Nuclear Weapons Testing

Amchitka Island

Between 1965 and 1967, the US Government exploded nuclear weapons on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian island chain in southwest Alaska. Amchitka Island is the traditional homeland of Aleut Alaska Natives, who lived on Amchitka until the arrival of Russian settlers in the 1760s. Russian settlers forced many Aleut to move from…

Nevada Test Site

Much of the United States' nuclear weapons testing has occured at the Nevada test site on Western Shoshone lands, known as Newe Sogobia. Between 1951 and 1992, the US conducted both atmospheric and underground nuclear tests, detonating more than 1,000 nuclear weapons.[1]

Nuclear Fallout in the Arctic

Not only have nuclear weapons tests been conducted directly on Indigenous lands, but nuclear fallout also disproportionately affects Indigenous communities. People living in the Arctic, predominantly Indigenous communities, are “one of the most heavily exposed populations from the global fallout from atmospheric atomic bomb…

Trinity Test Site

The United States' first nuclear weapons test occured at the Trinity Test site in southeastern New Mexico in 1945. The area surrounding the Trinity Test site has a high concentration of Native residents and is near the