Suit Filed to Block Proposed Theater





A plan to build an expanded visitor center and theater at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana violates both environmental and historic preservation laws, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The suit contends that the National Park Service (NPS) proposed construction will detract from the very historical setting it seeks to present to the public.


Plaintiffs include two former Chief Historians of the National Park Service, three former Superintendents of the Little Bighorn National Battlefield, the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association as well as Little Bighorn historians. Although NPS Director Mary Bomar has agreed to give the project further consideration, the project has legal clearance to proceed absent a lawsuit.


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