10 Apr '12, 1am

A Sacred Peak With Rich Ore Deposits

A Sacred Peak With Rich Ore Deposits

A Sacred Peak With Rich Ore Deposits By JIM ROBBINS The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana are seeking to have a mountain peak listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the hope of calling attention to a copper and silver mining company’s plans to burrow beneath it. The tribe has traditionally used the site, Chicago Peak, for praying, fasting and seeking visions. A listing on the register would not legally prevent the mine from going forward. Still, the tribes hope to turn public opinion against the “hollowing out” of a spiritual site and to avert negative environmental impacts from the project, Rock Creek Mine . Revett Minerals The Rock Creek mine would tunnel under Chicago Peak, a site that holds cultural significance for Indian tribes. “The peak is related to origin stories that took place during the time of creation of the Kootenai world,” s...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/a-sacred-peak-w...

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