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The purpose of this chapter is to exercise comprehensive Tribal regulatory authority over surface mining operations and other activities by Yurok Tribal members and other persons within the Reservation in order to:

(a) Protect fundamental Tribal cultural, ceremonial, water quality, fishery, and property interests;

(b) Encourage conservation and production of known or potential mineral deposits for the economic health and wellbeing of the Tribe and its members;

(c) Regulate surface mining operations so as to prevent or minimize adverse environmental effects of surface mining;

(d) Provide for the reclamation of mined lands; and

(e) Reduce or eliminate hazards to public health and safety due to surface mining operations. [Ord. 27 § 6003, adopted, 6/27/2012.]