Clicky

California Gold Rush

Default content image
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Gold was discovered in California 150 years ago. Today the legacy of thatfateful event is being re-examined, particularly by environmentalists andNative Americans. Many of them say that the se-centennial is not an eventto be celebrated, but rather one to be mourned.

California’s golden heritage came at a price of enormous environmentaldegradation and the genocide of thousands of Native Americans. Mercuryused to leach out gold fills the state’s waterways and poisons thoseunlucky enough to come in contact with it.

Guest:

  • Pratap Chatterjee, investigative writer doing research for ProjectUnderground.
  • Jim Brown, Tribal spokesperson and member of the tribal council of the Elemtribe of Pomo Indians. Brown can be reached via e-mail at lytton@sonic.net.

Related links:

.
.
.

Related Story

Video squareStoryJul 20, 2017Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation
Up arrowTop