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Octagon Mounds petition
We agreed Tuesday night to raise money to pay Barbara's fine and
court costs and to ask contributors to sign a "petition" and provide
us with an address. The goals are paying off the court, enlisting
public support and getting names and addresses for a mailing list.
Here is the petition form followed by a short statement we may want
to use if we post this on bulletin boards or whatever. Feel free to
provide your own introductory statement if you wish; I think we
should all use the same basic statement on the "petition." We will
probably want to get this in the press at the time we pay off the
court, or even sooner.
I will send these two pages as an attachment and in the email itself
(see below). Let me encourage you to print them out and make your own
copies. You will find instructiions on where to send the money on the
bottom of the petition form,.
I've had $45 donated already and I've hardly mentioned it to anyone.
I hope to begin canvassing the campus tomorrow, while the issue is
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We the undersigned are contributing to Barbara Crandell's fine and
court costs because we support increased public access to the Newark
Checks should be made out to the Native American Alliance and mailed
to 539 Loys Run, Lucasville, Ohio 45648.
Support Greater Public Access to the Octagon Mound!
The Octagon Mound in Newark, Ohio, is part of a complex of ancient
earthworks built about 250 A.D. by the ancestors of Native Americans.
Recently an international team of archaeologists included the Octagon
and other parts of the Newark Earthworks in a book entitled The
Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World edited by Christopher Scarre of
Cambridge University and published in England. While scholars
consider the site immensely significant, Native Americans believe it
Barbara Crandell, a 73 year old Cherokee woman, has been praying at
the Octagon for more than twenty years. She was arrested for
trespassing when she went to pray on June 23, 2002, and was found
guilty in the Licking County Municipal Court on November 7. She was
fined $250 plus court costs, a combined total of $874.27.
Barbara had reason to believe the site is public. It was purchased
with tax payer dollars by the city of Newark in 1893 and the deed is
held by the Ohio Historical Society. However a private country club
has leased the land since 1910. Barbara is innocent if the land is
public, guilty if it is a private site.
The Friends of the Mounds, a coalition of archaeologists, Indians,
educators and others believes the site must be open to the public. We
are collecting money to pay Barbara's fine and court costs and we are
collecting the signatures of people who support public access to the
For more information see
Dr. Richard Shiels
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