Lawsuit: Army denies access to Hawaiian cultural sites
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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - A Native Hawaiian cultural group is suing the U.S. Army over access to a sacred valley.
The lawsuit filed Monday is the latest action in a long-running legal dispute over Makua Valley, the site of decades of military training.
Environmental law organization Earthjustice is representing the cultural group, Malama Makua.
According to the lawsuit, the Army is violating a 2001 settlement by restricting access to cultural sites. The lawsuit says the Army claimed in 2014 it needed to first obtain clearance from historic preservationists to cut grass near the sites. The lawsuit says the Army continues to deny access even after obtaining a grass-cutting agreement last year.
U.S. Army Hawaii spokesman Dennis Drake says officials won't comment on pending litigation.
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