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'Sacred' Reservations

September 13, 2002

I note in "Tribes Flex Power on Sacred Sites" (Sept. 10) a proposed new law to require Indian tribes to be notified of any proposed construction within 20 miles of their reservations to prevent construction on "sacred sites." One would believe this would lead to endless lawsuits. My question is about the large number of Indian casinos being built on reservations--are these, by their very nature, not sacred sites? It seems to be acceptable to devastate hundreds of acres of reservation lands for a gambling hall to be built, but I guess these are the new "sacred sites."

Thomas N. Trevor

Granada Hills

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