Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988) and the U.S. Supreme Court  


The United States Federal government wanted to construct access roads through National Forest Service Lands during the 1980s.  Three California tribes, the Yurok, Karok, and Tolowa, attempted to block a six-mile forest service road through what is the Six Rivers National Forest or what the Indians call their High Country, a sacred area used for vision questing, gathering of medicine roots and other ceremonial purposes. Prior to the proposed construction, the Indians had undisturbed access and use of the area. An impressive number of plaintiffs joined the tribes in the litigation, including the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, California Trout, Redwood Audubon Society, and the State of California, among others, against the United States government's proposal.




 Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protection Association (additional background) 


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