Navajo Indian activists made it loud and clear that Sen. John McCain is persona non grata in the Navajo Nation. A group of Animus activists chased McCain’s vehicle while he was leaving the reservation. The group was protesting the EPA’s Gold King Mine spill.
The group voiced their anger regarding the Gold King Mine spill. They protested McCain’s visit to the Navajo Nation.
The Navajo Nation still has to refrain from using river water for irrigation and livestock. The Animas River has reopened in Durango and San Juan County. This happened two week after EPA’s workers accidentally spilled more than 3 million gallons of contaminated waste into the river near Silverton, Colorado.
The demonstrators staged a sit-in during McCain’s appearance in Window Rock to pay tribute to Navajo Code Talkers.
As McCain was leaving, the group chased the cars off the property and tried to follow them to the airport.
A spokesperson for Sen. McCain sent KOB the following statement Monday:
“Senator McCain took off and returned home with Governor Ducey exactly as scheduled, and he certainly wasn’t “chased off the reservation. This small group of young protesters had no impact on his productive meetings with top tribal leaders on a range of key issues, including the EPA’s recent Gold King Mine spill which threatens to contaminate the Navajo Nation’s water supply.”
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