Viejas Band headed back to court to stop reservoir at sacred site
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians of California is headed back to court on Friday over a water project at a sacred site.

The tribe won an injunction to halt construction of a $20 million reservoir. Ancestors and artifacts have been discovered at the site, which is home to a recently-unearthed Kumeyaay burial and ceremonial ground.

The Padre Dam Municipal Water District says it has consulted the tribe about the project. But the manager described the tribal remains as just a few bone fragments and disputed whether the site was a burial ground.

The California Native American Heritage Commission has designated the area as a sanctified cemetery. The state is siding with the tribe in the case.

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