Dr. Phil King, an engineering professor at UNM, commissioned by the BIA to do an independent hydrological report stated that the monitoring wells are in the wrong locations.
Governor Gary Johnson's Tribal Consultation Policy, Zuni directly requested a government to government consultation with the Mining and Minerals Division, thus allowing Zuni to emphasize their role in the decision making process.
The federal lands mining permit SRP needs has been pending for over a year.Zuni Pueblo
has requested a meeting with DOI
Secretary Norton, but so far, the Pueblo has been ignored."We have had the D.C. office of the BIA
actively supporting us," said the Governor, "In fact at the last government to government consultation the BIA
, through a spokesperson cleared through the DC office specifically stated that they stand behind their independent hydrology report that actually supports Zuni's assertions.They also stipulated that 'we support Zuni's strategy and activities.' So they are finally saying in an indirect way that they oppose the mine because that's Zuni tribes primary position."