Tribes call for US Implementation of UN Mercury Convention
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – On October 20th, 2017 Tribal Leaders participating in the Annual Conference of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) adopted a resolution calling for United States (US) government to uphold its international obligations under the United Nation Minamata Convention on Mercury by reducing mercury contamination impacting the health and environment of Tribal Nations. The resolution was submitted by Pit River Tribe of California and was strongly supported by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC).
The resolution specifically encourages the United States to implement the newly established Minamata Convention on Mercury, is a global internationally-binding treaty calling on State Parties including the US to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury. Mercury is linked to serious health problems, including heart disease and neurological problems in infants and children. Mercury enters the environment and human body through contamination emissions from coal-fired power plants, mercury-based dental fillings and gold mining including abandoned waste sites.