Thursday, August 6, 2009

sacred hill bulldozed for new store

Destruction of sacred mound

Imagine a mound of earth created by Native American 1500 years ago - now imagine that,

"The hill, which many Native Americans from several tribes use for prayer and make pilgrimages to each year, is being torn down in order to provide fill dirt for a new Sam’s Club store, which is a partner of Wal-Mart."

The multi-billion dollar company has received assurances from Oxford Mayor Leon Smith that the city isn’t really damaging anything of significance."

Not to you smith, not to you.

"But Smith’s claims go against the findings of researchers who have said the hill and structures on it are of traditional importance to various tribal members. A city-commissioned study has even found tribal artifacts in the clay that composes the mound.

As the bulldozers started digging, all kinds of information about the sacred site began to be distributed online by Native activists from coast to coast. Facebook and MySpace pages, as well as other Web sites, have sprung up in dedication to the issue, with some now having thousands of group members."

Destroying a sacred site is par for the course for these greedy developers and the insensitive major. Using twitter and social networking to create interest in these destructions is new. Would be good to have more networks of like-minded people talking and working on issues that we need to know about here. Hmmmm perhaps that is part of what we are doing.

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