By Heather Clark
Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP)

Five American Indian tribes hope to convince a state committee that Mount Taylor’s cultural resources are worth preserving, but opponents fear protection for the mountaintop will interfere with private property rights and economic development.

The state Cultural Properties Review Committee meeting will be the first time Mount Taylor will be considered for a permanent spot on the State Register of Cultural Properties after the western New Mexican mountain was given a temporary emergency listing during a heated meeting attended by hundreds of people a year ago.