From sacred to suburb

  A neighborhood group in Boise, Idaho, is trying to raise $75,000 to protect Native American burial sites from residential development. The East End Neighborhood Association wants to buy land sacred to Shoshone, Bannock and Paiute tribes near Castle Rock, a mile from downtown Boise. For centuries, the tribes say, their sick and wounded came to the area to bathe in the healing waters of a warm springs lake. Those who didn't survive were buried on surrounding hillsides. One hundred years ago the lake was drained to build the first American hot springs resort, and the burial site, located in a prime residential area, is now owned by private developers. According to the Idaho Statesman, 52,000 new homes are planned on or near the burial site within the next 10 years. The city of Boise has already purchased 45 neighboring acres for a park. The East End Association, if it can raise the money, will donate five acres to the city in hopes the city will build a cultural center to explain the importance of the land. For information, write John Goertzen, East End Neighborhood Association Inc., Box 2145, Boise, ID 83701 (208/345-2444).

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