Even after decades, dioxin continues to persist in the reservation’s water, air, and livestock, leading to devastating consequences for the community. People living on the reservation recount stories of entire families falling ill and dying of rare diseases. The reservation, which once had cancer rates lower than the state average, saw frightening spikes in the cancer rate after the dioxin herbicide had been sprayed.
Historically, the danger of corporate air pollution has been underestimated in order to protect multi-billion-dollar industries. Even government agencies are guilty of prioritizing profit over the welfare of people. However, the current research is uncovering the terrible effects of air pollution, linking it to various serious health conditions.