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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine. As the sound of drums and the smell of sweetgrass filled the meadow, they also remembered friends and relatives who worked at the mine, especially those who later died of cancer.

Feds, Midnite Mine operators reach deal on cleanup

The federal government has reached an agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies on a $193 million cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Newmont Mining Co. and its subsidiary, Dawn Mining, will pay for the majority of the restoration costs at the Midnite Mine. The U.S. Department of the Interior will contribute $42 million to future cleanup activities for failing to fulfill federal trust responsibilities to the Spokane Tribe through proper oversight of the open-pit mine.