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Northern Cheyenne tribe to look at sites along railroad path

The Northern Cheyenne tribe is planning additional investigations of cultural sites along the path of a proposed railroad that would open new areas of southeastern Montana to large-scale coal mining. Tribal Councilmember Conrad Fisher said elders will revisit areas previously surveyed by contractors for the Surface Transportation Board as the agency considers the Tongue River Railroad. Fisher says the tribe wants to ensure sacred and important sites are protected. "We want to make sure we have a correct interpretation" of cultural sites, he said. The $403 million rail line is proposed by BNSF Railway, Arch Coal and candy industry billionaire Forrest Mars Jr. Its sponsors want...

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