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Native American stone mound being turned into a Sam’s Club

Bulldozers in Alabama are tearing apart a 1,000-year-old Native American stone mound to use as fill dirt for the foundation of a new Sam’s Club.

Tribal advocates and state officials say a large stone mound that tops the 200-foot rise was put there a millennium ago by Indians during a religious observance. It is similar to rock mounds found up and down the Eastern Seaboard, historians say, and likely dates to Indians of the Woodlands period that ended in 1000 A.D.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Elizabeth Ann Brown of the Alabama Historical Commission. “I find it hard to believe that for fill dirt anyone would do this.”

4 thoughts on “Native American stone mound being turned into a Sam’s Club

  1. This is really too sad for words, but somehow not surprising, especially for America (and I say this as an American). Our appreciation for the past here is very tenuous and fragile, and, as such a young country, we don’t have a lot of history to remind us of the importance of preserving it — whether we regard it as “ours” or that of indigenous peoples.

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