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Water pumping station will not be built on historic site of tribal capital

A four-year battle between a Native American tribe and a Virginia water authority has ended after both parties agreed on a new location for water facilities, the tribe announced Wednesday.

The James River Water Authority will use an alternative route for its pumping station and pipeline project, which originally would have destroyed much of a site believed to be the Monacan Indian Nation’s historic capital of Rassawek, including a burial ground there. In exchange, the tribe will end its long-standing opposition to the project.

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