I have looked for the documentation on the Oxford Al Mound and the Oklahoma Creeks. I wondered why they would even be involved? The Anniston Star published many articles on the mound and Sam's Club. The Sam's Club was not built on the mound and no human remains were ever found. To further add to the controversy were the conflicting reports on was the mound man made or was it created by natural forces? According to the Anniston Star Poarch was working with them all along as it should be. "A new Alabama law providing more protection for American Indian burial and ceremonial sites might have prevented much of the destruction of an ancient pile of stones behind the Oxford Exchange, according to a tribal cultural official. Robert Thrower, cultural director for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, said the new law would have allowed him and representatives from other American Indian tribes to legally challenge the mound’s destruction. “The mound situation was horrible,” Thrower said. “We looked for quite some time for some legal hook with the Oxford mound. The really frustrating thing there was there was nothing we could leverage legally.” Last summer Oxford, through its Commercial Development Authority, began tearing down the large hill which some experts, including those with the Alabama Historical Commission, say is a mound built by American Indians centuries ago. The dirt underneath was to be used as fill dirt for a planned Sam's Club nearby. The city later stopped demolishing the hill, which is situated behind the Oxford Exchange shopping center. Though suspected to be a burial site, to date, no human remains have been found at the mound. To Thrower, the lack of human remains does not matter. “What most people don’t understand is it doesn’t matter if there are burials underneath or not,” Thrower said. “It serves a function … it’s sacred unto itself.” Though the bill might have helped Thrower and others preserve more of the mound, it cannot do much for the situation now. This was published in the Anniston Star and the writer was Patrick McCreless. I fail to see the need for this blame game? The writer points out the divisions of the ones West of the Mississippi and the ones East of the Mississippi. Now if you could witness what I have, you see no divisions in the ones that support Hickory Ground. If you truly want to call out a division it is Traditionalist and Non-traditionalist. I know Poarch people right now that are being treated better by the ones in Oklahoma than their own.
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 03:13