The Ute Tribe
of Utah will move forward with a hatchery project over protests that the work is harming a sacred site.
The tribe is building a pipeline to a fish hatchery. Opponents say the pipeline will take water from Big Springs, a sacred site.
About 30 tribal members, including two spiritual leaders, were detained when they held a protest at the site on September 22. The two spiritual leaders were the only ones cited and both will face criminal charges in tribal court.
"I was arrested in defense of my tradition, a right guaranteed me and all Native Americans under the constitution," Jerry Tapoof told The Vernal Express.
The tribal court heard arguments over the project and said it could go forward after a 30-day evaluation period.
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Hatchery pipeline on Ute sacred ground halted for 30 days
(The Vernal Express 10/14)