Groundbreaking ceremony for LCR bridge can expect protest

By Krista Allen
Western Agency Bureau

CAMERON, Feb. 7, 2014

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A protest is now underway before a groundbreaking ceremony at the Cameron Chapter house where President Ben Shelly, Vice President Rex Lee Jim, and Speaker Naize are expected to be Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

While the Arizona Department of Transportation hosts a groundbreaking ceremony for a new bridge over the Little Colorado River, Lorenzo Robbins, Angie Yazzie, and Renae Yellowhorse of the "Save the Confluence" effort along with several of their comrades will be protesting to let dignitaries and visitors know about the many problems facing members of the chapter. 

"When we're sleeping (at night), (trucks full of) uranium go by," said Robbins as he fasten a banner over the senior center sign near the highway. 

"I voted for Ben Shelly!" exclaimed, in Navajo, Julia Curley, 79, about the Shelly Administration. "Maybe he's scared of us!" 

A blessing ceremony was conducted this morning at Diné medicine man Adair Klopfenstein's hogan where 10 people, including Béésh Haagééd Chapter President Floyd Stevens, were in attendance. 

Na'ní'á Hasání Chapter President Milton Tso sat in for the community as Klopfenstein performed ordinances and blessings. 

A number of public figures including Arizona State Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai are expected to attend. 

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