Army claims tribal rights 'always respected'
The U.S. Army claims it has "always respected" tribal religious rights at Fort Sill in Oklahoma even though the facility was built for the Indian wars of the late 1800s.

"Fort Sill has always respected Native American Religious Freedoms and Sensitivities, and we will continue to have a high regard for their heritage and customs," a statement provided to KSWO-TV said.

The Comanche Nation says its rights weren't respected when Fort Sill attempted to build a warehouse at the foot of Medicine Bluffs, a sacred site. A federal judge agreed and issued a preliminary injunction that halts construction until the tribe's lawsuit is resolved.

The tribe hopes the Army won't keep fighting in court and will agree to move the warehouse to a location that won't interfere with prayers and ceremonies.

Get the Story:
Tribes: Document shows Fort Sill museum director was left out of warnings on sacred site (The Oklahoman 9/25)
Judge rules in favor of Comanche Nation (KSWO 9/24)
Judge stops Fort Sill work amid sacred land claim (AP 9/24)

Relevant Documents:
Preliminary Injunction | Temporary Restraining Order

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