Concerns Over Indian Remains Stall LA Museum Grant

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By: Jacob Adelman, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP).- More than $104,000 in federal grant money could be withheld from a Los Angeles County-supported museum if officials fail to resolve American Indian tribes’ concerns over remains found during the facility’s construction. The National Park Service sent a letter Thursday to county capital projects manager Dawn McDivitt saying that settling the issue is a condition of the grant money’s release. The letter from NPS historic preservation grants chief Hampton Tucker, which was provided to The Associated Press, reminded McDivitt that the funds would not be released “until this issue was resolved in consultation with all concerned parties.” Tucker did not return a phone message Friday, and county spokesman Brian Lew had no immediate comment. The grant makes up a small portion of the total cost of around $24 million for the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes project, a Mexican-American cultural museum set to open April 16. LA Plaza presiden