Reclaiming Nikwasi Mound
Nikwasi Mound is a historic Cherokee sacred site. The legacy of the moundbuilder phase of the Indigenous societies of the eastern US left many similar mounds that have survived to this day, and even more which have been destroyed/occupied and turned over to settler use (farming, business, or private property). Nikwasi Mound is well known in American history due to the meeting of English explorer Alexander Cuming and a Cherokee council in 1730 CE., which led to the visit of a delegation of Cherokee to Britain.
There are well documented events of destruction and reoccupation of the mound, but the mound survives in the present day town of Franklin, NC. The current issue of this (and any other surviving mound) is the white inhabitants walking on the mound and spraying it with pesticides, all while the Eastern Band of Cherokee call for their right to purchase the area and protect it like any other historical sacred site. The town of Franklin had mixed reactions, and last year Mountain Partners (a nonprofit) was formed to cooperate with the EBCI requests for protection. The issue is still very relevant, and is a good example of the present state of the southeast's treatment of Indigenous history and sacred sites.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Web Site: