The
Nuclear-Free Future
Award

in the Category


RESISTANCE

is presented to

GRACE THORPE

USA

Los Alamos
26 September 1999

Grace Thorpe

The Bush people in Washington, who had targeted Native American lands as ideal sites for the storage of toxic and radioactive wastes, didn’t realize they were up against the “Woman of the Power of the Wind that Blows Up Before a Storm” (No Ten O Quah, Grace’s Sac & Fox Nation name). Enraged, Grace set out upon a trek across Turtle Island to educate the tribal governments about the fatal consequences of storing the white man’s wastes on sacred tribal lands. At her urging, a good thirty tribes from over seventy reservations – ranging from the Mojave in the West to the Onondaga in the East – declared themselves as Nuclear Free Zones.

“Radioactive waste is the most widespread, lethal poison known in the history of humankind.”

“We must unite as people of the world to stop the nuclear industry that is dividing and contaminating us,” Grace – the daughter of the American sports legend Jim Thorpe – says, adding, “radioactive waste is the most widespread, lethal poison known in the history of humankind.”

The people in Washington didn’t know who they were up against when they made their bid to circumvent state environmental laws by dumping radioactive waste on tribal lands. Maybe they should have sent someone out to scout a look at the Sac & Fox license plate of Grace’s car: NONUKES.

–Craig Reishus