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Burning Man Threatens Suit Over Traffic Stops, Searches

RENO, NV (AP) — Burning Man organizers are threatening to sue federal officials over a dramatic increase in traffic stops of vehicles bound for the annual counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert 100 miles north of Reno.

 

The Reno Gazette Journal reported Friday the organization's lawyer sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs calling for an immediate halt to the "unconstitutional" tactic.

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Special counsel Adam Belsky also demanded federal officials preserve all records related to the traffic stops and searches on a state highway passing through Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal land.

 

The weeklong event that begins at midnight Sunday is expected to attract 80,000 people to the Black Rock Desert.

 

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Belsky says many of the traffic stops are attempts to intimidate and harass travelers doing nothing more than passing through the reservation on a state-maintained highway.