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Shiprock Navajos vote to prohibit irrigation

Duane 'Chili' Yazzie, president of the Shiprock Chapter on the Navajo Nation, reported via Facebook on Saturday, Aug. 22, that chapter officials voted unanimously, 104-0, to prohibit using San Juan River water to irrigate Native farmlands.
'It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make,' said Yazzie.
Yazzie explained the sacrifice was made to ensure that farmlands weren't contaminated by arsenic, mercury and lead released in the Gold King Mine spill on the Animas River, a tributary to the San Juan River.
The decision impacts some 20,000 acres of farmland worked by nearly 1,000 separate families.
According to Yazzie, Navajo officials in Shiprock are working to host a benefit concert for area farmers on Aug. 30, as well as a future water summit to help protect against corporate pollution.

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