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Editorial: Navajo Nation bilked of millions
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2002

The Navajo Nation was "bilked of millions of dollars by a crafty politician who was doing favors for his friends in the coal industry," The Arizona Daily Star says in an editorial today.

The paper says former Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel enabled "corporate parasites" to exploit the Navajo Nation. Peabody Coal, the editorial states, "made a pile of money on the coal it extracted from reservation land, and Navajos were paid a pittance."

The paper says the Supreme Court should rule in favor of the tribe's breach of trust claim. Hodel's "underhanded" caused the tribe to lose $600 million, the paper says.

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Editorial: Exploiting the Navajos (The Arizona Daily Star 12/3)

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