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Oakville Mounds Park -- Please Stop this Run!

Please stop this run through our sacred lands. It is wrong and we would like your support in stopping this event.

Edward Reynolds
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 Education authorities.

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 gratitude.

With deepest regards,

Jack Stone
Blue Clan Vice-Chief
Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama

Oakville Mounds Park -- Desecration of Burial Ground Continues

From: [email protected]
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 10:14:06
To: [email protected]
Subject: [Native_Fraud_Investigation] Desecration of Burial Ground Continues !!!!

Siyo everyone

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

Millard Shelton
Chief....Blue Clan
Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama

Indian burial ground remains found; Sebelius Reservoir: Officials won't release the exact location or the tribe involved, but say site was once Indian land

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 take place.

"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.

Indian bones found at construction site - Homeowners want remains re-buried somewhere else on their property

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 American Indian.

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, Johnston said.

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 officials.

"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. NAGPRA

'Glitch' delays Sand Creek land deal Purchase for massacre memorial on hold

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 County commissioners.

"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 tribes.

"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 said.

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.

Heath buys 229 acres to be used as parkland

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

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 the land.

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