Native Americans to weigh in on NY bridge project

New York, NY – A $630 million project to replace New York City's Kosciuszko (Kuh-SHOOS'-koh) Bridge will include input from Native Americans in Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Highway Administration spokesman Doug Hecox says New York state has notified federal officials that the project could affect some ancestral land of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, based in Wisconsin, and the Delaware Nation, based in Oklahoma.

Dan Keefe of New York's Historic Preservation Office says preliminary studies show the area could hold buried artifacts.

Letters are being mailed to the tribes this week. They will have 30 days to respond.

The bridge carries the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway over Newtown Creek.