Elders oppose Agua Caliente development deal

Some Cahuilla elders are opposing development of the sacred Chino Canyon near Palm Springs, California.

Alvino Siva and his sister, Katherine Siva Saubel, say the canyon was home to one, or possibly two, village. They say the spirit of Pedro Chino, a tribal leader who died in 1939, lives there.

"My concern is that they're going to destroy it," Alvino Siva, 84, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. He described the San Jacinto Mountains as the place where Cahuilla people drew their medicine, power and songs.

The tribe signed a letter of intent to develop 160 acres in the canyon. The deal could help Shadowrock advance a housing project that has been tied up due to environmental concerns.

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Tribe drawn into both sides of Palm Springs development fight (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 5/29)
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Relevant Links:
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians - http://www.aguacaliente.org
Shadowrock - http://shadowrock.net
Save Our Mountains - http://www.saveourmountains.com

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