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USNative American group suing San Antonio and Texas over cemetery issue at Alamo

23:05  09 september  2019
23:05  09 september  2019 Source:   mysanantonio.com

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Claiming that sacred remains at the Alamo are not being adequately protected in an ongoing state project at the old mission, a Native American group filed suit Monday in state district court against San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office and two other parties.

Native American group suing San Antonio and Texas over cemetery issue at Alamo© Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Claiming that sacred remains at the Alamo are not being adequately protected in an ongoing state project at the old mission, a Native American group filed suit Monday in state district court against San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office and two other parties.

The suit by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation “seeks to ensure that the regulatory processes are followed, and that the historic cemetery and lineal descendant’s rights are protected,” according to a news release.

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“No one wants this project to die. We want it to succeed. We feel this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for San Antonio to share the entire story of the Alamo,” said Ramón Vasquez, a spokesman for the Native American group.

Native American group suing San Antonio and Texas over cemetery issue at Alamo© Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Ramón J. Vasquez, center, emphasizes his points as Native Americans in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Mission meet with the editorial board of the Express-News on Aug. 15, 2019. On the left is Art Martinez de Vara. On the right is Linda Ximenes. A lawsuit filed Monday by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation says sacred remains at the Alamo are not being adequately protected in an ongoing state project.

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Claiming there is “undeniable genealogical evidence” that the Alamo was used as a cemetery for more than a century before the famous battle there in 1836, Vasquez has pressed for city, state and federal protections of the site.

The group is demanding a comprehensive archaeological historic cemetery study and an in-depth archival report be included in the Alamo plan.

Also named in the suit were the Texas Historical Commission and a subsidiary of the Alamo Trust Inc.

John MacCormack is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | JMacCormack@express-news.net | Twitter: @JohnMacCormack

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