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Havasupai Councilwoman Appointed To Biden Environmental Justice Board

The Biden administration has appointed an Arizona woman to serve on its Environmental Justice Advisory Board.

Carletta Tilousi has been outspoken against uranium mining near the Grand Canyon area.

As a councilwoman for the Havasupai, she has carried on the work of her uncle, a former tribal chairman.

The tribe, which lives in a tributary of the Grand Canyon, has long considered uranium mining to be a threat to its water supply.

Tilousi has also been active in keeping Supai Village free of coronavirus during the pandemic.

The advisory board is expected to take up a variety of issues that affect communities of color, such as pollution, climate change and economic opportunity.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.