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Today, three Native American tribal leaders were forced back into court after years of failed negotiations with the government.

 Members of the Cascade and Klickitat Tribes of the Yakama Nation, as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, sued the government after it bulldozed sacred burial grounds, then spent the last two and a half years in dialogue seeking an agreement.

“The government has callously and needlessly destroyed a sacred Native American burial ground, and now it refuses to make things right.” said Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney in this case. “Although the government left the other side of the highway untouched, it bulldozed the burial site, lost sacred stone markers and removed safe access to the site. All the tribal leaders ask is that their beliefs and sacred sites be respected.”

For centuries, Native Americans have gathered food and medicine and buried their dead in the forests surrounding Mount Hood. Tthe Oregon Department of Transportation announced plans to bulldoze sacred burial grounds, ignoring the pleas of local tribal leaders.

“Desecrating these burial sites is in clear violation of federal law,” said Goodrich. “In fact, many of our laws regarding the protection of religious beliefs were passed by Congress precisely to protect the rights of Native Americans.”
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Responses to "Government Bulldozes Sacred Native American Burial Sites"

  1. Is there nothing we can do? I am upset and angered by the government's TOTAL lack of empathy and concern!!! TERRIBLE NEWS!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The government is wrong, so wrong. It seems they are always talking about everyone's rights except those who live in this country.

  3. Anonymous says:

    THE USA HAS NEVER, NEVER WILL KEEP ANY TREATY/PROMISE TO/ANY BODY. THEN US CITIZENS WONDER WHY IS THAT THE WORLD HATES THEM?

  4. When I see these articles, my heart becomes very heavy and sad. I do believe, however, that when the Creator asks those persons who are/were responsible for taking care of the ancestral grounds - He/She will be able to understand and forgive those who tried to stop the white man. The Creator is quite aware of the hate that is within some people. I believe Love will prevail. We do what we can to care for Mother Earth. Those who fail Her, will one day experience understanding also. Peace be with you.

  5. And they left the other side untouched...what a shameful thing you've done for a highway, Oregon.

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