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Navajo Nation president visits Gold Mine toxic spill

'This is an assault on who we are as Dine people'

 

Last updated 9/10/2015 at 3:25pm

Jerry McBride, Durango Herald

A toxic spill from the abandoned King gold mine flowed into the Colorado River seriously affected people living along the river system including several Native American nations, especially the Navajo Nation.

DURANGO, CO-A top New Mexico official vowed to support the Navajo Nation in litigation against the Obama administration as questions mounted amid a multiple state and tribal environmental catastrophe.

At an occasionally emotional session of the Navajo Nation Council, delegates complained that they still haven't been formally notified by the Environmental Protection Agency about the spill at the abandoned Mine in mid-August. More than three million tons of waste entered the water system as the states of New Mexico and Colorado, along with the tribe, formally declared emergencies.

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