Petition forces decision on project by Cherokee sacred site
The North Carolina Utilities Commission will make a decision about an energy project near Kituwah, the ancestral Cherokee home.

A group called Citizens to Protect Kituwah Valley and Swain County submitted a petition to challenge the Duke Energy project. The group says electrical substation will harm Kituwah, about a half-mile away.

Duke must respond to the complaint by April 16. The commission is expected to rule on an injunction by April 27 and will make a decision on other issues at a later date, The Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opposes work at the site. Commissioners in Swain County have imposed a 90-day moratorium on development.

Kituwah is the birthplace of the Cherokee people. It was home to the tribe's ancestral village and the site of a year-round sacred flame.

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State to rule on Duke substation near Cherokee mother town (The Asheville Citizen-Times 4/6)

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