Tribes, Firefighters Cooperate to Save Sacred Sites

August 2, 2007

Author: Jonathan Abrams

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,2564373.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

They were bleary-eyed from lack of sleep as they converged high in the San Bernardino Mountains at twilight.

While two lightning-ignited fires barreled toward Big Bear Lake last summer, the fire marshal and the Indian tribe member discussed their options on how to preserve ancient artifacts and still protect the community.

"We got knowledge there were 'dozer lines that went through and uncovered an archeological site," said James Ramos, cultural resource coordinator for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "It's real important to preserve the culture because it's really part of the history of the whole area."