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For Immediate Release: Arrests Made Protecting Sacred Hickory Ground

For Immediate Release: Arrests Made Protecting Sacred Hickory Ground

For Immediate Release​February 16, 2013 Native American Protesters Jailed After Attempting to Access Ceremonial Ground (Wetumpka, Alabama) Four Native American protesters were arrested for trespassing yesterday after attempting to access a ceremonial ground known as “Hickory Ground” in Wetumpka, Alabama. Three of the four men were released on bond for trespassing charges yesterday afternoon. An additional charge was filed against the leader of the group, Hickory Ground Tribal Town member Wayland Gray. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal law enforcement accused Gray of making “terroristic threats.” Based on the tribal police report, Gray is being held on a $30,000 cash-only bond at the Elmore County jail in Wetumpka, Alabama. “The Mvskoke people regard Hickory Ground as a sacred place, and should be allowed access under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act,” said tribal attorney Brendan Ludwick. “They have the right to express their disapproval of the excavation under the First Amendment,” he added. On December 12, 2012, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Hickory Ground Tribal Town filed a...

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