Opinion

Proposed easing of effigy mounds preservation is expression of cultural disrespect

Proposed easing of effigy mounds preservation is expression of cultural disrespect

When it was first reported that state lawmakers were considering new, less restrictive rules for destroying sacred Indian mounds, we thought the proposal was unlikely to get very far.

After all, such expressions of cultural disrespect have not been well received amid rampant racial disparities and instances of hate speech. But the proposal hasn't gone away and we are getting increasingly concerned.

There's a rally coming up next Tuesday at the state Capitol and we think it's worth bringing to your attention.

The issue revolves around a Blooming Grove limestone quarry's bid to mine a plot containing Native American effigy mounds. Effigy mounds are sacred to Native Americans and contain many important spiritual and historically significant artifacts and knowledge. Destroying them is stunningly insensitive and morally wrong.

If technology can prove beyond a doubt -- acceptable to the tribe involved -- that a piece of land believed to be a mound is not, we'd consider it on a case-by-case basis.

Failing that the historical and cultural significance of these sites require protection.


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