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Navajos Say USA Lets Utilities Rip Them Off

ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - The Department of the Interior lets utilities companies trespass and cheat Navajo landholders on rights of way for natural gas and oil pipelines in the Four Corners region, a class action claims in Federal Court.

Plaintiffs are eight individuals and the Shii Shi Keyah Allottees, which claims to represent 2,500 to 3,000 Navajo allottees. They claim the federal government breached trust and allowed the utilities to cheat Navajos.

Here are the defendants: Public Services Company of New Mexico, El Paso Corp., Enterprise Products Partners LP, Kinder Morgan, New Mexico Gas, Transwestern Pipeline Company LLC, Tucson Electric Power, Western Refining, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and the United States of America.

The Navajos are represented by Catherine Baker Stetson.

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