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MT Tribal Members on NW Tour to Spill “Dirty Secrets”

October 22, 2009

LAME DEER, Mont. - A Northern Cheyenne tribal couple is visiting towns throughout Oregon and Washington to share their side of the story about coal mining, and how the Northwest's dependence on coal has affected their way of life on the reservation.

Barbara Braided Hair from Lame Deer in southeastern Montana is telling an audience in Seattle tonight that growing coal mining operations are encroaching on tribal lands, ruining cultural sites and diverting water supplies.

"That's why I've come here to say that keeping the land the way it originally was has always been an issue."

Braided Hair says electricity is so often taken for granted, and she wants folks who depend on coal for their power source to think about the implications.

"Coal back from home is being used here in this area, and it's devastating to our homeland."

The "dirty secrets" tour is sponsored by the Sierra Club, which is calling for a "coal-free" Northwest. Washington State is making strides in switching to renewable energy sources, such as wind, but still depends on coal for about 20 percent of its power.

Proponents of coal-fired electricity say it's an important part of a diverse - and domestic - energy supply needed to meet demand, and coal mining is an important part of Montana's economy.

Braided Hair is speaking at the University of Washington at 7:00 p.m. She shared her family's story in Portland yesterday.


Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT