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Farrakhan shocked by conditions on reservation

Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, says living conditions on the largest reservation in the United States are "atrocious."

Farrakhan and fellow Muslims visited the Navajo Nation in mid-July. They were shocked when Miss Navajo Nation Rachelle James, 21, told them she didn't have running water or electricity in her home until a couple of years ago.

�We have a so-called super-country, with money that it gives away and uses it to make war like what is going on right now. But in its midst, right there in its backyard, there are people starving, people living in what they call Third World living conditions: no power, no water, no waste water disposal system, no means of communication, and one of those is us Navajo," Farrakhan said, according to The Final Call, the publication of the Nation of Islam.

During his two-day trip to the reservation, Farrakhan met with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and spoke to the Navajo Nation Council.

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