Oppenheimer — And the Other Side of the Story

This week, “Oppenheimer” will open, a film that centers the creation and use of the atomic bomb through the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Go see the movie if it calls to you. But please also take time to learn about the other side of the story and what unfolded at Tsankawi (also known as Los Alamos) and the Pajarito Plateau 80 years ago — the story that centers the Indigenous and land-based peoples who were displaced from our homelands, the poisoning and contamination of sacred lands and waters that continues to this day, and the ongoing devastating impact of nuclear colonization on our lives and livelihoods.

We’ve put together this resource list, with a focus on Indigenous and land-based communities, so you can learn more about our side of the story and ways to respond.

Together we are Beloved Community. Together we can grow a Culture of Peace.


Video and Audio


Articles and Reports


Water, Air, and Land: A Sacred Trust  This map is a work in progress. The uses of water, air and land are diverse in New Mexico and will change dramatically with climate change. For caretakers of this sacred trust, this map offers a bird’s eye view of the health of our environment. It documents primarily the energy- and nuclear-related sources of pollution, though other factors are also at work.


This list is just a starting point. Connect with the organizations below for more opportunities to act, and we’ll add more soon.

1 Sign up for our NM Action Alerts email list – we’ll send you a message when there is an action you can take on behalf of environmental justice, including responses to LANL

2 Stand in solidarity with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. Visit their website to learn more

3 Get involved with and support local organizations focusing on nuclear issues:

And this international network: