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Vandals mar ancient petroglyphs

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are searching for vandals who damaged ancient petroglyphs in the north Georgia mountains — sacred rock carvings that date back thousands of years.

Archaeologist Johannes Loubser discovered the vandalism on March 26 and reported it to the U.S. Forest Service, he said Thursday.

The vandalism includes scars made by someone using rocks and knives, but also blue, red and yellow paint, he said.

The carvings at the site known as Track Rock Gap have been done over thousands of years, with the earliest known evidence dating back more than 3,000 years ago, according to the Forest Service. Many of them are believed to have been made over several hundred years by repeated visits by Native Americans, and many of the figures depicted in the carvings are believed to have been made during the past 1,000 years.

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Fishing rights untouched in Alaska takeover of navigable waters

The state of Alaska has announced it’s taking over management of navigable waters from the federal government.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy in late March accused the federal government of ignoring state rights and delaying conveyance of title to land under navigable waters to the state despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Sturgeon v. Frost two years ago.

Those rights are nothing new, said Heather Kendall Miller, Dena'ina Athabascan. She has defended subsistence rights for decades at the Native American Rights Fund, the largest legal organization defending Native American rights.

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Activists have been protesting against the Resolution Copper mine at Oak Flat for years, including this 2015 protest in Washington. Opponents of the mine now worry that the Trump administration has fast-tracked the mine’s final environmental impact statement – a claim both the mine and the U.S. Forest Service deny. (File photo by Jamie Cochran/Cronkite News)

Oak Flat hearing set

The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will host a legislative hearing on Chair Raúl M. Grijalva’s Save Oak Flat Act bill to permanently protect the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST on April 13.

The witness list includes Inter Tribal Council of Arizona President Shan Lewis, National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp and James Wells, chief operating officer of L. Everett & Associates.

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The future of Michigan Custer site

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A city in southeastern Michigan wants to hire an expert to try to reach a community consensus over the future of a monument dedicated to Gen. George Custer.

Custer, who lived in Monroe, has long been recognized as a heroic Army officer, first during the Civil War. But critics note that he also went to war against Native Americans before dying at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

Custer is immortalized in a statue that shows him on a horse in St. Mary’s Park in downtown Monroe. It sits next to an official Michigan historical marker. The city council voted Monday to seek a consultant who would work with the community.

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