Tribes Protest FrontRunner Project

March 4, 2010

Author: Laura Hancock

Source: Deseret News

Native American tribal leaders and environmentalists Thursday called the Utah Transit Authority "disrespectful" for its construction work on land that could contain 3,000-year-old artifacts.

"We are begging state and federal agencies to follow the law," said Zach Frankel of the Utah Rivers Council at a downtown Salt Lake news conference about construction of FrontRunner South Commuter Rail. "We'd love to not have to go to the media. We'd like to sit down with UTA."

UTA defended itself with its own news conference later in the day on the construction site that runs from 12800 South to 13000 South near the Union Pacific track. Officials said UTA is following the law, and requirements of communication with tribes only kick in when UTA discovers an artifact, which hasn't happened yet.