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Navajo farmers suffer after Colorado mine fouls southwest rivers


SHIPROCK, N.M. — Roy Etcitty walked from his dead crops to the nearby banks of the San Juan River, where he stood in the mud and cried.

After more than a week without irrigating his field with the San Juan or using its waters to keep his horses hydrated, Etcitty, his long black hair waving in the evening breeze, pondered the river's meaning and was overcome.

"It's everything for us," he said. "It's a part of our life, they say. It's our livelihood."


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