A Hawaiian cultural group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army for allegedly denying access to cultural sites in the Makua Military Reservation on Oahu.

Plaintiff Malama Makua is being represented by the environmental law firm Earthjustice.

Earthjustice said in a press release that access to numerous historic sites on the former bombing range has been denied for over two years in violation of a 2001 court-ordered settlement.

“The Army’s decision to cut off all access to Makua’s sacred sites for nearly two-and-a-half years is a betrayal of its promise and blatantly violates mandatory legal duties,” said Earthjustice attorney David Henkin in a press release.

Dennis Drake, director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Hawaii, declined to comment on pending litigation.

Sign and barbed wired fence fronting Makua Valley. 14 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Makua Valley is a former bombing range that’s still littered with unexploded ordnance.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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