Construction on Federal Lands under the NAGPRA Laws require Tribal and Cultural identification of the Ancestral remains by Archaeological Survey.in order to identify the direct lineal descendants and afterward reburial of the Ancestral remains by their (proven) direct lineal descent Tribal descendants..Many Federal entities have been required to do this in the recent past and for many years that procedure has been status-quo and accepted under the NAGPRA Law by many Federally Recognized Tribes.The Poarch Creek were required to get BIA and Department of Interior Approval including adhering to NAGPRA Federal Law guidelines and BIA Inspections. Tribes should petition Congress to amend the NAGPRA Law to change this Archaeological digging identification requirement instead of hating and blaming the Poarch Creeks? In 2006 Poarch Creek Tribal Administrator Fred McGhee invited an Oklahoma Creek delegation to Hickory Ground, Wetumpka, Alabama. This event was well documented in the local newspapers, the Montgomery Advertiser and the Wetumpka Herald. The purpose of this invitation was to work out a mutual and respectful solution for both tribes in the reburial of all the Hickory Ground Ancestors. Poarch Leader Fred McGhee made an offer of mutual tribal participation for the Oklahoma Creeks to perform a traditional prayer reburial ceremony in a "back to nature" area with the memorial and reburial location on the Hickory Ground site that was specified as a protected site and special memorial to those Hickory Ground Ancestors. The response of all the Oklahoma Creeks was sarcasm and to scoff at the Fred McGhee offer, reported in the local newspapers. Yet five years later Oklahoma Creeks sent their representatives to Fort Benning, Georgia and they approved a "hands on" digging up of the bones and remains of the Ancestral Sacred Graves and they worked with Fort Benning to rebury those same Ancestral remains in a different location without requiring a "back to nature" requirement? They also approve a road running over which desecratied the original locations of those Sacred Burial locations of the Ancestors. They can do that and no Oklahoma Creek protestors at Fort Benning?.There are a lot of hypocritical actions by the Oklahoma Creeks. Yet they still refuse to work out a mutual solution for Hickory Ground Ancestors with Poarch Creeks?.These events are all documented in the Columbus, Geogia Ledger-Enquirer. Another recent account, just a few years ago the Oklahoma Creeks came to Oxford, Alabama and approved for the city to tear down a Sacred Ancestral Mound at Oxford, simply for the purpose of building a Sam's Club over that Sacred Mound of the Ancestors and one stipulation, just asking reconstruction of a fake mound near the reburial of the Ancestors in a different location than the original burial site. These events were recorded in the local Anniston-Oxford, Alabama newspapers. I did not see any Oklahoma protestors there either? What about the destruction of the Helvpe-Oaktasasi Ancestral site in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, due to the construction of a power plant that is now continually disturbing the ground and the resting places of the Ancestors? No Oklahoma protest at that site either? The Oklahoma Creeks can be hands on involved to allow these types of desecrations with no protest or continual media news about these events and their actions, yet they are allowed in the news media to play public judge to the Poarch Creeks? Why does the news media avoid reporting these kinds of activities of the Oklahoma Creek allowing desecrations to take place and yet they say to other tribes "we don't dig up our dead" and they continually publicly on facebook and in newspapers desecrating the Poarch Creek Ancestors with their words day and night. I dare you in Indian Country to search out the truth in those local newspapers and post the truth!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 04:01