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Indian Burial Grounds Action Group.
In the Fall of 2001, Blue Clan Chief Mr. Millard Shelton and myself were
returning home from a meeting and, since we were in the neighborhood,
decided to visit the Oakville Indian Mounds. We do this occasionally to pay
our respects to our ancestors who are buried there. As you know, these are
the very same mounds located in Lawrence County, Alabama where the Lawrence
County Jaycees held their now infamous "Trail of Fears" Halloween carnival
in 2000, the very same mounds where many of our people (including yourself)
protested against this desecration of our ancestral burial ground, the very
same mounds where our non-violent brothers and sisters were sprayed in the
eyes with pepper spray, handled in a rough fashion by deputies of the
Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, hand-cuffed, arrested and taken to
jail for nothing more than standing up for the rights of indigenous people
everywhere. Lest anyone forget, Mr. Butch Walker who is head of the Alabama
Indian Education program in Lawrence County and who also oversees the use
and upkeep of the Oakville Indian Mounds park, was personally responsible
for this fiasco. Had Butch not actively sought to host this egregious event
in the Oakville park, the "Trail of Fears" would never have occurred. In my
opinion, there is only one word with which to adequately describe Butch
Walker's relationship with the Indian people. That word is "TRAITOR". In
every essence of the word, in every fiber of his being, he has betrayed the
Indian people for his own personal gain in a manner that cannot and should
not be tolerated. I firmly believe that he would do and/or say anything to
further enhance his perceived status in the eyes of those who would defile
our ancestors, traditions and culture.
To our amazement and horror, Butch Walker had once again purposefully
desecrated our ancestor's sacred resting place. He had laid out the route
for the Chickasaw Trails Run cross-country track meet, which is sponsored by
the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), in such a way that it
ran about one-third up and across one side of the large ceremonial mound.
Evidently, the track meet had occurred several days before and Butch hadn't
had time to properly remove all of the evidence. He had also erected both
start and finish gates within 100 feet of the ceremonial and burial mounds,
respectively, by digging holes for large posts that were sunk into the
ground. Notification of Butch's heinous actions, the adverse viewpoint of
the local Indian people, and a strong request that this not be allowed to
occur again were filed with the appropriate Lawrence County Board of
We have recently found out that Butch intends to once again host the AHSAA
track meet(s) in the Oakville mounds park. The date advertised in one local
paper was November 2002. Not trusting information in the local papers to be
entirely correct, I went to AHSAA's official web site for verification. If
you follow the links provided below, it is evident that they (Butch and the
ASHAA) are planning to hold not one but two track meet events this fall in
the Oakville mounds park, one in September and another in October.
Interestingly enough, no meet is scheduled for the publicized November date.
You can draw your own conclusions concerning that one!
Below are links to web pages that give the details of each meet. The
contact identified for more information is a Coach Stan Johnson of the Jesse
Owens Runners Club who can be reached at one of the following phone numbers.
School - 256-905-2440, Home - 256-974-1529, and Cell - 256-412-5688. If we
can get enough people to contact him and express our concerns, it might at
least open his eyes to the feeling of the true Indian community. By "true"
Indian community, I mean that Mr. Johnson is obviously listening to Butch
Walker at this time and may honestly believe that Butch is promoting the
wishes of the Indian people. I would prefer to reserve judgment on Mr.
Johnson until such time as he is presented with the facts about Butch's
selfish motives and the total disrespect that Butch has shown many times
over the past several years for the Indian community.
Here is the link to the Chickasaw Trails Run scheduled for September 7, 2002
Here is the link to the Jessie Owens Classic scheduled for October 5, 2002
Here is the link to the ASHAA contacts page. No individual person is named;
it's just a mailing address, physical address, phone number, and fax number.
Here is the link to the ASHAA 4A-6A schedule page. You can also find the
meet links above listed here on the official schedule.
For those who are not familiar with the "Trail of Fears" incident mentioned
above, please follow the link below and prepare to be enlightened/enraged.
This web site is dedicated to the Oakville Indian Mounds Trail of Fears
Protest of October 2000. Visitors who would like to read a day-by-day
detailed account of what actually occurred at the Oakville mounds should
click on the "Journal" tab. To those responsible for creating and
maintaining this site and its beautiful graphics, I offer my never-ending
With deepest regards,
Blue Clan Vice-Chief
Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama
From: [email protected]
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 10:14:06
To: [email protected]
Subject: [Native_Fraud_Investigation] Desecration of Burial Ground Continues !!!!
Many of you may remember the tragic desecration of the Burial
Grounds and the Sacred Site located at the Oakville Mounds Park in
Lawrence County,Alabama during the 2000 Halloween fiasco sponsored by
Lawrence County Jaycees. This despicable event was called the Trail of
Fears in mockery of our tragic page in american history that we now
know as The Trail of Tears During our non-violant protest of this
Halloween event, two of of our peaceful protestors were pepper sprayed
, very roughly handled, hand-cuffed, arrested and taken to jail by the
Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies.
The Lawrence County Jaycees were given permission to hold this
horrible event at the Oakville Mounds Park by Mr. Butch Walker, who is
the director of the park and who is also the Director of the Lawrence
County Indian Education Program for Lawrence County. Anyone of Indian
heritage would think that Mr. Walker would know better than be part of a
Burial Grounds and Sacred Site descration event. He could have easly
stopped the entire fiasco by simply saying NO!! Instead, Butch Walker
continued to show disreguard , disrespect and contempt toward the Indian
Community by giving permission to hold a cross-country race through the
Oakville Mounds Park as reported in the Thursday, September 13, 2001
edition of The Moulton Advertiser on page A-6 . Mr Jack Stone , Vice
Chief of the Bule Clan and myself had vistted the Oakville Mounds Park
and were stunned when we saw a race track had been layed out about 1/3
the way upon the side of the large Ceremonial Mound at the front of the
park and continued on through the park and ran with-in approximately 100
feet of the Burial Mound.
NOW, Butch Walker again continues to show disrespect, contempt,
and disreguard toward the feeling of the Indian Community by again
giving permission to Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)
the hold TWO ( 2 ) more cross country races through our Burial Grounds
and our Sacred Site. The first scheduled race is to be held on
September 7, 2002 and has the title CHICKSAW TRAILS RUN This title
is a slap in the face of all Indian People , especially the Chicksaws,
to use the name of one of the five civilized tribes to promote the
desecration of our Sacred Grounds!!!!
The second race to be run is scheduled to be held on October 5,
2002 and has the title of JESSE OWENS CLASSIC.
Butch Walker can, with out a doubt, be called a TRAITOR to
the entire Indian Community as he has continued to show disrespect to
our heritage and culture and to the Burial Grounds that is the final
resting place for the Ancient Ones.
Butch Walker has shown that he will do anything within his power to
futher his personal or political agenda.
I ask that all Indian Comminities come together to SHOUT loud and
clear against these despicable acts toward our People. You can do so
contacting the AHSAA by phone at 334-242-5654..Fax 334-240-3389 or by
e-mail at [email protected]
I would also suggest that contact be made with Butch Walker's direct
supervisor, Mr. Dexter Rutherford, who is the Superintendent Of
Education for the Lawrence County, Alabama school system. He can be
contacted by phone at his office : 256-905-2400, home : 256-974-7777
or by e-mail. His e-mail address is : [email protected]
FEEL FREE to forward this to anyone or any site that you feel can
help with this continuing struggle for our People.
Wado and Sincerely
Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama
NORTON, Kansas (AP) -- "While officials haven't yet disclosed its exact
location, a set of human remains uncovered in the Sebelius Reservoir is now
believed to be part of an Indian burial ground.
"Since the whole discovery of a Native American burial is very sensitive, we
would like to keep this as private as possible involving the Native American
groups, so we are not disclosing any details to the media at this time,"
said Bill Chada, an archaeologist with the federal Bureau of Reclamation.
The remains were found at the northwest Kansas reservoir on July 20, and an
investigation ruled out foul play, said Norton County Sheriff Troy Thomson.
The site has since been fenced off and is under 24-hour surveillance,
protection that will continue until further excavation or preservation can
"There are a number of federal laws that protect this archaeological and
burial site and we are trying to keep people out of the immediate area until
our work is complete," Chada said.
At the request of one of the tribes, no photographic coverage or public
visits will be allowed.
"We are consulting with the Native American tribes that have used the area
in the past and are formulating a plan for either excavation or to preserve
this burial site as much as possible," Chada said.
Several tribes are involved in the site, including the Apache Tribe of
Oklahoma; the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; the
Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation, Oklahoma; the
Kaw Nation, Oklahoma; the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule
Reservation, South Dakota; the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; the
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; and
the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Oklahoma.
Chada said the bureau and the tribes have already started consultation about
the site and how next to proceed.
"These tribes used this area for burial from time to time on their hunting
trips and travels across the area," Chada said. "If the plan calls for an
excavation, we will go to the site and remove any remains and artifacts. We
will again consult with the tribes for the final disposition."
© Copyright 2002 The Topeka Capital-Journal.
By MICHELLE BARBERCHECK Special to the Record-Eagle
GOOD HART - Tribal officials have confirmed that human remains discovered at
a construction site here earlier this week are those of an American Indian.
Emmet County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Bobra Johnston said a curator with the
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians on Tuesday positively identified a
partial skull and other bones unearthed by a contractor as being those of an
Johnston said tribal archives curator Joe Mitchell determined the decades-old
remains are likely of an elderly female because the bones are smaller in size
and there was evidence of arthritic condition in a femur bone.
She said the remains were discovered Monday on property off Lamkin Road in
Good Hart by an excavating crew from Matthews Landscaping in Harbor Springs.
The homeowners had hired the crew to alleviate a ditch-side drainage problem
that was related to construction of guest quarters on their property,
Often when American Indian remains are discovered in the area, Johnston said
the tribe will re-bury the bones at another tribal burial ground. However,
she said the property owners in this week's case, a middle-aged married
couple who declined to give their names to the media, want the bones found on
their land to stay right where they are.
"The homeowners want the remains to remain there because they believe this
was meant to be the (Indian's) final resting place," said Johnston. "The
woman (homeowner) told me she's always been aware there were spirits around
there because she's sensed their presence. But they're friendly and
protective spirits so she wants them to stay."
Johnston said Mitchell and tribal archaeologist Wes Andrews believe remains
found this week are only one set, but she noted the Good Hart area is known
to be a tribal burial zone where many others have been found in the past,
usually by construction crews.
"We get calls like this about once a year," Johnston said.
Johnston said the homeowners knew their property was possibly part of an old
Indian burial ground. She said the homeowners have lived at their Good Hart
home for 15 years and have been extremely cooperative with police and tribal
"They've been absolutely wonderful about all this," Johnston said, adding
that the landscaping crew was also very understanding in stopping their work
to allow officials time to identify and document the remains.
She stressed it's important for any contractor to contact authorities
whenever such a discovery is made, and assured that tribal officials will
work swiftly to keep work stoppages to a minimum.
By Kit Miniclier
Denver Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - EADS -
An unusual gathering of cowboys and Indians was intended to celebrate the
closing of the sale of a 1,465-acre ranch that is considered the heart of a
future Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
Instead, relatives of those massacred at the site, and townsfolk who live
nearby, learned there is an unspecified temporary glitch in the closing.
The site will be closed to the public for at least a year until there is
enough public land "to protect, memorialize, interpret and commemorate" the
site as Congress mandated, project supervisor Alexa Roberts of the National
Park Service said Tuesday.
Congress authorized a 12,480-acre site for the park, but only 240 acres have
been bought from three of 17 property holders.
Under terms of an agreement, Southwest Entertainment Inc. of Minneapolis is
to pay William Dawson $1.5 million for his ranch and then turn it over to the
Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma. The firm has a casino management
contract with the tribes.
Robert Tabor, chairman of the combined tribes, was among about 15 Indians who
attended the Eads meeting and answered questions from the public and Kiowa
"Tabor told us there is a glitch, but it will move forward," Commissioner
Vern Harris said. He said that Indians assured him that they "are not going
to do a casino at the site, which they consider sacred land."
Ultimately, the Park Service is expected to administer the site for the
"The gathering was to introduce the community to tribal folks who may be new
neighbors" and to answer questions, Roberts said.
It was also an opportunity to learn.
Listening intently, Phyllis and Don McDaniel of Eads heard the Indian version
of the massacre for the first time and then heard Indian elders outline plans
for a National Indian Cemetery at the site.
Much of the Indian perspective has never been written down but has been
preserved through the generations in the Cheyenne language as oral history,
said Whistling Eagle, whose great-grandfather survived the massacre.
Some audience members gasped when William John c'Hair of the Northern Arapaho
tribe of Wind River in Wyoming described the U.S. government's policy toward
Indians in the 1860s as "ethnic cleansing."
In those days, "the only good Indian was a dead Indian, and the Arapaho and
Cheyenne tribes were in the way of the transcontinental railroad," c'Hair
The killing fields of Sand Creek mark the spot where about 700 Colorado
militia troops methodically slaughtered 163 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians,
mostly women, children and old men, on Nov. 29, 1864. Historians believe the
massacre provoked the bloody battles between Plains Indians and Western
settlers that echoed across the West for many years as Indians sought revenge
for what they believed was a determined effort to exterminate them.
Before the massacre, the Sand Creek victims were ordered to surrender all
weapons at Fort Lyon, Whistling Eagle said.
They were then assured that they would be under the protection of the U.S.
government if they flew the American flag and raised a white flag "to
indicate you are a peaceful village," he said.
Both flags were flying when they were massacred, he said.
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
DISPATCH STATE SERVICE
HEATH, Ohio -- Answering complaints that the city tilts too much toward
commercial development, the City Council this week approved the purchase of
more than 200 acres of parkland.
"This is going to be like Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London,''
Mayor Daniel Dupps said yesterday. "Fifty years from now, the residents will
appreciate what council did.''
The council approved the deal on Monday.
Heath, a city of 8,700 people about 35 miles east of Columbus in Licking
County, has grown rapidly around Rt. 79 and the Indian Mound Mall. Dupps said
he wants to ensure that the city begins to preserve open space.
The city will buy 99 acres from the Anderson-Layman Co. of Newark and 130
acres from Daniel Forry of Russellville, Ky. The city will pay $122,219. A
state conservation grant will cover the remaining $366,656.
The land, off Licking View Drive, will be renamed Forry Park to honor the
family that once farmed the area.
A Hopewell Indian earthworks is on the property. The Licking River flows
through the site. Other than hiking trails, there are no immediate plans for
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