Group fights sacred site protection in New Mexico
A group of landowners and energy companies is challenging the placement of sacred Mount Taylor on the Register of Cultural Properties in New Mexico.

The group filed suit against the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. The plaintiffs say the committee violated the state's Open Meetings Act and that placing Mount Taylor on the register amounts to government endorsement of tribal religion.

Acoma Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe consider Mount Taylor to be one of their most significant sites. They want to protect the site from uranium development.

Get the Story:
Group Challenges Mt. Taylor Listing (The Albuquerque Journal 11/19)

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