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The Crying Indian vs. the Litigious Native American

Remember this commercial growing up?

How things have changed:

If 2010 was the year of big solar projects, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of big solar litigation.

Weeks after California and federal regulators approved the last of nine massive solar thermal power plants that would generate more than 4,000 megawatts, a Native American group has sued to block construction of six of the projects.

The La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle Advisory Committee, Californians for Renewable Energy, and five individuals allege that the United States Department of the Interior failed to adequately consider the environmental and cultural impact of the big solar projects.

The groups contend that Native American artifacts and burial sites could be desecrated at the Ivanpah, Calico, Genesis, Blythe, Lucerne Valley, and Imperial Valley solar power projects.

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