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Indian Burial Grounds: Rest In Peace

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« on: July 19, 2009, 08:46:17 am »

Like Jerry Smith of the Lion's Club in Ottertail, Minn.

Last week he learned that it couldn't move a giant metal statue of an otter to a wooded hill at a prominent intersection near town, because the hill is one in a string of mounds.

"We'll look for another site," Smith said. "We don't walk on people's graves. That's just showing respect for the dead. I would expect the same if I was Native American."

Jones said that in some places, Minnesota Indians traveled long distances year after year to bury relatives in the same mounds. He said those places deserve to be undisturbed.

"It's the respect we have for loved ones, no matter how long they've been gone," he said. "Even if evidence of a mound is gone ... people need to understand that this is a sacred place. This site was chosen for a reason.

"It is instilled in us. You respect your loved ones."

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