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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Okla. tribe fear losing access to mountain

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is pushing back against a rock crushing company that the tribe says will soon start mining gravel out of a mountain long considered sacred by tribal members.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is pushing back against a rock crushing company that the tribe says will soon start mining gravel out of a mountain long considered sacred by tribal members.
     
    The Kiowa Tribe has gathered cedar and performed ceremonies on the Longhorn Mountain since the tribe was relocated from the northern Plains to a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma in 1867. But the Kiowas' long-standing tradition could be in jeopardy after the tribe says some of the mountain's land owners leased water and land rights to a Cushing-based mining company.
     
    Kiowa historian Phil Dupoint says the tribe has had a "gentlemen's agreement" with the private landowners over the years, but fears that won't be possible once the company starts mining for gravel.
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