Before the U.S. attacks other countries, it tests its weapons on indigenous peoples in the Americas; military and nuclear testing also takes place almost exclusively on Native lands. Native women have been disproportionately impacted by nuclear testing in the Pacific Islands and on the Nevada test site on Shoshone land. In Canada, the Inuit have been subjected to NATO war exercises that have been wreaking environmental havoc where they live. The 18,000 low-level flights that taken place each year over Inuit land create so much noise they disrupt the wildlife and destroy the hearing of the Inuit. In addition, oil falls from the jets and poisons their water supply. Since the Inuit depend on wildlife for their subsistence, flights threaten their existence. Two jets that crashed contained an extremely toxic substance, hydrazine, but NATO was not required to publish any results of the study regarding the potential effects of this crash. NATO considers the Inuit to be expendable causalities, as illustrated by one of its promotional brochures:
Canada’s Department of Defense has disregarded any complaints of the Inuit, arguing that any negative health effects can be attributed to poor nutrition.
One can spend a one-hour mission at low-level and never see another human being. The only humans are occasional Inuit families who hunt and fish out of small camps on a seasonal basis.
Apparently, again, Native peoples do not qualify as human beings. Similarly, at the First People of Color Environmental Justice Summit in Washington, D.C., in 1991, representatives from the Western Shoshone nation reported that low-level flying also takes place on their land. According to the Shoshone, the flying was supposed to take place over the cattle pasturage until the Humane Society interceded and said this would be inhumane to the cattle. Consequently, the war exercises were redirected to take place over Indian people instead.” —Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (via thecurvature)