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May 13, 2014

No charges against NPS officials for construction on Indian burial ground

  • An investigation showed the superintendent and subordinates built boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed without consulting tribes and state archaeologists.
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Watchdogs said Monday that they're outraged prosecutors filed no charges against National Park Service officials responsible for $3 million in illegal projects that damaged a sacred American Indian burial ground.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids declined in 2012 to file civil or criminal charges against employees responsible for a decade of illegal construction at the Effigy Mounds National Monument on the Mississippi River near MacGregor, Iowa. The decision became public last week, when the Park Service released its 700-page report on a criminal investigation of the monument's former superintendent Phyllis Ewing and maintenance director Tom Sinclair.

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