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Shoot: Solar System Installation in Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

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In July 2016, two solar installations happened around the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Montana.

On July 4th, Northern Cheyenne tribal member Elsie Weaslebear commissioned her net metered solar system in Lame Deer, Montana. It is the first net metered solar installation in a rural Montana energy co-op.

Just months ago, Arch Coal was proposing one of the largest coal mines in the nation right next to the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Elsie's home. The Otter Creek Coal Mine and adjoining Tongue River Railroad would have destroyed ranches where Montanans live and work. It was proposed on Northern Cheyenne ancestral homelands just miles from the reservation. After years of community activism, the Otter Creek Coal Mine and Tongue River Railroad proposals were defeated.

On July 6th, the Spangs home in Ashland, Montana, had rooftop solar installed by a group of Penn State students and local Northern Cheyennes.
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