From the beginning of the Atomic Age, the genocidal aspects of racism were part of the legacy of the Manhattan Project. Native Americans were heavily exposed to uranium mining, nuclear tests, and permanent uranium contamination of their groundwater and reservations from mining. Henry Kissinger expressed U.S. National Security Policy very plainly over concerns about Pacific Islanders exposed to US nuclear tests in the Pacific:
"There are only 90,000 people out there. Who gives a damn!" --Henry Kissinger
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION: WW II "DIRTY BOMB" GENOCIDE
On June 22, 2004, a secret meeting was held, by representatives of the NRC and the Department of Defense (DOD), with Lakota tribal members of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A small muckraker newspaper editor discovered that drums of uranium and unexploded bombs were on the Badlands Bombing Range after the DOD had completed a $2.5 million cleanup of the range. The large drums had "1945" stamped into the metal, were full of gunshot holes and were full of "natural uranium." At the meeting, a representative from the NRC was there with DOD Officers, and the Lakota tribal members present were informed that the drums had natural uranium in them. When the Lakotas asked what they were doing with the drums, they were told by NRC/DOD officials that the drums had been piled up and shot at, or sacks of uranium hung from drop towers were shot at, to study the dispersal patterns of the uranium "downwind, downstream, and in the groundwater". A Native American village was a few miles downwind and downstream from the uranium drums and drop tower experiments, and the tribal members in the village had been drinking the groundwater from wells in the village. This Army experiment was conducted without informing them and without their consent.