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February 6, 2013

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February 6, 2013 Not so Fast-Track, says tribal elder by Shanana Rain Golden-Bear Quartzsite, AZ - Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, Chemehuevi Tribal Monitor and Historian of the non-profit La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, visited Quartzsite last week, during the QIA Gem and Mineral Show. La Cuna de Aztlan is a Native American organization whose mission is to protect and preserve sacred indigenous sites that are located along the Colorado River. Mr. Figueroa spoke regarding the federal government's "Fast Track" process of giving renewable energy projects priority status without proper communications with local tribes. Mr. Figueroa agrees with Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) arguement that expediting the review and approval process for renewable energy projects undermines the time needed to take tribal concerns into consideration. The CRIT is comprised of four tribes: the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo. CRIT Resolution #LNK-12-036, "Opposing the Department of Interior Fast-track Policies of Renewable Projects on Ancestral Homelands" was adopted in June, 2012 at the General Assembly of the National Congress of American Indians. CRIT wants better communications over the 40 proposed solar and wind renewable energy projects to be undertaken within a 50-mile radius of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. Last year CRIT launched a major attack on the Genesis Solar Energy Development Project (west of Blythe, Calif.) where Tribal Council Chairman Eldred Enas told Indian Country Today, "Tens of thousands of acres of land within the ancestral homelands of the CRIT people are being destroyed." As a federally-recognized tribal group with sovereignty over a 264,000-acre reservation, the Colorado tribes were offended that the BLM approved Genesis before holding "nation-to-nation" SEE ELDER PAGE 28 PUBLIC NOTICE Need Cash? Jim Buys in Quartzsite! We pay top dollar for: Scrap Gold, Gold Coins, Dental Gold, All gold Marked 10K, 14K, 18K Foreign coins, Silver coins, Old U. S. Coins, Proof Sets. All Type Coins, Old U.S. and Foreign Paper Money, Famous Autographs. OPEN 7 da a we ys ek! JIM BUYS GOLD Conveniently Located Directly across from McDonald‛s in Quartzsite! OPEN YEAR ROUND! 1240 W. MAIN ST. • QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA Page 3 The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~ Epictetus Quartzsite General Store, LLC For all your GROCERY NEEDS & MOORE! Stop in and see us! THE MANAGEMENT TEAM Don & Lois Moore Rick & Sherri Garlow Check out our NEW LOWER Prices & Friendly Service! Quality Meats at VERY Affordable Prices! Open Daily from 8am to 7pm Welcome Back Snowbirds! Beer & Wine Fresh Retail & Wholesale Meats Homemade Sausages Arizona Lottery & Pick Fish & Game Licenses A.P.S. Pay Station We Accept EBT and Debit Cards 410 E. Main Street, Quartzsite • 928-927-6310

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