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Army Corps allows permit for mine in Creek homeland

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved a permit for mine for clay in the homeland of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

The permit allows Cherokee Brick & Tile Co. to mine for clay in the Ocmulgee Old Fields in Georgia. The permit lasts for 50 years, the longest mining permit issued by the Savannah District of the Army Corps.

The Creek Nation vigorously opposed the permit. The tribe says burial grounds and archaeological sites will be destroyed.

Environmentalists and residents also fought the permit.

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