraska and big portions of North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming to the Lakota people. To stay abreast of the latest developments in this battle please visit http://savecrowbutte.org
The Plenty Belize School Gardens Project (GATE) is in full swing. They recently held another teacher training in the garden behind the Plenty Belize Office in Punta Gorda. They have also been doing a number of solar energy installations around the Toledo District including schools and an Indigenous environmental organization.(more…)