Former Chairman of Moapa Band of Paiutes Dies

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Calvin Meyers, the former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes and outspoken opponent of building a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain north of Las Vegas, has died. He was 57.

Friends told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Meyers was buried Saturday with a traditional service in the Moapa Indian Cemetery. He died May 17 after suffering a stroke last year.

In addition to Yucca Mountain, The environmental activist also spoke out against NV Energy's coal-ash landfill at the Reid Gardner power plant near the reservation.

He also fought for protection of wilderness in the Gold Butte area and ancient rock art panels in Arrow Canyon 60 miles to the northwest.

Ian Zabarte, a Western Shoshone friend, said Meyers was "self-motivated and fought for the land and the people."

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