Although the majority of her career has been spent dedicated to law, another interesting role is part of attorney Mariah Dylla Gardiner’s professional path.
After completing her undergraduate degree in French from Portland State University, Gardiner moved briefly into curation work through the Grants’ Uranium Mining Oral History Project. There, she worked diligently for 15 months to preserve and display the story of underground uranium miners from northwest New Mexico, curating their tales for an oral history museum funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and various private donations. Using the words of the miners themselves, Mariah Dylla Gardiner synthesized an abundant amount of technical and historical information about their work and their lives. She also interviewed an ethnically diverse set of these uranium miners — more than 50 — for their personal perspectives on that time in their lives, focusing particularly on the context of underground uranium mining during the Cold War as well as the hazards involved, how they were concealed or avoided, and what safety regulations were delayed or ignored until the United States weapons arsenal was ready and completed.