The UA SRP Community Engagement Core has released the first module in its planned “Mining and Environmental Educational Modules for Tribal Colleges” collection.
“Copper Mining and Processing” describes: basic information about copper; the history and current status of copper mining in Arizona and tribal lands, including case studies; the stages in the life cycle of a mine; and the steps involved in the processing of copper oxide and sulfide ores . The module contains an in-depth instructional guide on the topic with links to additional resources (websites and videos) and a PowerPoint presentation which parallels the guide. The module also contains an instructional guide, classroom worksheet, and PowerPoint presentation to complete a hands-on activity illustrating the process of copper electrolysis.
The mining module format is based on the successful Promotora transferable training module series that was developed by the UA SRP, but modified for a unique audience. Led by UA SRP investigator Dr. Karletta Chief and director Dr. Raina Maier, the tribal modules team has met with tribal community college instructors to identify educational needs and develop modules related to mining on tribal lands. The modules have been designed to incorporate tribal case studies as well as examples of how the social and environmental impacts of mining can be mitigated.
Stay tuned for the future release of additional module chapters!