by jsefick on Fri 25 May 2007 03:01 PM PDT
Dooda Desert Rock!
For Immediate Release May 25, 2007
Contact Elouise Brown, Dooda Desert Rock (505) 947-6159
Hank Dixon (505) 215-2124
Vandals Attack Home and Car of Navajo Opponent
of Proposed Desert Rock Power Plant
Farmington, New Mexico - The home and car of Elouise Brown, a leader of the grassroots Navajo group Dooda Desert Rock, were vandalized early this morning.
Ms. Brown and the Dooda Desert Rock group are leaders in the fight of the Navajo people to stop the proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant. Although it cannot be known if the vandalism is connected to the Desert Rock controversy, Navajo opponents of the power plant are worried this may be an act of retaliation and harassment in response to increased activism of power plant opponents.
The vandalism occurred as Navajo people and their supporters are waging a strong and high-profile fight against Sithe Global, Navajo tribal government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in an attempt to stop the siting of what would be the third giant coal-fired power plant in the area south of Farmington, New Mexico.
Elouise Brown and her husband and neighbors were awakened at 5 a.m. this morning by the sound of breaking glass. They discovered windows of their home and car had been smashed. Police were called and confirmed the vandalism.
"We will not be intimidated by this vandalism," said Elouise Brown. "We will continue fighting to stop the proposed Desert Rock power plant and to protect the health, environment and culture of our Navajo people."
Dooda Desert Rock and their allies are mobilizing Navajo people and supporters to attend the hearings to be held in June by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the proposed power plant.
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