American Indian lands contain a vast amount of renewable and non-renewable resources that have consequently been mined (Smith and Frehner). Therefore,tt is understandable that tribes are concerned about environmental impacts from mining and their ability to minimize and mitigate these impacts. This has created a need to better understand mining and its environmental impacts. The University of Arizona Superfund Research Program Mining educational modules developed educational modules for tribal colleges focusing on environmental impacts of mining, remediation of mining wastes, and sociocultural impacts of mining. Educational modules are independently packaged units of study designed to enhance the learning process and can be modified and adapted to different learning scenarios and objectives. In addition to providing specialized knowledge, the modules feature hands-on activities,incorporation of technology, student involvement, discussion, and exchange of ideas. Modules will aim incorporate traditional ecological knowledge and approaches that promote effective science learning for native students. Modules are designed to augment existing associates of science programs (e.g. biology, chemistry) currently offered at tribal colleges and can be modified for use in K-12 education and for non-tribal audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, SME 2014
Subtitle of host publicationLeadership in Uncertain Times
PublisherSociety for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781632665263
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit: Leadership in Uncertain Times, SME 2014 - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2014Feb 26 2014

Publication series

Name2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, SME 2014: Leadership in Uncertain Times


Other2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit: Leadership in Uncertain Times, SME 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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