Pember, Mary Annette (February 24, 2014) Speak Your Piece: Coal and the Navajo. The Daily Yonder. Retrieved February 25, 2014 from.

The recent purchase of the Navajo Mine by the Navajo tribe is a perfect example of the power that fear of economic hardship holds over vulnerable populations.

Fear pushes communities like the Navajo Nation – with its more than 40% unemployment rate and 43% of the population living below the poverty level – to take desperate, short-sighted means to ensure continued income from an industry that effectively results in both their physical and cultural destruction.

That industry is coal, and it is an old, ugly story for the Navajo.

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