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Archaeologists oppose Quechan casino plan

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  • Robert Schmidt
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      Archaeologists oppose Quechan casino plan

      October 25, 2007 - 11:36AM

      Archaeologists with a regional museum have joined the protest against the
      Quechan Indian Tribe's constructing its next casino on what some tribal
      elders and researchers consider historic and sacred land.

      Leaders and archaeologists with the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum
      Society near El Centro have petitioned the Quechan Tribal Council to stop
      construction, stating that, "To destroy this site runs counter to Quechan
      tribal policy of protecting the cultural past of its tribal lands."

      A letter to the tribal council was signed by two archaeologists who
      surveyed the building site west of Yuma near Pilot Knob. The letter states
      that the researchers found "numerous cultural artifacts on a
      100,000-year-old pebble terrace (now) slated for destruction."

      Work on the $200 million casino and resort project recently resumed
      following a public vote that asked tribal residents if they wanted the
      tribe to choose a new site or continue work. The vote came as the result of
      a petition drive led by a group of tribal elders who consider the Pilot
      Knob area to be sacred ground, once the site of a major ancient Quechan
      settlement.

      Check back throughout the day as The Sun updates this story. Calls have
      been placed to the museum society's leaders for further comment.
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