(EnviroNews Nevada) – On a cold and gloomy day in Salt Lake City a hoard of protestors gathered outside of the Gary Herbert Energy Summit to detest an array of what they deemed to be failed energy policy and industrial polluter giveaways. Amongst the array of speakers was one man from Nevada. That man, William Anderson, who is the Tribal Chairman of the Moapa band of Paiutes in Southern Nevada.
Anderson spoke clearly to an attentive crowd about the horrors visited on his Native American peoples from a coal fired power plant that he, and many amongst his tribe claim causes them tremendous health problems and even death. The Chairman told of their lawsuits currently underway in an effort to put an end to the madness. Equally important were his tales of a massive solar project underway on tribal land that he said is the first of it’s kind.
Anderson spoke of the value in taking care of the earth and the environment and expressed the importance of making the leap to green, clean, renewable energy. Many who we spoke to at the “Clean Energy Now Rally” held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, said they felt inspired by witnessing Native American leadership regarding stewardship of the land and renewable energy technology.