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Coal mines, power plant give Navajos income, controversy

• Arizona Republic
 A green controversy fueled by coal-fired power plants is raging on America's largest Indian reservation.

On one side is Joe Shirley Jr., president of the Navajo Nation, who rejects the notion of climate change even though he recently won an international award for environmentalism. On the other are environmentalists opposed to power plants in Indian Country and to the coal mines that provide their fuel. Caught in the middle are tribal members concerned with economic survival and the protection of sacred lands.

The dispute centers on fundamental questions of religion and heritage, as well as tribal finances. 

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Comment by Asel Wood
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Correction on Appalachian Miners-- Youp'll -- you'll

Comment by Asel Wood
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Appalachian Miners are shoved aside for minorties . You as miners and U.S. citizens have the right to protest the racial injustice that has taken your rights away. Obama and his racist czars said this is how it will be for whites. Yopu'll step down. They mean way down.