Developer says housing won't harm cultural sites

The developer of a large housing project in the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada says cultural sites dating back thousands of years will not be harmed.

The Howard Hughes Corp. has developed a preservation plan for 75 acres it owns. The company says it will protect petroglyphs and potential burial sites.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing a permit needed for the project. Under federal law, the development must comply with the National Historic Preservation Act to protect cultural resources.

The Army Corps has consulted with the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe of Nevada and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona about the plans. The tribes are most concerned about places where ancestors may be buried. They want future homeowners to be made aware of the burial sites.

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Tribes hope to protect ancient sites (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 9/13)