August 21, 2007

Toll road vs. sacred site

O.C. tollway could spoil burial site

The sacred burial site, mentioned in mission logs from the 1770s, abuts the planned extension of the 241 toll road.Robles is a member of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians.

The valley, where her ancestors lived 4,000 years ago in an ancient Acjachemen Nation village called Panhe, is threatened by a proposed six-lane toll road next to the site that could unearth human remains and damage a sacred spot that Juaneños have visited for generations.

"To Indian people, we go to these places because they're our Vatican, our Mecca," said the San Clemente resident. We "go for spiritual renewal."

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