Road May Run Over Tribal Burial Grounds

North County tribe to sue County and developer over road

Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:46 PM PDT
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Road May Run Over Tribal Burial Grounds

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Road May Run Over Tribal Burial Grounds

A road planned in Vista may send cars over the remains of ancient members of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians.
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A road planned in Vista may send cars over the remains of ancient members of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians.

The remains were discovered in June 2011, around the same time when construction crews began work on the road, according to an exclusive report by our media partner, the North County Times.

Now the tribe has sued the San Diego County and Pardee Homes over the road, which runs northeast of Highway 76 and Interstate 15.

Though the road hasn’t been paved yet, Indian monitors say there could be more around where the road is planned.

"There's no doubt this site was inhabited for many generations ... it's played an integral role for the Luiseno people," P.J. Stoneburner of Saving Sacred Sites, the organization monitoring the property told the NCT.

"We will vigorously defend (against) the lawsuit," San Diego county spokesman Michael Workman told the North County Times.

For more on this conflict, read the rest on the North County Times' website.
 

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