Should renewable energy projects be allowed on Native American sacred sites? | KCET
Should renewable energy projects be allowed on Native American sacred sites?
While renewable energy projects can be very beneficial, providing alternative sources of energy as well as jobs, large-scale projects and their required infrastructure threaten Native communities, plants, animals and soils. In our excitement to complete these projects, development is often fast-tracked, ignoring sacred spaces such as ancient village sites and burial sites, as well as migratory bird and animal paths. The construction of such industrial development damages animal and plant habitats, and the impact of heavy machinery compacts and harms the soil. Human remains and funerary objects are dug up and removed before a dialogue can occur between developers and community members
"We're not against solar and we're not against industry coming to this area. What we're against is our people being dug up and the funerary artifacts being dug up." -David Harper (Mojave)
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