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IOWA CITY (AP) -

A former National Park Service official contends she was unfairly fired over illegal construction projects that damaged one of the nation's most sacred American Indian burial sites.

In an age discrimination lawsuit filed last week, former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Phyllis Ewing says the park service made her a "scapegoat" to appease interest groups and protect others' reputations.

An investigation found that Ewing and a subordinate repeatedly ignored laws that required archaeological studies and input from tribes before building boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed.

The projects removed stone artifacts and impacted scenic views at the site in northeast Iowa, which contains mounds affiliated with 12 tribes.

Ewing claims she had no training on how to conduct the required reviews, and the problem "was epidemic in the agency."

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