RELIGION

Indian-Americans clash with cowboy town over proposed center

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, Bonnie Slager, president of the Norco Horsemen's Association feeds a carrot to one of the nine horses she keeps at her house, in Norco, Calif. A Southern California city has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The retired accounting professor said the Hindu community is welcome but a big domed building with potential drainage problems is not.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, Bonnie Slager, president of the Norco Horsemen's Association feeds a carrot to one of the nine horses she keeps at her house, in Norco, Calif. A Southern California city has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The retired accounting professor said the Hindu community is welcome but a big domed building with potential drainage problems is not. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, two women on horseback ride near downtown in Norco, Calif. The Southern California city has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The decision last month by the city of Norco has riled some Indian-Americans who say the move was discriminatory.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, two women on horseback ride near downtown in Norco, Calif. The Southern California city has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The decision last month by the city of Norco has riled some Indian-Americans who say the move was discriminatory. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, the Bob's Big Boy statue sports a cowboy hat in Norco, Calif. The city of Norco has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The decision last month by the city of Norco has riled some Indian-Americans who say the move was discriminatory. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, the Bob's Big Boy statue sports a cowboy hat in Norco, Calif. The city of Norco has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn’t fit in with its Old West-style motif. The decision last month by the city of Norco has riled some Indian-Americans who say the move was discriminatory. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

A Southern California city has rejected plans for a proposed Hindu cultural center partly because officials say the large, domed building doesn't fit in with its Old West-style motif.

The decision last month by the city of Norco has riled some Indian-Americans who say the move was discriminatory.

Norco officials say the city has branded itself as "Horsetown USA" to preserve a rural feel and draw much-needed investments in equestrian facilities. They say the proposed cultural center was too big for a small lot and didn't match the city's architectural style.

The controversy has focused attention on a small but growing Indian-American community in the suburbs south and east of Los Angeles and efforts by Norco to keep its cowboy culture as Southern California becomes increasingly diverse.