Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Featured, News

Sacred Sites Worth the Fight. -Sheena Louise Roetman

Sacred Sites Worth the Fight. -Sheena Louise Roetman

In Wetumpka, Ala., a Muscogee burial ground called Hickory Ground, or Oce Vpofv, is being illegally desecrated with excavation and development. Although this land is protected by the National Register of Historic Places, Archeological Resources Protection Act and under the rights of lineal descendents portion of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, it is none-the-less being turned into a casino parking lot. Unfortunately, this scenario is nothing new to those of us not living under a rock in Indian country. What is unique, however, is the fact that this is being done by a group of fellow Natives. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians obtained the parcel of land in 1984, the same year they gained federal status, from the state of Alabama, even though they have no ties to the land, under the condition that they preserve it. Since 1991, however, the PBCI tribal council has unanimously voted in support of this desecration in order to erect a casino. Hickory Ground is currently under a parking garage, and in April 2012 the council...

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