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Navajos protest power plant at inauguration

The Dooda Desert Rock Committee, a group of Navajos opposed to a power plant on the reservation, staged a protest at the inauguration of President Joe Shirley Jr.

The group tried to enter the fairgrounds in Window Rock, Arizona, where the ceremonies were taking place. They were blocked by police officers so they moved marched elsewhere in town.

Shirley has proposed the $1.2 billion coal-fired power plant as a way to generate revenues and create jobs. But Navajos in the Shiprock, New Mexico-area say it will harm the environment and sacred sites.

Navajo elders occupied the power plant site shortly before Christmas. Shirley met with them but did not agree to pull back the project.

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