America is forever finding brand new ways to screw over its native peoples.
In California, the Cortina tribal leadership calls its landfill deal a financial savior, but like the people who live near other controversial Indian land projects, the farmers and ranchers who live below the Cortina land, and some tribal members, fear the landfill will leak and ruin the local environment.
“It has the potential to be a major disaster,” said Tom Griffith, a rancher who pastures his cattle 1.5 miles below the Indian land. “If you or I wanted to do this, it wouldn’t get past first base.”
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