Energy projects spur alarm among Indians
They say the wind farms and other developments threaten Native American sacred areas and other cultural sites, like those near the spirit circle where they held their ceremony. And they worry government regulators are looking the other way in an effort to fast-track construction.
November 8, 2011
by Steve Schmidt
in San Diego Union-Tribune
OCOTILLO, Calif. - Rattling gourds and scattering acorn dust, a small clutch of Native Americans recently staged a sacred ceremony atop a tiny mesa on the eastern side of the rocky divide between San Diego and Imperial counties.
The late-morning gathering marked the emergence of a rare alliance.
Alarmed by the growing list of energy projects that are underway or proposed in both counties, three southwestern tribes - including San Diego's Kumeyaay - are forming the first intertribal group to watchdog the work.
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