Quechan Nation elders stage protest against solar energy plant
Elders from the Quechan Nation are holding a protest against a solar power project on federal land in southern California.

Tribal members say the 709-megawatt solar farm will disrupt cultural sites and harm animal species. They want developer Tessera Solar North America to move the project.

“To me it’s a genocide of the tribal ways, the tribal beliefs and tribal culture, tribal religion," Preston J. Arrow-Weed of Pipa A'Koots, a tribal elders' group, told The Imperial Valley Press. "It’s a genocide.”

The tribe has sued the Interior Department for approving the project.

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