Utah train station won't be near sacred site

Tribes in Utah celebrated on Tuesday with a decision by new Gov. Gary Herbert (R) to stop construction of a train station at a sacred site near Salt Lake City.

Tribal leaders announced opposition to the FrontRunner station last month. They said the project would harm a 3,000-year-old village where artifacts have been discovered.

"It is a very sacred ground for us," said Rupert Steele, chairman of Utah Tribal Leaders and of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. "It's a place where our ancestors had ceremonies. They mourned their dead. They laughed and ran around and taught their children."

Herbert, who was sworn into office a week ago, agreed with the tribes and brokered a deal for the tah Transit Authority to relocate the train station to another site.

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