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An Ohio farmboy by birth and early education, Chris Shuey fled to Arizona in the early 1970s to pursue a newspaper career and obtain a college degree. After reading Gravity's Rainbow in 1978 and Spooks in 1979, he became disillusioned with both pursuits and soon thereafter wound up in Albuquerque editing SRIC's erstwhile magazine, Mine Talk. When funds for MT ran out, he remained on SRIC's staff, working with Navajo communities on uranium mining and with other environmental groups on national oil and gas waste issues. Nearly 19 years later, he's still at SRIC, still working on uranium problems in Diné Bikeyah, trying desperately to complete his master's degree in public health at the University of New Mexico, and insisting (in direct defiance of the Pope) that the new century and new millennium don't begin until January 1, 2001.

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Chris's influential, memorable, recommended books:

All The President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Simon and Schuster,1974). "This book was a confirmation of Nixon's vileness and paranoia by the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal."

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown (Washington Square Press, 1970). "This recounts the federal government's attacks on Lakota (Sioux) resisters 100 years apart. The message here is that the 'Indian wars' continue to this day, and you can't help but feel hostile to the many government agents, past and present, who were bent on annihilating Native America."

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (Viking Press, 1973). "A disturbing, obtuse, frightening, hilarious story of conspiracies involving the German and English military-industrial complex, set in the middle of World War II. If you don't believe in fate or chance, this novel convinces you that many disparate things are planned."

If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans by Peter Eichstaedt (Red Crane Books, 1994). "A comprehensive account of industry and government collusion, first to deny then to minimize the unconscionable exposure of underground uranium miners, mostly Navajos, to unsafe working conditions and high radon levels that resulted in unnecessary deaths from lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. Reading this book should make you really angry."

Spooks: The Haunting of America: The Private Use of Secret Agents by Jim Hougan (William Morrow, 1978). "A frightening account of the revolving door between government intelligence agencies and private-sector security."

The Book of the Navajo, by Raymond Friday Locke (Mankind Publishing Co., 1976). "An incredibly detailed and sympathetic account of Diné(Navajo) religion, legends, and history by an historian who had close connections with and was an advisor to Navajo leaders in the 1970s and 1980s."

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power by Daniel Yergin (Simon and Schuster, 1991). "This is a definitive history of the international petroleum industry and how the pursuit of oil, and its wealth, probably is second only to religion in the list of causes of regional and international conflict and war during the last 110 years."

All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein and
Bob Woodward

Simon and Schuster,1974;
25th edition, 1999
(349 pages)

Bury My Heart at
Wounded Knee

Dee Alexander Brown
Washington Square Press, 1970; Holt, 1981
(487 pages)

Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
Viking Press, 1973, 1995
(760 pages)

If You Poison Us: 
Uranium and Native Americans

Peter Eichstaedt
Red Crane Books, 1994
(263 pages)

The Prize: The Epic
Quest for Oil, Money,
and Power

Daniel Yergin
Simon and Schuster, 1991
(877 pages)

The Book of the Navajo
Raymond Friday Locke
Mankind Publishing Co., 1976; 4th ed. 1989;
5th ed. Holloway House, 1992
(475 pages)

Spooks: The Haunting of America: 
The Private Use of Secret Agents

Jim Hougan
William Morrow, 1978
(478 pages)
Out of print

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