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Riders on horseback following a three-day, 100-mile horseback ride from Black Mesa to Window Rock. The ride was intended to send a message to the Navajo Nation Spring Council session that the voice of tribal members and the future of Black Mesa should be fully considered in current coal royalty negotiations with Peabody Coal Co.

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Black Mesa residents ride to Window Rock

BLACK MESA, Ariz. - Residents from Black Mesa concluded a three-day, 100-mile horseback ride to Window Rock on Monday. The ride was intended to send a message to the Navajo Nation Council that the voice of all tribal members and the future of Black Mesa should be considered in current coal royalty negotiations with Peabody Coal. Many residents have expressed concern over the exclusion of community input in current coal royalty negotiations (aka "The lease Re-Opener") between the Navajo Nation and Peabody Coal Company.