KINGMAN - Workers have found a possible burial site in the right of way of the new Diamond Bar Road.
According to Hualapai spokesman Dave Cieslak, a worker uncovered human remains approximately three miles into the construction site of the new road at the edge of the right of way on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property.
Ruben Sanchez, Kingman Bureau of Land Management field manager, confirmed that the site is on public land and said his office is working closely with the Hualapai Tribe.
All construction on that part of the road has been stopped and the area has been closed off until a team of scientists can inspect the remains and determine if they belong to a Native American.
"The remains are being treated with the utmost respect and care. This is very important and culturally significant to the Hualapai people," Cieslak said Tuesday. "A religious leader from the tribe will bless the site tomorrow."
Cieslak said the tribe and the BLM were previously unaware of this site's location.
A 2002 U.S. Bureau of Land Management environmental impact statement for the new Diamond Bar Road lists at least 14 known archeological sites in the area. The study states that the Grapevine Canyon and Diamond Bar Road area was considered a sacred place by many Native American tribes in Northern Arizona.
In other Skywalk news, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday abandoned all interest in the right of way for the old Diamond Bar Road on Nigel Turner's Grand Canyon Ranch.
The resolution was a bit of legal housekeeping that is necessary to make sure that the old right of way formally returns to Turner.
The Hualapai Tribe is building a new road that will eliminate some of the old dirt road's dangerous curves and bypass most of Turner's property.
Diamond Bar Road is the shortest route from Las Vegas to the Skywalk.
Turner put up a roadblock on the old road, which is still in use, at the end of May and started charging motorists an activity fee to cross his property.
He claims that the Hualapai Tribal Council is not following the requirements of a 2007 settlement agreement between Turner, Mohave County and the federal government.
Approximately nine miles of the new Diamond Bar Road will remain in Mohave County.
The last four miles of it are on Hualapai tribal land. The tribe has paid to pave the entire length of the road.
The county has maintained the dirt portion of the old road within the county limits for the last several years.
Once the new road is paved, the county will continue maintain the new portion that is within the county limits.
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
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How do they know the remains were Hualapai? I have no words to describe how greed will make individuals do anything for the sake of money. Mohave County, BLM, and BIA officials need to do a more thorough investigation into these burial sites.