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LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- A controversial dam built of earthen fill containing human bones continues to be the focus of litigation in south-central Oregon. No less than three lawsuits have been filed in connection to the relicensing of a Chewaucan River dam and levee north of Lakeview.
Built by state, federal, and private agencies to provide wetlands for wildlife and irrigation, the water project has stirred anger among native Americans since human bones were discovered sticking out of the dam. The area lies within the aboriginal territory of the Paiute Indians. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Klamath Tribe have filed suits against the agencies and a local rancher seeking demolition of the dam.
Court schedules indicate that it will be at least November before the suits go to trial. Meanwhile, tribal officials contend that high water continues to damage human remains and artifacts.
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