Federal Laws Clash Over California Massacre Site
- Two federal laws are clashing on the dusty shores of California's Owens Lake.
The lakebed, dry for 90 years, is the largest single source of particulate matter air pollution in the country. It is also the site of at least one massacre of the Paiute Indians.
Artifacts discovered two years ago but kept quiet to prevent looting and vandalism point to evidence of the massacre of 35 Paiute Indians in 1863, said Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, tribal historic preservation officer for the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation.
"They found musket balls and what looks like bullets, but loaded from the end of a muzzle," she said. "They're from the late 1800s, military-issue."
The discovery wasn't surprising for the four tribes that live in the areaLone Pine Paiute-Shoshone, Fort Independence, Big Pine Paiute and Bishop Paiute.
"It's a massacre site that we have known about for many years," Bancroft said. "We've known forever, but we didn't have proof."
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